Microsoft Research Limited Fund

Grants up to £2,000 (requests up to £5,000 will be considered only where an exceptionally well-supported case is made) are available from the Microsoft Research Limited Fund.

Grants will be awarded for charitable projects that fulfil one or more of the following:

  • Enrich lives of disadvantaged local people through provision of cultural/educational events or experiences
  • Improve the local green environment through small scale projects
  • Provide support or training to improve the employability of those facing disadvantage

Projects that are open to the public or that make use of computing in their delivery are favourably considered.

Recent Awards

Jimmy's Cambridge Night Shelter received £3,000 to offer new services and provide a trained member of staff to aid resettlement of 24 individuals in more sustainable accommodation.

Right Resolution CIC received £3,000 to provide a weekly drop in session for 35 care leavers, with targeted work for those who need it.

Cromwell Community College received £1,050 to purchase a portal to collect and store the details of alumni in order to connect them with pupils to encourage higher aspirations.

The Meadows Children and Family Wing received £3,000 to run The Freedom Programme for 12 women who are or who have been affected by Domestic Violence and a weekly 2 hour specialist drop-in for at least 20 women affected by Domestic Violence and their children.

Form the Future CIC received £2,000 to run a mentoring programme with at least 25 young people at risk of under-achieving and mentors from the Cambridge business community.

The Nene Valley Gliding Club received £3,000 to enable 54 launches under a scholarship scheme for 6 young people that teaches them a range of skills including how to fly solo and how to undertake basic mechanical work required in aviation.

The Froglife Trust received £1,000 to contribute towards the running costs of providing positive practical outdoor environmental and wildlife based activities for disadvantaged young people. 

The Prospects Trust received £1,850 to run a project with people with disabilities to renovate existing farm buildings into a more accessible indoor work spaces. 

Grace Church Cambridge received £1,500 to run a project that will help 18 unemployed people, with complex issues, to find jobs, and to improve their skills and confidence.

Romsey Mill Trust received £1,950 to run a media project for 25 young people who are at risk of isolation and exclusion from mainstream society. 

Reuseful UK received £2,000 to improve the confidence and IT skills of 23 isolated people providing them with work experience in office administration and cashier skills which will help them gain employment. 


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