New Summer and Autumn funding rounds for Cambridgeshire County Council’s Innovate & Cultivate Fund announced

New funding rounds for Cambridgeshire County Council’s Innovate & Cultivate Fund have just been announced. The aim of the fund is to support initiatives that strengthen communities and reduce pressure on County Council services, thereby giving a return on investment. Council services that are inviting applications include adult social care, children and families services, and the waste service.

So how do you apply?
The fund is open to voluntary, community and social enterprise sector organisations based in and outside of Cambridgeshire, and public sector organisations including Parish Councils, in Cambridgeshire.

The Innovate and Cultivate Fund has two funding streams: a ‘Cultivate’ stream for small grants of £2,000-£10,000 and an ‘Innovate’ stream for larger grants of up to £50,000.

Application deadlines are:

  • 1 August – small ‘cultivate’ grants
  • 1 November – large ‘innovate’ grants and small ‘cultivate’ grants

Applications and further information about the fund may be found on the Cambridgeshire Community Foundation website.

Book an Innovate and Cultivate Fund application advice session

Do you want to talk through your ideas before you submit your application? If so, bookings are now open for our Innovate and Cultivate Fund Advice Session on Wednesday 27 June, 9:30am-11:30am at Shire Hall, Cambridge for applicants planning to submit on 1 August. Please book here.

Another advice session will be held on Monday 24 September, 9:45am-12pm at March Community Centre for applicants planning to submit on 1 November (bookings not yet available – please email lianne.parrett@cambridgeshire.gov.uk to be added to the circulation list).

If you have any queries about the application advice sessions please email lianne.parrett@cambridgeshire.gov.uk. Cambridgeshire Community Foundation can answer questions about applying for the Fund info@cambscf.org.uk.

What’s it like being the Clerk or Chair of a Local Council?

At Cambridgeshire ACRE, we think there is a lot to be gained from local councils sharing their views and experiences with each other. For every council spending time at its meetings discussing youth provision, there’s another council that’s putting some really good ideas into practice. And for every experienced clerk out there, there’s probably one who’s not quite sure how to tackle the next item on his/her ‘to do’ list.

One of our ideas for encouraging more networking and share of ideas is to profile a parish council by chatting to its clerk and chair and writing up those interviews to share with others in the same position.

We’ve started in the parish of Haddenham and Aldreth, in East Cambridgeshire, about 7 miles from Ely. Around 3,345 people live in the main village and its nearby settlement. There’s shops (groceries/post office, take-away, butchers, hairdressers), a primary school, several community meeting places and two pubs). It’s a thriving community with plenty of ongoing community-led projects. The parish council are involved in many of these projects offering support and leadership where necessary.

We talked to the Parish Council Chairman, David Lyon, and the Parish Clerk, Jenny Manning, about their respective roles. You can read their respective interviews by clicking on the download links below:

Interview with David Lyon

Interview with Jenny Manning

If you’d like us to profile your parish or town council so that you can share your knowledge and experiences with others, just like you, then please get in touch.

Innovate & Cultivate Fund – Deadline approaching

1 May is the application deadline for small ‘Cultivate’ grants of £2,000-£10,000.

Can your organisation help to strengthen our communities in Cambridgeshire and reduce pressure on County Council services? Cambridgeshire County Council is seeking to invest in projects that will offer a return on investment and help to achieve the Council’s seven priority outcomes for Cambridgeshire:

1. Older people live well independently.
2. People with disabilities live well independently.
3. Adults and children at risk of harm are kept safe.
4. Places that work with children help them to reach their potential.
5. The Cambridgeshire economy prospers to the benefit of all residents.
6. People live in a safe environment.
7. People lead a healthy lifestyle and stay healthy for longer.

How to apply
Council services that are inviting applications include adult social care, children and families services, and the waste service.

The fund is open to voluntary, community and social enterprise sector organisations based in and outside of Cambridgeshire, and public sector organisations in Cambridgeshire.

Applications and further information about the fund may be found on the Cambridgeshire Community Foundation website.

Do you run youth clubs, family activities or community events?

Community Activities and Resources Hire Centre (Community ARC) offers low-cost hire of resources such as giant games, sports and craft activities to support non-profit making clubs, voluntary organisations and community projects throughout Cambridgeshire. There are Community ARC stores in Chatteris, Huntingdon and Cambridge. You can out more here.

For more information, email communityarc@cambridgeshire.gov.uk or contact your local centre direct:
Cambridge – libby.morley@cambridgeshire.gov.uk
Huntingdon and Fenland – pauline.brooker@cambridgeshire.gov.uk

Innovate and Cultivate Fund Applicant Advice Session

Do you want to talk through your idea for Cambridgeshire County Council’s Innovate and Cultivate Fund before you submit your application? If so, book a place on their Innovate and Cultivate Fund Advice Session on Thursday 8 February, 9.45am – 12pm at Ely Community Centre.

The aim of the fund is to support initiatives that strengthen our communities and reduce pressure on County Council services, thereby giving a return on investment. Council services that are inviting applications include adult social care, children and families services, and the waste service.

So how do you apply?
The fund is open to voluntary, community and social enterprise sector organisations based in and outside of Cambridgeshire, and public sector organisations in Cambridgeshire.

The Innovate and Cultivate Fund has two funding streams: a ‘Cultivate’ stream for small grants of £2,000 – £10,000 and an ‘Innovate’ stream for larger grants of up to £50,000. Deadlines for the next round of applications are:
• 9 March – large Innovate grants
• 1 May – small Cultivate grants

Applications and further information about the fund may be found on the Cambridgeshire Community Foundation website.

Book an Innovate and Cultivate Fund application advice appointment
Please book here for a one-to-one application advice appointment to discuss your project ideas with a relevant service expert. You may also book a group advice session on writing a good application or sourcing data to support your application.

Please note, we are expecting the appointments to be in high demand and whilst we are making every effort to fit in as many people as we can, if you do not make an appointment in advance it is unlikely you will be able to be seen by one of our experts on the day.

If you have any queries about the application advice sessions please email lianne.parrett@cambridgeshire.gov.uk. Cambridgeshire Community Foundation can answer questions about applying for the Fund info@cambscf.org.uk.

External Auditor Appointments for 2017/18

SAAA, Smaller Authorities' Audit Appointments

External audit for smaller authorities (under £6.5 million).

Under powers set out in Regulation 3 of the Local Audit (Smaller Authorities) Regulations 2015, Smaller Authorities Audit Appointments (SAAA)  is the sector led company appointed by the Department of Communities and Local Government as the ‘specified person to appoint local auditors’ and as the Sector Led Body (SLB) for smaller authorities.

Under the regulations, SAAA is responsible for appointing external auditors to applicable opted-in smaller authorities, for setting the terms of appointment for limited assurance reviews and for managing the contracts with the appointed audit firms.

The external auditor for Cambridgeshire will be PKF Littlejohn.

The Annual Return will now be known as the ‘Annual Governance and Accountability Return’ and will need to be completed in accordance with “proper practices” as set out in “Governance and Accountability for Smaller Authorities in England, a Practitioners’ Guide”, and then published in accordance with the applicable Transparency Codes.

The new forms will be sent out electronically by your appointed auditor at the end of the financial year. The return can either be completed electronically or printed off and filled in by hand. If you are not willing or able to receive the documents electronically you need to specifically advise the SAAA of this by 31st December, 2017.

Advice and assistance is available from the sector specific membership organisations as detailed below.

National Association of Local Councils – http://www.nalc.gov.uk                                                            (County Association – capalc.org.uk)

Society of Local Council Clerks – http://www.slcc.co.uk