Community Chest Grants

The Community Chest Grants scheme is available to voluntary and community groups wishing to improve the quality of life in South Cambridgeshire. They are small grants of up to £1,000 for one-off costs relating to a project or activity. 

Communities are invited to apply for funding to commemorate the 75th anniversary of VJ Day.  Applications should be made using our online form below.

Apply online for a Community Chest Grant

Who can apply?

Applicants must:

  • Be a non-profit group or organisation based in South Cambridgeshire or benefiting South Cambridgeshire residents OR a public sector body with a demonstrable community focus (individuals and businesses are not eligible)
  • Be a Parish Council (PC) or Parish Meeting (PM) with fewer than 160 registered electors* 
  • Have a written constitution or mission statement
  • Have an elected committee or representative steering group
  • Be able to provide an up to date copy of their accounts and any relevant protection policies

Please note: The Committee reserves the right to supersede this clause should the PC or PM show good cause, for example, The PC or PM have multiple settlements and the application pertains to any one of these which satisfies the 160 elector threshold; or registered electors are within 10% of threshold.

How much can be applied for? 

The maximum award is £1,000 in any single financial year (April-March) and can be for 100% of the project’s costs. Where the initiative seeks to upgrade a Parish Council (PC) asset, there is an expectation that the PC will match-fund the project up to the £1000 limit (except where the PC/Parish Meeting qualifies due to its size). 

What must the project deliver?

The community activity or project must:

  • Help us deliver one or more of the following aims:
    • Promote healthy and active communities
    • Enable inclusive communities
    • Develop skills
    • Enhance the natural environment
  • Meet local need and leave a legacy for the community
  • Ensure equality of access

When can groups apply?

The Community Chest opens in April and October each year, with 50% of the annual budget released at each point.  Groups can apply at any time during the financial year until the funding is fully allocated for that period.

What supporting documentation is required?

  • A copy of your organisation’s constitution or mission statement
  • A copy of your latest accounts (audited if available)
  • A quote for the community activity or project
  • A copy of your Safeguarding policy

We strongly recommend that all applicants subscribe to the CCVS service.

If there is high demand for funding it may mean that we are only able to make a contribution to your project. We reserve the right to prioritise based on funding available, size of electorate, parish precept, indices of deprivation, number and type of applications received at any given time, priorities for the financial year and value for money.  Eligibility does not guarantee grant funding. 

Finally, the more relevant information you can give the more likely your application is to succeed in a timely manner.  We cannot give a full list of the information required because all projects are different, but for example if you are applying for funds to improve the fixings of a venue we would need to know who owns the venue and why they are not investing in it, if you are running an event we would need to know the location and the audience.  Help us to say yes to you.


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