Cambridgeshire Coronavirus Community Fund
The Cambridgeshire Coronavirus Community Fund is for constituted community organisations throughout Cambridgeshire (including Peterborough), who are supporting vulnerable people at this time.
You can see the impact the Cambridgeshire Coronavirus Community Fund had during 2020 here:
To support organisations that are helping the most vulnerable communities to recover from the impact of the pandemic and adapt to the new environment and community needs.
Funding will be available to help secure the finances of key organisations that have lost income due to the crisis and are directly supporting vulnerable people experiencing hardship as a result of the crisis. Funding will also support key organisations to adapt their operations, services and working practices.
Grants of between £5,000 - £14,999 are available. Projects must be completed by March 2022.
The fund will focus on funding organisations that can demonstrate that they are reaching the most vulnerable. This might be geographic communities or communities of identity. Understanding which communities are most vulnerable is an emerging picture and there is no definitive understanding. Your application should demonstrate and evidence how your work is helping those who are worst affected, in the longer-term. You should explain how you understand these needs through consultation with the communities you serve. The fund aims to build upon existing community assets and empower communities from the ground up. At present we welcome applications from organisations targeting:
- People severely economically impacted by the pandemic
- BAME communities
- Young people
- Women & families affected by domestic violence
- Supporting good mental health and wellbeing, and people with disabilities.
However, please note this list is not exhaustive.
Your application should also demonstrate how you intend to adapt, innovate and identify opportunities arising from the crisis. This could include building upon the huge surge in community social action that has been evident during the pandemic.
Groups eligible to apply can be found on our guide on How to Apply. Please review this information before submitting an application.
What can be supported within the fund Recovery theme?
- Short-term finance support for key organisations that demonstrate a strong likelihood of recovering finances
- Adaptation of operations, services and working practices
- Digital enablement to deliver services
- Recruiting & retraining staff and volunteers
- Organisation redesign, e.g. restructuring, mergers, partnerships, etc
- Prevention - preventing problems emerging or getting worse, e.g. public health campaigns and education
- Seizing opportunities and learning emerging from the pandemic to help build community resilience
Important Note If You Are Applying For Core Costs
You can apply for funding towards keeping your current services or activities going, whilst you adjust to the impact of the pandemic on your organisation. Grants may be awarded, wholly or in part, towards your core running costs (including salaries and overheads), operations or capital costs. If you are seeking this type of financial support you must have a good case for support. That means being able to explain what you will do with the grant and how you will return to financial stability within a short period (up to 6 months). You should also show who will benefit and how you know the work will make a difference to vulnerable communities, impacted by Coronavirus. If you are applying for a grant to help with core costs consider if submitting a cash flow and a business plan would help your application.
Outcomes will be received by the end of May 2021.
To support this fund
We welcome any support you can give at this time. Online donations can be made on our JustGiving page.
If you wish to arrange a BACS transfer, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
Thank you for your support.
Other key donors:
£175,000 Cambridgeshire County Council
£371,250 National Emergencies Trust appeal
£20,000 Cambridge City Council
£20,000 Northwick Foundation
£17,500 UK Power Networks
£10,000 The Cambridge Building Society
£10,000 Chadwyck-Healey Charitable Trust
£10,000 Pamela Raspe
£7,777 Anglian Water
LDH (La Doria) Ltd
£5,000 Adam and Carrie Glinsman
£5,000 Marshalls of Cambridge
£2,500 Countryside Properties
£500 Redgate Software
£250 Stuart & Brenda Evans
£1,000 Martin & Sally Roach
£250 Erin Coppin
£1,000 Michael Albutt
£500 J&J Wilsher
£500 Neil McKittrick
£150 Lola & Family
£1,000 Graham Budd
£1,000 Charles Looker
£130 Julia Sang
£500 Richard Astle
£450 Cambridge Women's International Club
£525 Girton College
£333 Waitrose Peterborough
£1,000 Barratt & David Wilson Homes
So far we've distributed £672,923 in 171 grants to local charities and groups!
