A14 Community Fund

The Highways England A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon improvement scheme is underway.
 
As part of a commitment to the local community, Highways England is looking to support activities with a focus on bringing communities closer together. The A14 scheme will have a lasting impact on the communities along its length and the A14 Community Fund is therefore looking to support projects which consider and respond to these changes
 
Applications to the A14 Community Fund are invited by constituted not for profit groups (not individuals) delivering charitable projects with public benefit. Groups may be registered charities, Charitable Incorporated Organisations, Community Interest Companies, Schools, Social Enterprises, Parish Councils or small voluntary and community organisations.
 
Groups need to be "grant ready" which means having appropriate policies and procedures in place to ensure their good governance and accountability. In addition to the list of requirements set out on this website (click here for grant ready definition), groups applying to the A14 Community Fund are required to submit their Health and Safety Policy at the full application stage.  
 
The A14 Community Fund is seeking to support projects working within a range of themes as set out below:
- Environmental improvement projects (e.g. community gardens, streetscape furniture, wildlife conservation, habitat creation, flood prevention)
- Projects to reduce vehicle use/promote cycling, walking and other non-motorised users
- Arts, culture & heritage projects (e.g. local art competitions, writers in residence, music and dance events)
- Community involvement projects 
- Community safety projects
- Community health and wellbeing projects
- Leisure and tourism
- Projects to develop skills, education & employment support
 
As well as working within one of the themes for the Fund, projects must be able to define the link they have to the development work on the A14. The link MUST NOT ONLY BE a close geographical link rather projects must describe the way the project is a response to the development.
For example,
•        art projects that reflect the changes to landscapes/communities brought about by the development
•        projects that build relationships in communities because of new links that the development allow
•        projects that enhance the natural environment around the development
•        training projects to enable people to gain employment on the development
 
Grants offered will normally be up to £10,000 to cover revenue and/or capital costs, although in exceptional circumstances higher sums may be considered.
 
Projects will need to show they have given appropriate consideration, and taken necessary steps, to secure funding from other sources to contribute as a match to the project. Although projects will be looked at on a case by case basis, as a rule of thumb it is expected that 10-20% of the funding required for the project has been secured from other sources.
 
Funding will not be given to support activity that is considered to be a statutory responsibly (even if there are no statutory funds available) nor will awards be made to cover costs already incurred or committed.

In addition, rather than fund individual speedwatch/traffic calming measures requests, the A14 Community Fund has supported the purchase of speedwatch equipment as a central resource. Parishes that wish to use the equipment should contact CCF to find out the details.

Funded Projects

The University of Cambridge Institute of Continuing Education received £8,970 to hire an A14 Writer in Residence who will encourage road users to engage with their surroundings by exposing them to published writing about travel, place and landscape.

Madingley Parish Council received £1,389 to provide support towards the purchase of community speedwatch equipment.

Fen Edge Runners received £650 to set up additional local running groups aimed at complete beginners.

Cambridge Curiosity and Imagination received £9,744 to run a programme which engages the local community in the Offords through creative exploration of A14 surveying discoveries and local spaces.

Neale-Wade Academy received £4,300 to inform students about apprenticeships through staff training and site visits, such as to constructions site like the A14.

Rowan received £9,926 to enable 68 student artists who have learning disabilities to examine the connections between communities along the section of the development of the A14 through visual art.

Romsey Mill Trust received £10,000 to enable young people to express themselves through music and film about how the A14 development reflects their own life situations and aspirations.

Acting Now CIC received £10,000 to enable 12 people experiencing mental health issues to create a theatre piece about life around the A14 and perform it for communities near the A14.

Bar Hill Community Primary School received £10,000 to provide a play area including a soft tread surface, climbing wall and fitness equipment for use by pupils and the wider community.