CCF News

New Health Inequalities Challenge Prize Launches Tackling Digital Exclusion

CCF has partnered with Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Integrated Care System to deliver their Health Inequalities Challenge Prize 2022 - Tackling Digital Exclusion. Its aim is to encourage local innovators to help tackle health and social care inequalities caused by digital exclusion amongst disadvantaged groups.

The prize will be awarded to eligible organisations or individuals working with eligible organisations to run a project, develop an innovative solution or create an invention to tackle digital exclusion. Eight awards of £3,000 are available to develop, work-up or deliver the ideas (depending on what stage it is at) PLUS one brilliant idea will receive a further £10,000 to bring it to life.

Grants will be made to eligible organisations solely providing projects to beneficiaries who are residents of Cambridgeshire & Peterborough.

For more information and to apply please visit Health Inequalities Challenge Prize 2022.


The High Sheriff's Fund is open for donations to support disadvantaged young people

The High Sheriff's Fund makes grants to support young people in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough who face a range of challenges or disadvantage including; poor mental health, bereavement, disability, long term illness, social isolation, substance misuse.

Caroline Bewes is serving as High Sheriff of Cambridgeshire for 2021/22. As High Sheriff, a particular theme for Caroline will be to support and encourage those involved in crime prevention with a focus on supporting young people throughout Cambridgeshire. She will also seek to support the judiciary, the police and the prison services, and looks forward to engaging with the voluntary sector through the Cambridgeshire Community Foundation.

As part of our fundraising drive, Caroline has set herself the challenge of a parachute jump on 10th October. Caroline hasn't experienced this before and although looking forward to it, your generous support will be a huge motivation in stepping out of the plane! If you would like to make a donation, please visit the JustGiving page here.

Any donations will go towards providing opportunities for young people to learn new skills, develop their character and confidence, and to thrive and fulfil their potential. This may include projects that improve community safety and prevent crime or anti-social behaviour.

The High Sheriff Fund will open for applications from groups from Tuesday 2nd November 2021. To find out more about the fund, please visit our website here.

Thank you for your support.


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.