- Magpas Air Ambulance received £3,287 to provide air fed, powered respirators and personal protective hoods to enable medics to continue treating critically ill patients during the Covid-19 outbreak.
- Red Hen Project received £5,000 to deliver emergency poverty relief to families and children as a result of coronavirus.
- Illuminate Charity CIO received £1,400 to offer group interactive courses virtually using Zoom reaching 80 vulnerable people.
- Cambridgeshire County Council received £3,000 to provide food packages to 100 children in care and care leavers (aged 18-21) in independent and semi-independent accommodation.
- Cambridge Student Community Action received £2,367 to support vulnerable people who are in need of reassurance and regular friendly phone calls, letters, shopping drops or arts and crafts.
- Families First Peterborough CIC received £4,990 to deliver food, toiletries and children's activity sources to the homes of 75 young people who are care leavers.
- Huntingdon Town Council received £2,700 to support 50 older people with a weekly hot meal delivered to their door from April to September 2020.
- Care Network Cambridgeshire received £5,000 to provide a Covid-19 Rapid Response Support Service including telephone well being support and emergency response to 500 people aged 60+.
- Community Partnership Group (COMPAS) received £3,000 to deliver food, hygiene products and advice to 300 members of the community who are older, disabled or living in particularly difficult situations (e.g. single parent without a car).
- Open Door Baptist Church received £2,000 to cover transport, packaging and cleaning costs of delivering food parcels and cooked meals to 200 self-isolating older and vulnerable people.
- Isleham Parish Council received £2,000 to cover food purchases, medication and transport costs related to supporting 100 older and vulnerable Isleham residents.
- Peterborough Asylum and Refugee Community Association (PARCA) received £4,918 to provide support for 1,080 vulnerable and isolated people in local older, BME, asylum seeker and refugee communities; accessible information, food delivery, online communication.
- Fenland Trust received £5,000 to run the Yaxley and Farcet Covid 19 Support network which provides help and support including collecting shopping and prescriptions.
- Light Project Peterborough received £5,000 to provide support at The Garden House shelter for 250 homeless people who are at increased risk but not receiving adequate information; hygiene and social distancing advice, medical expertise from a nurse and transport to hospital if required.
- Power2Inspire received £4,996 to implement an online streaming service with 3 live daily exercise class sessions aimed at older, frail, disabled or mentally vulnerable people to help reduce falls and prevent a general decline in health during self-isolation.
- Peterborough Lithuanian Community received £3,000 to support 300 older and vulnerable people in the Lithuanian community; assisting with language barrier, groceries/food, telephone calls, online support and yoga sessions, signposting for mental health or incidences of crime/abuse.
- Orwell Parish Council received £3,217 to provide IT equipment needed for a central community response coordination function, and to facilitate volunteers to assist those confined to their homes (with home deliveries and other essential welfare support).
- Thriplow & Heathfield Corona Support Group received £3,000 to support local residents who require assistance by collecting and delivering shopping and providing social contact through phone calls.
- Willingham Parish Council received £3,500 to provide meals, possible food bank, shopping service, medicine pick up and delivery.
- Cambs Youth Panel received £5,000 to purchase and distribute 25 Google Chromebook devices to young people so they can continue with their education at home.
- Rowan received £5,000 to continue to support local adults with a learning disability through providing activity packs, online classes and regular phone contact.
- Age UK Cambridgeshire & Peterborough received £5,000 to continue to support isolated, older people with advice, shopping deliveries and other essential services.
- Camms Meals on Wheels received £3,000 to expand the existing meals on wheels service to meet the increasing demand to support 300 more isolated, older people.
- Rosmini Centre Wisbech received £4,750 to contact 250 vulnerable clients on a weekly basis to offer practical support such as food parcels and to help them access help with heating costs.
