Cambridgeshire Coronavirus Community Fund

The Cambridgeshire Coronavirus Community Fund is open to constituted community organisations throughout Cambridgeshire (including Peterborough), who are supporting isolated older and vulnerable people at this time.

Grants between £1,000 and £5,000 will be considered (larger grants may be available for groups working in partnership). We aim for the process to take between 5 and 10 days.

The focus of the fund will be to offer community organisations emergency funding to deal with emerging issues in the community, affecting older people (aged 60 and over) and other vulnerable people (high risk, pre-existing medical conditions), as a result of the continuing threat of Covid-19. This will include; the need for self-isolation, financial hardship, potential for hunger, lack of shelter, further exacerbation of health issues, loneliness and isolation of these people.

To be eligible to apply your project must support older people or other vulnerable people and help to:

  • Supporting ongoing needs of people, to ensure that their well-being is maintained,
  • Reduce isolation and vulnerability during any isolation period that may arise as a result of the threat of Covid-19,
  • Any initiative that will help ensure people remain, safely connected with the outside world during this time.

Example projects might include:

  • Tackling the impacts of financial hardship.
  • Enabling people to keep warm by accessing home heating oil or warm clothes.
  • Enabling people to access a nutritious meal by connecting them to services providing groceries, and/or ready-made meals.
  • Enabling and encouraging people to use and access technology to keep them connected to the outside world.
  • Reaching out to isolated people by telephone, and befriending if possible.
  • Enabling home education for children and young people.

Eligibility Criteria

Who can apply

  • Constituted organisations based in Cambridgeshire.
  • Parish, Town, District, City and County Council teams.
  • Partnerships - we want to support community groups working together; particularly in smaller geographical communities. We will therefore encourage a partnership approach, and one application from one lead organisation, rather than a number of separate applications.
  • Groups who already have live projects or pending applications.
  • Repeat applications under the same fund for continuation of projects that are proving to work well.

What can be supported within the fund themes?

  • Running costs for organisations to provide such support, including volunteer expenses, staff costs, and transport; providing the organisation is focusing their attention on providing support to both existing, and any potential new beneficiaries
  • Small capital costs are eligible, providing the capital item will address the priorities of the fund, and is linked to keeping the older person connected to the outside world

The fund will not support:

  • Applications from individuals
  • Purchase of vehicles
  • Holiday schemes
  • Events, parties, trips and initiatives based upon mass gatherings
  • Promotion of religion, this includes organisations whose main purpose includes advancement of religion
  • Party political activity

To support this fund

We welcome any support you can give at this time. Online donations can be made on our JustGiving page.

If you wish to arrange a BACS transfer, please contact for details.

Thank you for your support.

Thank you!

A sincere thank you to everyone who has donated to the appeal already, including all the members of the public who have donated via JustGiving.

Other key donors: 

£100,000 Cambridgeshire County Council

£50,000 National Emergencies Trust appeal

£20,000 Cambridge City Council

£10,000 The Cambridge Building Society

£10,000 Chadwyck-Healey Charitable Trust

Microsoft Cambridge

£500 Redgate Software

£250 Stuart & Brenda Evans

£1,000 Martin & Sally Roach

£250 Erin Coppin

£1,000 Michael Albutt

£500 J&J Wilsher

£500 Neil McKittrick

£150 Lola & Family

£1,000 Graham Budd

£2,000 HCRLaw

£1,000 Charles Looker

Funded Projects

  • Magpas Air Ambulance received £3,287 to provide air fed, powered respirators and personal protective hoods to enable medics to continue treating critically ill patients during the Covid-19 outbreak.
  • Red Hen Project received £5,000 to deliver emergency poverty relief to families and children as a result of coronavirus.
  • Illuminate Charity CIO received £1,400 to offer group interactive courses virtually using Zoom reaching 80 vulnerable people.
  • Cambridgeshire County Council received £3,000 to provide food packages to 100 children in care and care leavers (aged 18-21) in independent and semi-independent accommodation.
  • Cambridge Student Community Action received £2,367 to support vulnerable people who are in need of reassurance and regular friendly phone calls, letters, shopping drops or arts and crafts.
  • Families First Peterborough CIC received £4,990 to deliver food, toiletries and children's activity sources to the homes of 75 young people who are care leavers.
  • Huntingdon Town Council received £2,700 to support 50 older people with a weekly hot meal delivered to their door from April to September 2020.
  • Care Network Cambridgeshire received £5,000 to provide a Covid-19 Rapid Response Support Service including telephone well being support and emergency response to 500 people aged 60+.
  • Community Partnership Group (COMPAS) received £3,000 to deliver food, hygiene products and advice to 300 members of the community who are older, disabled or living in particularly difficult situations (e.g. single parent without a car).
  • Open Door Baptist Church received £2,000 to cover transport, packaging and cleaning costs of delivering food parcels and cooked meals to 200 self-isolating older and vulnerable people.
  • Isleham Parish Council received £2,000 to cover food purchases, medication and transport costs related to supporting 100 older and vulnerable Isleham residents.
  • Peterborough Asylum and Refugee Community Association (PARCA) received £4,918 to provide support for 1,080 vulnerable and isolated people in local older, BME, asylum seeker and refugee communities; accessible information, food delivery, online communication.
  • Fenland Trust received £5,000 to run the Yaxley and Farcet Covid 19 Support network which provides help and support including collecting shopping and prescriptions.
  • Light Project Peterborough received £5,000 to provide support at The Garden House shelter for 250 homeless people who are at increased risk but not receiving adequate information; hygiene and social distancing advice, medical expertise from a nurse and transport to hospital if required.
  • Power2Inspire received £4,996 to implement an online streaming service with 3 live daily exercise class sessions aimed at older, frail, disabled or mentally vulnerable people to help reduce falls and prevent a general decline in health during self-isolation.
  • Peterborough Lithuanian Community received £3,000 to support 300 older and vulnerable people in the Lithuanian community; assisting with language barrier, groceries/food, telephone calls, online support and yoga sessions, signposting for mental health or incidences of crime/abuse.
  • Orwell Parish Council received £3,217 to provide IT equipment needed for a central community response coordination function, and to facilitate volunteers to assist those confined to their homes (with home deliveries and other essential welfare support).