CCF News

Cambridge Half Marathon - run for Street Aid!

Street Aid is one of the charities selected as a partner by the Cambridge Half Marathon, which is taking place on Sunday 17th October 2021. Street Aid has been allocated five charity entries: if you are interested in running to raise funds for Street Aid please email

Places cost £30 each, and you must be able to raise a minimum sponsorship of £250. 

For more information about Street Aid go to Street Aid

For more information about Cambridge Half Marathon go to Cambridge Half Marathon


CCF launches Vital Signs 2021 Report

We are delighted to share our new Vital Signs 2021 report.

A crucial part of CCF’s approach is to understand the challenges and opportunities that exist within communities across Cambridgeshire. This is the purpose of Vital Signs, whose goal is to “take the pulse” of our community, highlighting challenges, priorities, and opportunities for action. We welcome feedback on the report. Ultimately, the value of Vital Signs is to inform our funding strategy, to inspire new philanthropists and to build conversations with people who are passionate about making a difference most effectively.

Click here to read more.


Delivering better futures with Made By Sport - Clubs In Crisis fund announced

We’re pleased to have teamed up with Made By Sport and UKCF to offer local sports clubs and organisations across Cambridgeshire and Essex the opportunity to apply for a grant which can help support young people as they start to recover from the effects of the latest lockdown. 

The coronavirus pandemic has had a significant impact on young people across the UK, and thanks to Made By Sport, we can offer this chance for sports clubs and organisations to access vital funding which can help them to continue bringing sport into young people’s lives. 

Made By Sport is a charity which raises awareness of the power of sport and funding for organisations that use sport to support young people across the UK. The Clubs In Crisis fund is part of a wider campaign that believes sport is the best vehicle for creating societal change for young people across a myriad of challenges they face in the modern world. 

We’ll be administering the fund on behalf of Made By Sport and awarding unrestricted of grants of £2,021 to clubs and organisations in Cambridgeshire and Essex who match the criteria. The fund is looking for applications from clubs and community organisations using sport to improve young people’s lives through one or more of the following means: 

  • Developing life skills
  • Building strong communities
  • Improving mental health
  • Developing employability skills
  • Reducing crime and anti-social behaviour

The fund will open for applications via the Cambridgeshire Community Foundation website from Monday 12th April and full eligibility criteria will be published soon, but key to the fund is that it supports clubs and organisations intentionally using community sport provision to deliver wider social outcomes, not those which focus on developing and widening opportunities to participate. 

For this particular fund, Cambridgeshire Community Foundation are distributing funds in Essex as well as Cambridgeshire. Organisations should continue to contact Essex Community Foundation directly for any/all other funding needs.

For information on the Clubs in Crisis fund in preparation for applying, check out this FAQ page – Campaign — Made By Sport.

Note to applicants: Made By Sport is offering the opportunity thanks to support from the Cash4Clubs scheme. The Cash4Clubs scheme is funded by Flutter Entertainment Ltd. The donation being made by Flutter is the amount it benefitted from as a result of business rates relief, which was put in place from March 2020 to March 2021 for its shops in England. All applicants should be aware of this before applying for funding.


Cambridgeshire Education Opportunities Fund

The Cambridgeshire Community Foundation has launched a new charitable fund with initial funding of almost £40,000. A group of local donors have created the fund, led by Dr Andy Harter CBE DL and Ms Lily Bacon DL, and also including Cambridge University Press and The Gatsby Charitable Foundation.

The fund will make grants available for local schools and charities to support projects aiming to raise the attainment, opportunities, and wider outcomes of 3-16 year-olds, particularly those from disadvantaged backgrounds in primary & secondary education.  The fund will support young people in Cambridgeshire, initially within Cambridge City and Fenland, who may face a range of challenges or disadvantage including educational under-attainment, behavioural problems, poor mental health, exclusion from school, etc. The donors behind the fund are passionate that all young people have opportunities to improve their life chances and to thrive and fulfil their potential though: education, learning new skills and in developing their character and confidence.  

For 2020/2021 the fund is specifically aimed at projects for recovery and resilience in the context of the Coronavirus pandemic. The fund will aim for projects that address wellbeing and mental health, educational and social enrichment, educational catch-up, digital deficit and preparation for school leavers.  


See the fund web page for more details on eligibility and how to apply. 

Cambridgeshire Education Opportunities Fund



Cambridgeshire Young Carers Fund awards over £70,000 to projects supporting the lives of young carers

Cambridge Student Community Action
Cambridge Student Community Action

Groups working in Cambridgeshire have received much-needed grants to help support young carers.

Young carers are children who take on adult responsibilities in the home – cooking, cleaning, looking after siblings while unsupervised, providing physical (washing, dressing and feeding) and mental support to the adult who is cared for. They meet these demands at home as well as doing well at school, making friends and having a normal childhood.

Most of the available support is from charitable organisations who offer one to one counselling; the monitoring of the health and well being of known young carers; personal development; activities through clubs and trips; and teaching the teachers in all primary and secondary schools in the county to recognise the young carers in their classes and to understand their needs.

The projects awarded funding this year are:

  • Caring Together were awarded £29,853 for a three year project to provide support for 75 young carers aged 5-17 years across Cambridgeshire through regular breaks, holiday activities and individual activity via a bursary scheme promoting their general health and well-being.
  • Centre 33 were awarded £29,982 for a three year project to facilitate participation activities/workshops which enhance and build on established young carers support, and develop a YC advisory group.
  • Disability Huntingdonshire (DISH) were awarded £10,298 to extend the employment of a young carer, who is providing administrative support, for another year and develop a training package to expand their skills and knowledge.

The Cambridgeshire Young Carers Fund has been hugely successful with previous grantees including Cambridge Student Community Action and 20Twenty Productions CIC. The fund awards local charities and community groups once a year with the deadline being 1st May. Applications from Cambridgeshire and Peterborough are considered.

You can find out more about the Cambridgeshire Young Carers Fund here.

Image: Cambridge Student Community Action