- Cambourne Crescent received £14,000 to enable Cambourne's Volunteer Task Force to support older, isolated people by providing food parcels and other essential items.
- Newton Parish Council received £1,000 to enable the Newton Neighbours Network to support isolated, local residents by delivering essential shopping items and prescriptions and providing social interaction through a daily call service.
- Fenland District Council received £5,000 to enable the Covid-19 Community Hub volunteers to support isolated, older people through providing essential items, energy top-ups and social interaction through phone calls.
- Longstanton Parish Council received £5,000 to enable 100 local volunteers to support isolated, older people with delivering shopping, prescriptions and through telephone conversations.
- Meadows Children and Family Wing received £4,944 to support vulnerable families with regular phone calls, referrals to partner agencies, posting Tesco vouchers, advice and letter writing regarding housing, debt, etc.
- CHUMS Charity received £2,034 to support children/young people with anxiety or low self-esteem to take part in an online music programme.
- All In Sound received £2,000 to support 60 people living with dementia and their carers with an online music-making and singing group, including support with technology, gentle exercise and movement.
- Somersham Parish Council received £2,000 to enable the Somersham and Pidley Timebank volunteers to support local, isolated people through collecting shopping, prescriptions and providing telephone contact.
- East Anglia's Children's Hospices (EACH) received £5,000 to continue to deliver EACH core services which include end of life care, symptom management, emergency day care, crisis ventilation care and online emotional support to high-risk children and their family members.
- Hope into Action: East of England received £3,750 to continue to support 75 previously homeless tenants with their tenancies using remote working practices through phone calls and delivering essential items.
- Coton Network Response to Covid 19 received £1,740 to purchase 6 cellular tablets with data charges covered for 6 months to ensure people self isolating in the village have access to internet technology with video calling to communicate for both social and medical purposes.
- Cambridgeshire Search and Rescue received £608 to purchase PPE and other health and safety supplies in order to continue to search for vulnerable missing people, distribute food, and provide additional emergency services to 3,000 people.
- Romsey Mill Trust received £5,000 to coordinate and deliver continued support including provision of foodbank vouchers and delivery of food parcels; providing phone and crisis support; and online youth groups for the most vulnerable and isolated young people.
- Godmanchester Town Council received £5,000 to work in collaboration with the Godmanchester Covid-19 group who are co-ordinating volunteers for every street in Godmanchester to ensure that 8,500 residents have a contact should they need anything, from shopping, prescriptions or just a friendly chat.
- Coleridge Covid 19 Group received £3,100 to support the newly established Coleridge Community Action Against Coronavirus Group that was set up to provide advice, information, support and basic essentials including food, medicine and other essential items to the 3,500 people in the Coleridge ward of the city who are suffering from the virus and those that are self isolating.
- Little Thetford Parish Council received £5,000 to help 150 vulnerable, self-isolating and at risk members of the community during the ongoing Coronavirus outbreak. These volunteers are giving up their time to shop, collect prescriptions, take prescription paperwork to surgeries/pharmacies, provide telephone support, etc.
- North Cambridge Academy received £5,000 to provide 125 students in the Arbury community who are eligible for Free School Meals with an electronic reading device to enable home education for these children and young people and to allow them to have access to thousands of novels and titles available through such a device.
- Sands received £2,173 to develop and deliver an urgently required toolkit, guidance and compliance so that Sands volunteers in Cambridgeshire can adapt their vital bereavement support services following the death of a baby through popular and accessible platforms such as social media, Zoom, Skype and WhatsApp since they are not able to offer face-to-face bereavement support services in communities across the UK during the Covid-19 outbreak.
- Sutton Parish Council received £2,500 to support Sutton Timebank and Sutton Helping Hands who are currently supporting older and vulnerable residents in the village through the next 6 months to purchase food for those who are short of supplies, mobile phones, books & jigsaws.
