Innovate & Cultivate Fund – New Funding Rounds

Cambridgeshire County Council has announced that the next deadline for Innovate & Cultivate Fund applications is 1st August. A pre-application advice session will be held on 18th June (details below).

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. There are two funding streams: a ‘Cultivate’ fund for smaller projects that build community support networks and an ‘Innovate’ fund for bigger, bolder and more innovative initiatives. Council services that are inviting applications include adult social care and children & families services.

New Cultivate ‘Seed’ Fund Projects
New guidance has been developed on starting Cultivate ‘Seed’ Fund Projects that can help people to remain independent and active within their community, encourage volunteering and complement more costly Council services. Projects include Timebanks, Good Neighbour Schemes, Dementia-Friendly Communities and Men’s Sheds. See our webpages for details.

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, including Parish Councils.

Application deadline
1st August 2019 – Cultivate grants (£2,000 – £19,000) and Innovate grants (£19,001 – £50,000). The next deadline is 1st November for Cultivate applications only and 1st February for both Cultivate and Innovate grant applications.

Book a pre-application advice session
Do you want to talk through your ideas before you submit your application? Bookings are now open for an Innovate & Cultivate Fund Advice Session on Tuesday 18 June, 9:30am-12:30pm at Huntingdon Youth Centre. Please book here.

Applications and further information about fund priorities and criteria may be found on the website. 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.

Town and Parish Councillor and Clerk Surveys 2019

Cambridgeshire ACRE, the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Association of Local Councils and the Cambridgeshire branch of the Society of Local Council Clerks are working together, once again, to undertake major surveys of town and parish councillors and clerks across the County.

The purpose of the surveys is to follow-up on the surveys completed in 2017 to gain up-to-date information on things such as working arrangements, training, support, communications and the Local Council Award Scheme. The information collected will allow us to refresh the Local Council Development Plan that guides the survey organisers’ work with Town and Parish Councils.

All clerks and councillors should have received a direct email inviting them to take part but, in case of any problems, the surveys can also be accessed directly here:

Clerk Survey: http://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/clerks_2019/

Councillor Survey: http://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/councillors_2019/

Surveys should be completed by 30 April 2019. Results reports will be prepared once the surveys close and these will be shared with all local councils in due course.

Any queries concerning the surveys should be directed to Alison Brown, Head of Business Services at Cambridgeshire ACRE on 01353 865029 or by email to alison.brown@cambsacre.org.uk.

Could you host a Big Lunch of Great Get Together to bring your community together?

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As part of the Campaign to End Loneliness, we are encouraging communities across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough to host a Big Lunch or a Great Get Together in June 2019. This is part of our #50000reasons campaign that was launched over Christmas to encourage people to reach out to isolated people in their community who may be experiencing loneliness. 

The Big Lunch will be taking place on 1-2 June and The Great Get Together will be taking place on 21-23 June. Both national events provide a great opportunity to bring your neighbours together, including those who might be more isolated, to share food, have fun and get to know each other better. We simply want to see as many community events as possible across our area.

Cambridgeshire County Council will be holding an information session for those who would like to find out more about hosting a Big Lunch or Great Get Together, with tips on ‘how to make it happen’ as well as examples of successful events. The event will be held at on 26th March 2019 from 11:00 to 13:00 at The Assembly Room, Huntingdon Town Hall, Market Hill, Huntingdon PE29 3PJ

If you would like to attend this event, please email Alex Parr on alex.parr@cambridgeshire.gov.uk to confirm your attendance, as places will be reserved on a first come, first served basis.

If you’re interested in hosting or supporting a community to host either a Big Lunch or Great Get Together or would like further information, please let Alex know, as we would really like to map all events that take place across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough in June to celebrate kindness, respect and all we have in common.

New Funding Rounds for Innovate & Cultivate Fund announced

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We’re pleased to announce new funding rounds for Cambridgeshire County Council’s Innovate & Cultivate Fund. 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 and children & families services.

The Innovate & Cultivate Fund has two streams: a ‘Cultivate’ fund for smaller projects that build community support networks and an ‘Innovate’ fund for bigger, bolder and more innovative initiatives.

Cultivate News!
We’ve made big changes to the Cultivate fund! We’ve increased the maximum Cultivate grant from £10k to £19k and we’ve developed new guidance on starting Cultivate ‘Seed’ Fund Projects that can help people to remain independent and active within their community, encourage volunteering and complement more costly Council services. Projects include Timebanks, Good Neighbour Schemes, Dementia-Friendly Communities and Men’s Sheds. See our webpages for details.

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, including Parish Councils.

Application deadlines are:
1 May – Cultivate grants (£2,000 – £19,000)
1 August – Innovate grants (£19,001 – £50,000)

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

Book a pre-application advice session
Do you want to talk through your ideas before you submit your application? Bookings are now open for our Innovate and Cultivate Fund Advice Session on Monday 25 March, 1pm-4pm at March Community Centre for applicants planning to apply for a Cultivate grant on 1 May. Please book here.

An advice session will be held in June for applicants planning to apply for an Innovate grant on 1 August (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.

Bus services set to continue across the county

Cambridgeshire County Council have informed us that bus services across the county are to be discussed at the Economy and Environment Committee meeting this week (7 February).

Whilst the Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority’s bus review continues and options are worked on, it’s important existing bus services are protected.

From April, it is proposed all Cambridgeshire County Council funded bus services will continue after the county council and the Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority agree funding for the next year.

The Combined Authority has asked Cambridgeshire County Council to continue providing bus service policy and delivery on its behalf for one more year while opportunities for radical reform of the network are explored.

You can read more here.

Finding funding for your community projects

Support Cambridgeshire 4 Community is a free self-service portal which enables voluntary and community organisations, including local councils, to browse, search and apply for grants to support their work. It contains details of grants, loans, venture capital, awards and other funding suitable for community-based projects. You can access the portal here: https://www.idoxopen4community.co.uk/supportcambs

We would encourage all local councils to register, visit and use the site as much as possible and please mention to any local groups in your community that are looking for funding too.

Views sought on County Council Business Planning

Cambridgeshire County Council are gathering views about local communities, council services and proposed changes to council tax. The views of parish councils and parish councillors matter. Sharing your views will help the County Council better understand what is important to your community and what they should take into consideration when setting council tax rates.

To support this initiative please respond to the County Council’s online survey  (available until the end of January).

Why is Cambridgeshire County Council asking for your views?

As the fastest growing county in the UK, demand for council services is growing and the Council is having to continually adapt what it does.

More people need improved roads and public transport services, new schools (or increased places in them), opportunities for lifelong learning; increasing amounts of waste needs to be dealt with, more need to register births or deaths or get married; more children need help to stay safe or live fulfilling lives, and as people age they need support to remain independent and have the support they need.

The County Council continually looks to transform what it does and be innovative to meet this growing demand. They also want to support places in most need and improve people’s lives; making sure people get the services they need as close to home as possible. What is known is that government funding for Councils is reducing and Cambridgeshire doesn’t currently get a fair funding deal from Government – this is the message we are giving the county’s MPs so they can take our concerns to Government through our FairDeal4Cambridgeshire Campaign.