Cambridgeshire Communities Innovation Fund

Through the Cambridgeshire Communities Innovation Fund, Cambridgeshire County Council is investing in ideas and expertise that will help keep people, living in the Cambridgeshire County Council area, to be safe, independent and well in their community and reduce demand for Council services.

The aim of the Fund is to support people to do things in their own communities or to develop a good idea, building on strengths, talents and expertise. It is for community groups and organisations with big ideas about how to improve the lives of local people, particularly those who are most vulnerable. For example, this could be a small scale local project that builds support for vulnerable people within the community, or a larger scale innovative project using new technology to transform the way vulnerable people can be supported. 

We are looking for proposals which aim to achieve the following:
• Increased capacity within communities to help others, so that people and communities become more resilient
• Reduce the need for people to use Council services
• Demonstrate the social value of the actions undertaken, and the impact on outcomes for the most vulnerable people in our communities.

Funded projects

Switch Now CIC received £7,875 totrain, support and mentor young adults with learning difficulties to progress towards voluntary, paid or self-employment.

CHS Group received £12,496 to develop more Timebanks across the county, further integrate them with another Time Currency called Time Credits, and enable the Timebanks themselves to become more financially sustainable.

Carers Trust Cambridgeshire received £12,499 to develop carer friendly community hubs, open to all, but particularly targeted at the over 80s as most at risk.