- Forward Gamlingay! received £1,000 to work with the Gamlingay Covid Response Group (GCRG) to support vulnerable people by collecting prescriptions and buying food and supplies for those people who are isolating and who have no family or friend support.
- Cambridgeshire County Council received £5,000 to provide laptops and internet dongles for Care Leavers who do not have access to these to continue their studies.
- Enabling Independence Service received £1,000 to provide food parcels and gas or electricity vouchers to people with a learning disability.
- Cross Keys Homes received £4,660 to provide items to promote positive mental health for older people such as jigsaw puzzles, books and colouring pencils.
- Ellington Parish Council received £1,000 to buy ingredients for volunteer residents to prepare and deliver packaged, cooked meals to self-isolating older and vulnerable residents in Ellington and Ellington Thorpe.
- The C3 Church received £5,000 to support local, isolated people who are in need by delivering food and other essential items.
- Arts & Minds received £4,715 to provide support for isolated people with mental health issues through a weekly, virtual creative cafe.
- St Ives Foodbank received £1,000 to purchase equipment and cover transport costs to enable the foodbank to adapt from a collection service to a delivery service.
- East Anglian Air Ambulance received £3,480 to purchase essential PPE to enable the clinicians to continue to deliver life-saving services.
- Community First (Peterborough) CIO received £4,000 to distribute essential food items to vulnerable, isolated people who are struggling financially.
- Cambridge Acorn Project CIC received £3,750 to launch a Therapeutic Support Line and video sessions to offer emotional support to families under stress or with children experiencing distress; healthcare, education and social care workers experiencing distress or trauma; and vulnerable and isolated people.
- Papworth Trust received £2,450 to purchase tablets to keep isolated disabled day service customers (who don't have technology at home) in touch with daily activity sessions using Zoom.
- Melbourn Parish Council received £5,000 to oversee a team of volunteers responding to phone calls from people in need and providing practical support.
- East Cambridgeshire District Council received £5,000 to provide practical support for 300 vulnerable people such as through purchasing heating oil and topping up their gas and electricity meters.
- DIAL/Disability Peterborough received £5,000 to co-ordinate volunteers to visit isolated people with disabilities and provide essential items such as food and medication.
- The Alkaptonuria Society received £4,750 to provide support to isolated AKU patients through phone calls, provision of exercise resources and telephone counselling sessions.
- Head to Toe Charity received £5,000 to support people with mental health issues through providing essential items such as food packages and through creating therapeutic activities for isolated patients.
- Peterborough Council for Voluntary Service (PCVS) received £21,000 to support distribution of funding in Peterborough through their existing infrastructure and knowledge of smaller groups who can mobilise an emergency response for distributing food, transport, and providing equipment.
- Disability Huntingdonshire (DISH) received £2,900 to provide infrastructure tools such as website upgrades and mobile phones to enable staff to continue to support a high risk cohort (who would normally receive home visits and one-to-one assessments) through the disability benefits system.
- Citizens Advice Rural Cambs received £5,000 to provide direct emergency aid to high risk residents for essential living costs i.e. food bank vouchers, supermarket vouchers, fuel vouchers (particularly to cover those waiting for initial Universal Credit payments).
- The Blue Smile Project received £3,115 to distribute therapeutic art packs and folders to vulnerable children who experience severe emotional and behavioral difficulties, usually resulting from family breakdown, domestic violence or abuse.
- Littleport Parish Council received £4,500 to enable the local Covid-19 Help and Support Group to provide food, educational support and equipment to aid social interaction for isolated people.
- Cambridge Cyrenians received £3,000 to supply essential grocery drop-offs to 60 homeless people who are self-isolating in temporary accommodation provided by the Cyrenians.
- White Ribbon Alliance received £4,700 to support 100 isolated pregnant or breastfeeding women through online and telephone birth preparation, labour support and post-natal services.
