Nearly £25,000 awarded to support South Cambridgeshire communities

26 May 2017

Twenty-nine community groups are celebrating after being awarded a share of £24,735 to support local clubs and projects.

The money awarded from South Cambridgeshire District Council's community chest scheme has scored well with Whittlesford Warriors Football Club who received £1,000 towards new goal posts.

Bar Hill’s community pre-school also swung in to a £1,000 windfall to replace a surface for their play equipment. This will allow them to extend their climbing frame.

Further funding was awarded to Waterbeach Toddler Group to help create an outdoor play space in their new premises and to Barton Bowls Club towards the purchase of new equipment to aid the Club’s expansion. Money also helped Linton Cricket Club to buy new safety helmets and Great Chishill Windmill Trust to repair and paint the trestle of Great Chishill windmill (see full list of the recent grants awarded below).

Almost £30,000 more is still up for grabs this financial year for voluntary and community groups, charities and parish councils working 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

Cllr Simon Edwards, portfolio holder with responsibility for community grants at South Cambridgeshire District Council, said: “These grants are becoming increasingly popular and we are thrilled with the quality, quantity and variety of applications coming through. We appreciate that voluntary and community groups are finding it harder than ever to secure the funding they need to get projects off the ground and we are pleased to be able to do our bit to support the excellent work they do to deliver services to our residents.

“With demand so high, there is no doubt that the funding will run out soon so, if you need help with a particular project, I urge you to apply straightaway. Grants are awarded on a first come, first served basis."

A spokesperson for Bar Hill Pre School committee said: “We pride ourselves on offering an outstanding and stimulating outdoor environment for our children to learn and explore in. We are always wanting to update our facilities so we are grateful to South Cambridgeshire District Council for their allocation of a grant to us. The new permanent play surface will allow children to climb higher and have a softer surface for landing on. Not only that, staff will no longer have to constantly sweep the loose chippings away, instead be able to play more with the children. With constant pressures on finances, we would not have been able to fund this project ourselves.”

Grant applications are accepted at any time 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

Full list of grants awarded in May 2017:


Project description


Steeple Morden Bowls Club

Replacement windows and fire escape doors.


Bottisham Swimming Club

Starting blocks.


Mother Goose Pre-School

Installation of a new climbing frame


Bar Hill Pre-School

Replacement safety surface for play area


Barton Bowls Club

Equipment to aid expansion Club’s expansion, specifically   aimed at recruiting young members


Coton Village Hall

Replacement of old chairs for the village hall


Waterbeach Toddler Group

Creation of outdoor play space in new premises


Dry Drayton School & Village Association

Purchase of shed to store 2 marquees + mountain bikes owned   by the village association


Fen Drayton Village Hall

New sign to promote the village hall


Cambridge Open Art Exhibition

Replacement exhibition boards and hanging equipment


Grantchester Cricket Club

Roll-on covers


Hale Road Allotment & Gardening

Purchase & spreading of road planings   to improve the carpark surface


Arthur Rank Hospice

Equipment for a gardening project


Linton Action for Youth

Repair of roof at drop-in centre which facilitates youth   work


Comberton Baptist Church

Games consoles to help create attractive youth club that   can be used as a regular meeting place


Great Chishill Windmill Trust

Repair/painting of trestle Gt Chishill   Windmill


Linton Cricket Club

New safety helmets


Avenelles Way OAP group

Chest freezer for the lunch club


Cambridge St Giles Cricket Club

Installation of showers in the pavilion.


Whittlesford Warriors Football Club

New goal posts following pitch expansion


Cambridge Past, Present & Future

Lawnmower and accessories


Croydon Reading Room

Installation of Eco lighting


Friends of Girton Glebe

Hall and screen projector


Flambards Residents Association

Trees for communal green space in Meldreth


Pampisford Village Hall

Replacement fencing at the Village Hall


Swavesey Parish Council

Two Gazebos for community use


Barrington Parish Council

Upgrade of footpath to riverside meadows


Little Shelford Parish Council

Renovation of The Lt Shelford Wale playground


Granchester Parish Council

Outdoor table tennis table