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Local Sport Funding Sources

Whilst you can look far and wide for help with sport funding but there are a variety of local funds in Cambridgeshire & Peterborough which are well worth exploring!

South Cambridgeshire District Council

South Cambridgeshire District Council (SCDC) offers grants to voluntary and community groups, charities and Parish Councils of up to £1000 under their Community Chest scheme – https://www.scambs.gov.uk/communitychest

But whilst grant applications are accepted at any time each year (starting 1st April) grants are made on a first come first served basis

SCDC also operate a weekly grant search service https://www.scambs.gov.uk/grant-search-service

Cambridge City Council

Cambridge City Council Community Grants are available to reduce social and economic inequality including to access sporting activities.  Full information is available here https://www.cambridge.gov.uk/community-grants  with a deadline for applications the start of October.  There is also an opportunity through Area Committee funding for activity, again targeted for the same purpose, within one of the four areas of the city.  This funding has an early 2018 deadline.  Full details here https://www.cambridge.gov.uk/area-committee-funding

The Council has in the past also offered the opportunity for community groups to benefit from S106 grants for improved facilities and beneficiaries have included Cambridge Gymnastics Academy, and Camrowers and Cambridgeshire Rowing Association.  Section 106 grants come from contributions paid by developers in order to mitigate the impact of new homes and other buildings has on demands on local facilities.  Arrangements for 2018 are still to be confirmed – information is included here https://www.cambridge.gov.uk/our-approach-to-s106

East Cambridgeshire District Council

East Cambridgeshire offers a number of community grants – Community Grants of up to £1000 for services and Facilities Improvement Grants and Community Facilities Section 106 Funding.  Full details on each of these are available here  https://www.eastcambs.gov.uk/finance/grants

Cambridgeshire Community Foundation also operate an East Cambs Community Fund with 4 deadline dates for applications  http://www.cambscf.org.uk/east-cambs-community-fund.html

Huntingdonshire District Council

Like SCDC Huntingdonshire offers a Community Grants scheme (although closed for 2017)  http://www.huntingdonshire.gov.uk/council-democracy/grants/

Fenland District Council

There are limited opportunities in Fenland but information about what is available is included here http://www.fenland.gov.uk/grants.  However there is Healthy Fenland Fund offering grants of £250 to £5000 for projects which seek to improve the health and wellbeing of Fenland residents.  This fund is managed by the Cambridgeshire Community Foundation with the Care Network Cambridgeshire providing support to help organisations become ‘grant ready’.  Grants of up to £1500 can be considered at any time, over this amount they are considered on a quarterly basis http://www.cambscf.org.uk/healthy-fenland-fund.html

Cambridgeshire Community Foundation

Cambridgeshire Community Foundation (CCF) has been mentioned a few times.

CCF manages funds donated by individuals and organisations and has an impressive list of available funds (A-Z) to support community projects.  There are a range of different criteria for these different funds, some of which are geographically specific – but many of which are available to organisations looking at developing sport and physical activity participation.  http://www.cambscf.org.uk/funds-a-z.html

Peterborough City Council

Peterborough City Council have a scheme operated through their Councillors, called the Community Leadership Fund.  Each Councillor has been allocated £1000 to spend each financial year on neighbourhood projects – albeit capital projects https://www.peterborough.gov.uk/council/councillors/community-leadership-fund/

Another local fund available to community groups in the city is the Viridor in Peterborough Community Fund https://viridor.co.uk/our-operations/energy/energy-recovery-facilities/peterborough-erf-2/fund/

CCF are supporting the development of a Peterborough Community Foundation.

If none of these are appropriate we recommend that you take advantage of the service available through Support Cambridgeshire – a funding portal to help to you to find funds appropriate to your needs.



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