- Cambridge Sustainable Food Alliance received £15,000 to set up the Cambridge Coronavirus Emergency Food Project to help 1,000 vulnerable people, which includes coordination of/signposting to emergency food; facilitation of local hubs in churches and elsewhere; and to supply those hubs with cooked meals and ingredients.
- Safe Soulmate CIC received £2,500 to provide online socials for 80 people with learning difficulties and their families, ensure their well-being and that they have all the provisions they need; and to develop their website and chat forum.
- Hope Church Chesterton received £5,000 to run the East Chesterton Emergency Food Response: the creation of a free and open access food hub to serve the most vulnerable and isolated in East Chesterton. This involves a free twice a week 'community fridge' and the delivery of emergency food.
- CARESCO received £5,000 to continue running Sawtry Foodbank to help 500 vulnerable people with emergency food parcels and an outreach programme of daily telephone calls for emotional and practical support including picking up prescriptions.
- Cambridgeshire Deaf Association received £5,000 to continue to support 120 isolated, deaf people in the current crisis by providing online 1-to-1 and group services and through providing PPE for volunteers who are delivering medicine and food.
- Cambridgeshire Reuse & Recycling Network Ltd (working with Wisbech Community Development Trust) received £4,200 to create and deliver Boxes of Rainbows to vulnerable families struggling with isolation and loneliness. The boxes contain activity sheets, low tech creative games and creative resources - poster paints, paper, shiny papers, fluffy furry fabric, pom pom kits, wool, indoor sporty and creative games.
- Little Thetford Village Hall received £4,950 to provide 3 cooked nutritious meals per week for 11 weeks for 50 vulnerable residents in the village who are struggling to get food delivered.
- Friends of Histon & Impington Community CIO received £2,850 to support 600 vulnerable households with Hope Again Bereavement courses, food parcels, mindfulness sessions for adults and family, materials support for carers, online parent workshops, provision of iPhones and communications.
- Living Paintings received £3,000 to maintain their postal library service for 462 blind and partially sighted people in Cambridgeshire to continue offering Touch to See books to young people to help maintain their education and learning during isolation as well as to older people to ease the strain of isolation.
- Cambridge Aid received £5,000 to provide grants of up to £150 for people in financial need for gas and electricity, replacement electronic appliances or support for victims of domestic abuse.
- Cambridge Women’s Aid received £2,800 to provide tablets with video conferencing capabilities to families currently residing in the refuge as well as to future incoming families and to improve IT facilities at the refuge to allow continued and consistent access to specialist support services as all services are now being provided virtually/remotely.
- John Huntingdon's Charity received £2,000 to run the Sawston Foodbank which is providing bags of food to 200 vulnerable households.
- Maggie’s Centres received £5,000 to provide benefits advice to 60 people affected by cancer and impacted by the coronavirus to reduce the additional financial pressures people with cancer and their loved ones are currently experiencing.
- Peterborough Citizens Advice Bureau received £2,400 to purchase laptops and mobile phones for PCAB's essential but at risk older volunteers to continue to provide vital support and advice relating to the pandemic to hundreds of people from the safety of their own homes.
- Cottenham Charities received £5,000 to support isolated, older people by providing help with food shopping and social contact through telephone calls.
- Soham Community Association received £2,500 to provide a paper newsletter filled with current information for vulnerable people who don't use the internet, and to provide basics such as food, supermarket vouchers, medication or electricity/gas credit for those who need it.
- Balsham Parish Council received £2,000 to set up a food bank for local families who are in need during the crisis.
- Fordham Timebank received £1,300 to support local people in need through a food bank and delivering food parcels and to promote this through leaflets and posters.
- REACH Community Projects CIO received £4,999 to provide a proportion of staff costs, equipment and expenses such as volunteer travel and food parcel packaging to reflect the increase (not existing) demand for services such as frontline food delivery and fuel support.
