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.
Deadline extended for applications for VE Day commemorations
Ahead of VE Day on Friday 8 May, the Council is inviting communities to apply for Community Chest funding to help mark the 75th anniversary.
The February deadline has been extended until 15 March, to give groups more time to apply ahead of the end of March Grants Advisory Committee - so that funding can be awarded prior to 8 May.
Communities are still invited to apply for funding for VE Day commemorations after 15 March, until 7 May, but are advised that the funding won't be available to them in time for VE Day itself on 8 May.
Read our news release for ideas about how you could use Community Chest funding to commemorate VE Day.
Who can apply?
- 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
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.
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