Community groups share thousands in Council funding

5 September 2017

Eight community groups across South Cambridgeshire are celebrating after each being awarded a share of nearly £7,000, as part of a fund to support local clubs and projects.

The Council’s Community Chest grants scheme is open to voluntary and community sector groups and Parish Councils, and the latest batch of grants has now been confirmed.

New kitchen equipment will be purchased at Cottenham Community Centre, in part thanks to a £1,000 donation from the Council’s Community Chest.

£1,000 from the Chest is going towards the purchase of a secure storage facility at 1st Harston Scout Group.

Another £1,000 will be used by Elsworth CE Primary School to help with the costs of setting up a before and after school club.

Grantchester Village Hall Committee will be running a computer club in future, after the group received £1,000 to purchase new equipment for that purpose.

The South Cambs School Sport Partnership will use their funding to buy new sports equipment, while a stand-up see saw for installation at Milton Country Park is to be paid for from funding given to the Cambridge Sport Lake Trust.

Replacement LED lighting for Dry Drayton Village Hall will be contributed towards thanks to a grant, and start-up costs for the upcoming Icklestock Festival have also been paid towards.

Cllr Simon Edwards, portfolio holder with responsibility for community grants at South Cambridgeshire District Council, said: “Once again our Community Chest fund is delivering money to some really worthwhile causes.

“It’s particularly pleasing to see that a wide variety of groups have been successful in their applications.

“Each of the pieces of funding that we’ve handed out on this occasion will make a positive difference to their communities.

“I’d really encourage other local groups that have a project in the pipeline to apply for funding.”

Funding is still up for grabs this financial year for voluntary and community groups, charities and parish councils who all work towards improving the quality of village life for local people.

Grants of up to £1,000 are available for:

  • Improvements to community facilities
  • Repairs to historic buildings/monuments/memorials
  • Tree and hedge planting schemes
  • Equipment and materials
  • Start-up costs

Grant applications are accepted at any time, until the funding runs out, and can completely or partially cover the costs of a project, equipment or work. For application forms and full details about the fund, plus guidance on eligibility, visit this section of our website.

Full list of grants awarded:

Name of Applicant

Project Description

Total Cost of Project (£)

Total Awarded (£)

Icklestock Festival

Start up costs for Icklestock Festival



South Cambs

School Sport


Purchase of sports equipment



1st Harston Scout


Purchase of a secure storage facility



Elsworth CE

Primary School

Start up cost for a before & after school club



Cambridge Sport Lake Trust

Purchase of a ‘stand up see saw’’ as part of the redevelopment of the play area at Milton Country Park




Community Centre

Purchase of kitchen equipment as part of a wider upgrade 



Dry Drayton Village Hall

Replacement LED lighting for the village hall



Grantchester Village Hall Committee

Purchase of equipment for a computer club