- Cambridgeshire, Peterborough and South Lincolnshire Mind received £4,950 to set up Lifeline Plus, a public helpline providing 1,500 callers with someone to talk to and guided self-help around the impact of COVID-19 on their mood and wellbeing, in partnership with Lifecraft and Cambs & Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group.
- Centre 33 received £5,000 to support young people, front line staff and volunteers whilst they work remotely trying to meet an increasing demand with increasing challenges to service delivery due to the coronavirus; to work with a consultant who will support staff and offer training.
- Home-Start Royston & South Cambridgeshire received £2,960 to provide 20 weeks of parenting support sessions for 6 families who are negatively affected by the current situation and need support managing family conflict, domestic abuse, depression and anxiety and developing coping strategies and more positive relationships.
- Church of the Good Shepherd, Cambridge received £4,140 to host a Community Fridge that is available to everybody and addresses food poverty arising as a result of the Covid-19 crisis in the King's Hedges and Arbury wards.
- East Timorese Association Peterborough received £4,000 to support vulnerable people who are older, from an ethnic minority group, asylum seekers or Portuguese speakers through providing accessible information and delivering food and other essentials.
- Red Balloon of the Air (RBAir) received £5,000 to increase mentoring and therapy support for vulnerable children who are experiencing heightened anxiety and stress due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
- Rima's Ladies Arts UK CIC received £3,648 to run virtual arts sessions for young people and their families from Eastern European communities and to provide art packs containing materials for each session in order to reduce isolation and promote positive well being.
- St Ives Town Council received £500 to purchase five WiFi enabled tablets and five 4G hubs to be loaned to residents who don't have access to this technology for a 24 hour period each.
- Afghanistan and Central Asian Association received £4,440 to move and manage day-to-day financial, counselling and mental health advice and support service in Cambridge to online and phone delivery; to manage the surge of calls from vulnerable older people, low-income families, refugees and victims of domestic abuse on a range of topics including support with citizenship applications, Universal Credit applications, financial issues, tenancy support, domestic violence, mental health problems and suicide.
- Soul Happy Shop CIC received £1,665 to run an online ordering system to deliver low-price healthy foods for local people and to provide a free, online mental health support service.
- Abbey People CIO received £5,000 to purchase and loan 10 tablets and internet devices (which will then be donated to local schools or the community hub) to families who do not have access to the internet so that children can access school work, and to purchase non-perishable food items to be distributed through the existing Food Hub.
- Cambridge Rare Disease Network received £3,270 to continue running their Unique Feet community activity group for children and their families who have a rare disease. The groups include dancing and yoga over Zoom.
- Cambridge Community Arts received £4,610 to hold virtual creative clubs to provide a safe place for adults with complex physical and mental health conditions to meet with others online to share and develop their creative interest. Activities may include drawing, painting, writing poetry, photography and playing music.
- Stretham Parish Council received £4,810 to provide cooked meals to vulnerable isolating people, and to offer delivery of prescriptions, shopping, walking dogs, friendly phone chats to more. The people are vulnerable due to age (some in their 90s) or high risk due to health issues.
- UK Islamic Mission received £5,000 to deliver essential items such as food and medicine to older and vulnerable people who are self-isolating and are unable to afford them.
- Bassingbourn-cum-Kneesworth Parish Council received £3,000 to assist 270 villagers to maintain food provisions, animal provisions and welfare and telephone support.
- Bluntisham Parish Council received £2,000 to co-ordinate a hub of volunteers delivering and collecting essential food, medicine and supplies to self-isolating villagers of Bluntisham plus fuel costs, printing costs to promote the service and to purchase food for those with no means to pay.
- Linton Parish Charities - Charity of Elizabeth Harrison received £5,000 to support local, isolated people by delivering essential items such as food shopping and prescriptions.
- Findacure received £5,000 to increase their output of focus groups, webinars and e-Learning content to fill the immediate need faced by 600 people in their rare disease patient groups as a result of lockdown.
