CCF News

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!


Breakthroughs for Cambridge Street Aid

February was a big month for Cambridge Street Aid, which offers grants of up to £750 to homeless individuals to help them get off and stay off the streets. The programme is run by CCF in partnership with Cambridge City Council.

Street Aid recently awarded its 150th grant, which was given to a man looking for work in the construction industry, to pay for a health and safety course and qualification. To date, Street Aid has given out nearly £50,000 in grants to individuals.

Michael O'Toole, CEO of Cambridgeshire Community Foundation, gave an interview on BBC Radio Cambridgeshire's weekday breakfast programme about the benefits of the programme for people who want to donate to homeless people but have concerns about where their money will go. You can listen to the interview online here (from 36:50).

Finally, a new contactless donation point for Street Aid was unveiled inside the Grand Arcade Shopping Centre with a launch event on Friday 22nd February. This is the latest contactless donation point to be installed and builds on the success of others at Co-Op stores around the city, at the City Council customer service centre at Mandela House, and at The Guildhall.

Cambridge Street Aid is funded by donations from the public, turning small change into real change. You can read more about Street Aid here.


Cottenham Theatre Workshop supports Cambridge Street Aid

Cambridgeshire Community Foundation is one of two local charities which have received generous support from Cottenham Theatre Workshop's production of Worzel Gummidge.

The Theatre were inspired by the story of a homeless and hungry scarecrow to raise money for those in similar situations in Cambridgeshire. Raffles held at each of the five performances of Worzel Gummidge raised a fantastic £318, split between CCF's Cambridge Street Aid fund and Cottenham Foodbank.

Grants Officer Beth Emmanuel received the donation of £159 from Cottenham Theatre Workshop which could provide shoes, a coat, a suit or bike for someone getting back on their feet.

You can find out more on Cottenham Theatre Workshop's website here.