Amey Community Fund


The Amey Community Fund offers grants of £5,000 to £50,000 for the provision, maintenance or improvement of a public park or other public amenity; the conservation of a specific species or a specific habitat where it naturally occurs or the repair, maintenance or restoration of a Place of Worship or a Place of Architectural Importance.

Projects must:

  • Be ready to start (i.e. have secured the majority of funding, have planning permission, etc) within 3 months of the next expression of interest deadline.
  • Be in Cambridgeshire (the Fund does not cover Peterborough).
  • Be within 10 miles (as crow flies) of any licensed landfill site – click here to find your local landfill sites.
  • Be able to contribute 11% of the value of the grant you are seeking.


Applicants can be not for profit organisations and Parish Councils.

The next application deadlines are 17 September 2018 and then 10 December 2018.More details can be found here.

Update on Innovate and Cultivate Fund

Parish and Town Councils are encouraged to apply to the County Council’s Innovate & Cultivate Fund, either on their own or in partnership with local community groups. The fund supports initiatives that strengthen our communities and reduce pressure on County Council services, thereby giving a return on investment. It’s open to voluntary and community groups, social enterprises, and public sector organisations including Parish Councils, and invests in projects that help to deliver the council’s priorities for children and families, vulnerable adults, and older people.


The next funding deadlines are:

  • 1 August 2018 – Small ‘Cultivate’ grants (£2,000-£10,000)
  • 1 November 2018 – Small ‘Cultivate’ grants and large ‘Innovate’ grants (£10,000-£50,000)


If you’d like to talk through your project idea, please join us for an advice session on 24 September, 9:45am-12pm at March Community Centre. Book your free place on Eventbrite.

Further information and on-line application forms are available on the Cambridgeshire Community Foundation website.

Parish and Town Council Newsletter Survey

Cambridgeshire County Council would like your help.

They’ve put together a survey to find out what you think about Cambridgeshire Matters – their bi-monthly parish and town council newsletter.

They’d like to know how you receive it, when you receive it, what you like about it and what you’d like to see more or less of each issue.

Take part in the survey here.


What is Cambridgeshire Matters?

The aim of the newsletter is to keep parish and town councils across the county informed of all the latest news and updates for county council services. This survey will help the County Council identify how they can best continue to communicate their news to you and your council. Click here to view the July edition of Cambridgeshire Matters

They’re keen to hear the thoughts of your parish and town council colleagues too, so please forward this to anyone you think will have a view on receiving the newsletter.


The survey results

The results from this survey will be shared only with Cambridgeshire County Council staff responsible for compiling the Cambridgeshire Matters newsletter, and those staff involved with the analysis of the data collected.

If you have any queries, or would like further information about the Cambridgeshire Matters newsletter or the survey, please contact the Council by emailing

Busting the myths around Rural Affordable Housing

On 3 July, Cambridgeshire ACRE and its partners in the Cambridgeshire Rural Affordable Housing Partnership embarked on a ‘Mythbuster Tour’ of rural affordable housing developments in South Cambridgeshire and Huntingdonshire.

Accompanying us were 21 local councillors from parish, town and district councils interested in learning more about rural exception sites.

As organisers, we felt it was a very successful event and feedback from attendees reflects this, with many  expressing the sentiment that myths had been well and truly busted. One attendee noted: “I feel I now have a better understanding of the affordable / social housing situation in Cambridgeshire. The tour really broadened my knowledge as a relatively new parish councillor and was well worth attending.

For anyone unable to attend, the programme from the event is available to download here and you can see a gallery of images from the different sites below.

If your local council would be interested in exploring the idea of a rural affordable housing development in your village, please get in touch with you via the Contact page.

Parish Profile – Great Staughton

As part of our ongoing series of parish profiles, we recently spoke to Bob Jewell, Chair of Great Staughton Parish Council. You can read our interview with Bob by clicking on the download link below:

Interview with Bob Jewell

Great Staughton is in Huntingdonshire, about 8 miles from Huntingdon. Around 1,000 people live in the village. The village has good facilities, making it a great place to live, including a church, a GP surgery, a butcher’s shop, two hairdressers, two pubs, a primary school including a pre-school, a village hall, a playing field with its own pavilion and a children’s play area complete with a skate ramp. The parish council lead, or are involved in, many of the community projects that take place there.

The idea of these profiles is to help clerks and councillors understand more about how other local councils operate, what their successes have been and what their ambitions are for the future. We believe that by encouraging this type of social learning, all councils will benefit.

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.

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 to be added to the circulation list).

If you have any queries about the application advice sessions please email Cambridgeshire Community Foundation can answer questions about applying for the Fund

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.