CCF News

Cambridgeshire Charity vote winners announced

Following a close race with over 1,400 votes, the winners of the £10,000 Hopkins Homes Cambridgeshire Charity Vote have been revealed.

The top prize of £7,000 went to Blue Smile, a Cambridge-based charity that provides specialist counselling and therapy for vulnerable children. The runners-up were Red Balloon, who support young people who are no longer in school due to bullying or other trauma, and Wintercomfort, a day centre for the homeless.

Representatives from the charities, CCF, and Hopkins Homes attended the launch event at Blue Smile's premises in Cambridge on the 26th of March. 


CCF User Forum

On 14th March, a number of grant recipients met with CCF representatives to share their feedback on current grant processes and how these could be improved.

This presentation outlines the two advice sessions on 'How to Submit a Good Application' and 'How to Submit High Quality Monitoring' as well as the results of our recent online survey.

If you would like to attend a User Forum in the future, please email us at


Amey Community Fund Grants

Grants from the Amey Community Fund are open for applications, with a 17th June deadline for Expressions of Interest.

If you're looking for £10,000 to £100,000 to improve your park or other local amenity, to restore your church or historical building, or towards conservation of a specific habitat, take a look at our fund page for Amey here. There you can find eligibility criteria including geographical location, extensive guidance notes, and a map of previously funded projects.

Ely Outdoor Sports Association recently received £32,500 for Ely City Hockey Club to replace their astroturf pitch, which was becoming unplayable after 23 years of wear. The opening ceremony for the new pitch was attended by Team GB hockey player Helen Richardson-Walsh MBE and Ely mayor Cllr Mike Rouse.

You can read more about the new pitch in this article from the Ely Standard.


Sport for all at the Powerhouse Games

The Powerhouse Games is an inclusive sport event run by Cambridge-based charity Power2Inspire. Supported by a grant from the John Stewart Memorial Fund, the event makes sport inclusive for all with events from sitting volleyball to visually-impaired football. The video below features members of Cambridge University Rugby who helped facilitate the event alongside CCF Trustee Catherine Stewart.

Video credit: University of Cambridge Sport.


Cambridgeshire Charity Vote now open!

Voting has just opened for the Cambridgeshire Charity Vote, with a shortlist of Cambridgeshire-based charities that are in the running to receive a share of £10,000. The vote, run by the Hopkins Charitable Fund, will award £7,000 to the top charity and £2,000 and £1,000 to second and third place respectively.

CCF manages two funds for Hopkins Homes - the Hopkins Homes Building Communities Fund funds projects addressing homelessness, deprivation and supporting vulnerable people, and the Hopkins Homes Winter Crisis Fund provides small grants for individuals to cover their heating costs as well as larger grants for organisations supporting the vulnerable over winter.

Cast your vote here!