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£930,000 in grants awarded to Cambridge community groups and charities

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Community groups and charities are to benefit from £930,000 of grant funding in Cambridge.

The city council has awarded the funds to organisations helping to address social and/or economic inequality.

The money is part of £1.7million being awarded across a number of funds, including Covid-19 relief grants, that will be distributed by area committees across the city.

Cambridge and District Citizens Advice Bureau was awarded the largest grant of around £300,000, while Cambridge Council for Voluntary Services secured £75,000 and the Junction was awarded £53,000 for community projects, performances, apprenticeships, education work and workshops.

Cambridge Community Ethnic Forum received £37,500, while Centre 33, which offers free, confidential support for young people up to the age of 25, was awarded £37,000.

Aimee Flack, collections officer at The Museum of Cambridge. Picture: Keith Heppell
Aimee Flack, collections officer at The Museum of Cambridge. Picture: Keith Heppell

Cambridge Women’s Resource Centre was given £35,000, the Museum of Cambridge secured £31,620 for workshops and outreach activities, Romsey Mill was awarded £25,275 for a host of programmes with young people and families while homeless charity Wintercomfort was supported with £25,000.

Other major grants went to Meadows Children and Family Wing, which was given £32,000, along with £10,000 from a Covid fund, Abbey People, which was awarded £29,460 to run a host of events tackling inequality in the ward, and North Cambridge Community Partnership, which landed £18,250.

After councillors on the environment and communities scrutiny meeting signed off the funding, Cllr Anna Smith (Lab, Coleridge), the council leader and executive councillor for communities, said: “We are absolutely delighted to have been able to award significant funding to our community and voluntary sector who provide an essential lifeline to some of our most vulnerable residents.

“We also recognise that for many residents, the pandemic has worsened their situations and we have committed specific funding to support residents affected by Covid.”

Kelsey Kerridge was given £10,350, which includes funding for sessions for disadvantaged groups, while Cambridge United Charitable Trust secured £10,000 for 21 weekly football sessions for those with physical disabilities or mental health challenges.

Richmond Fellowship’s work in mental health care was supported with £15,665, while the University of Cambridge Musuem’s cultural activity programme in sheltered housing schemes and for children and families was backed with £15,000. Kettle’s Yard got £12,000 for projects in north Cambridge, including engaging at-risk children.

Encompass Network, which co-ordinates the 40-plus events during LGBT+ History Month, was given £9,000. The Kite Trust secured £12,500 for its LGBT+ activities, including one-to-one support, fortnightly groups and swimming sessions for trans and non-binary people.

Cambridge Older People’s Enterprise received £8,000 for its newsletter and discussion group and Disability Cambridgeshire was awarded £6,585.

King’s Hedges Family Support Project was given £10,000, while GET Group (Guidance, Employment and Training Ltd) was awarded £12,000 for its learning and employment work, and Home-Start Cambridgeshire’s work with families was supported with a £5,000 grant.

A £4,000 grant went to Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Foundation for the Arts and Mental Health for its 12-week arts on prescription programme. Camsight was given £5,799.

Cambridge City Council leader Cllr Anna Smith. Picture: Keith Heppell
Cambridge City Council leader Cllr Anna Smith. Picture: Keith Heppell

Cllr Smith added: “There is a lot of competition for these grants, and the council has aimed to support a wide diversity of groups who all provide vital community services in Cambridge.

“In our Cambridge Labour manifesto, we have put addressing inequality and poverty at the heart of everything we do, in ensuring that our city is fair for all.

“We are committing to continue to support our vibrant voluntary sector through our ambitious grants programme, supporting a range of projects and targeting resources where they are needed most.”

Applicants for the grants had to demonstrate how they would use the funding to reduce social and/or economic inequality, by removing barriers for city residents with the highest need. They also had to illustrate how they would fulfil one or more of the council’s strategic outcomes, which include improving health and wellbeing, pulling communities together to bring about change, aiding opportunities for employment or strengthening the city’s voluntary sector.

Cllr Martin Smart (Lab, King’s Hedges) said: “I’m so pleased to see North Cambridge Community Partnership going from strength to strength, and remember being a panel member of one of the founding organisations, King’s Hedge’s Community Partnership, before it merged with Arbury Community Partnership, to make this organisation. They are clearly doing excellent work and I wish them all the best for the future.”

More groups to benefit

Other grants went to organisations including Cambridge Pride, Strawberry Fair, Chesterton Indoors Bowls Club, Age UK, Allia, Arbury Community Association, Cambridge 105, Cambridge African Network, Chesterton Indoor Bowls Club, Cambridge Disabled Kids Swimming Club, Cambridge Gateway Club, Cambridge Housing Society (CHS), Cambridge Money Advice Centre, Cambridge Online, Cambridge Reuse, Changing Directions, Cambridgeshire Vietnamese Refugee Community and Khidmat Sisters, Level Water, Living Sport, Make, Do & Mend, New International Encounter, Sin Cru, Student Community Action, SW Health and Wellbeing CIC, Tempo Time Credits, Trumpington Residents’ Association, Indian Community and Culture Association and Indian Cultural Society.

Others receiving money from the £74,600 awarded via the Covid Fund include The Red Hen Project, CoFarm Cambridge, Cambridge Reuse, Cambridge Sustainable Food, Care Network.

See more details on them here.

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