- Fenland Association for Community Transport (FACT) received £5,000 to provide a shopping service to provide essential items and prescriptions for 100 isolated, older people.
- Prodigal Collective CIC received £7,550 to provide community based specialist nurse support and bereavement counselling to Peterborough families that have experienced the death of a relative or friend during the Covid-19 pandemic.
- GLADCA received £5,000 to deliver a cooked meal and groceries to 420 vulnerable people prioritising people who are older, homeless, refugees or asylum seekers £5,000.00.
- The Salvation Army (Cambridge) received £5,000 to provide hot meals and sandwiches to those in temporary accommodation in B&Bs and hotels; those who are street homeless; and to older, self isolating and vulnerable people.
- CLIC Sargent received £5,000 to support for 24 children and young people who have cancer and their families through providing guidance on government advice and how to access emergency help and through online group sessions in order to reduce isolation.
- Cambridge Cancer Help Centre received £5,000 to provide support for 175 people who have cancer, their families and carers through telephone calls, online courses and activities in order to improve their well-being and prevent them from needing to access NHS services.
- Cambridge United Youth & Community Trust received £4,705 to provide emotional and practical support for people struggling with isolation through a Community Careline, providing hot meals and education packs to local families and sport packs and online calls for people with disabilities.
- Duxford Covid Group received £4,952 to deliver one hot meal per day for 700 local people who are vulnerable, unwell or key workers living in a single parent household.
- CHS Group received £5,000 to provide exercise and gardening equipment, laptops, tablets and essential items for 50 young people who are at risk of homelessness and live in supported accommodation in Cambridge.
- Refuge received £5,000 to keep 100 women and children safe from domestic abuse, maintain a basic standard of living, and support children’s education and well being during the coronavirus crisis.
- CHS Group received £1,260 to provide exercise and gardening equipment, arts and crafts and essential items for 15 young people who are at risk of homelessness and live in supported accommodation in Ely.
- CHS Group received £3,000 to provide exercise equipment, laptops, PS4, arts and crafts and essential items for 28 young people who are at risk of homelessness and live in supported accommodation in Wisbech.
- SERV Suffolk & Cambridgeshire received £2,000 to cover the additional running costs incurred as a result of taking on new projects to support NHS Hospitals; providing a free delivery service to transport medicines from local pharmacies to patients who are self-isolating, deliver PPE across Cambridgeshire and transfer medical equipment between NHS sites.
- Young Technicians CIC received £4,150 to run online home education music industry sessions for 40 disadvantaged children and young people aged 9-18 to help reduce feelings of worry and isolation and improve mental health, transferable skills and confidence.
- Caring Together received £4,958 to respond to Coronavirus by increasing provision in response to demand; adapting provision in the community to phone and virtual support, increasing the emotional and practical support available to carers facing significantly increased stress and concern during this time and family members who are having to isolate.
- North Cambridge Community Partnership received £3,739 to provide 600 cooking and arts activity parcels along with a video link or printed instructions to disadvantaged families in order to reduce isolation and improve well-being.
- Abbey College, Ramsey received £5,000 to provide 45 students in receipt of Free School Meals with a laptop to receive full benefit from the present curriculum.
- St Andrew's Church, Cherry Hinton received £5,000 to launch a food hub for vulnerable people, which will be open Wednesday and Saturday 2–4pm for at least the next 3 months.
- KidsOut received £750 to provide supermarket vouchers for 30 families self-isolating in women's refuges across Cambridgeshire.
- North Cambridge Academy received £5,000 to provide 125 students in the Arbury community who are eligible for Free School Meals with a musical instrument to engage in online classes with their music teacher and join a virtual orchestra.
- The Mordens and Litlington Mobile Warden Scheme received £2,500 to support 22 isolated, older people through delivering essential shopping and prescriptions, telephoning them daily and purchasing PPE for emergency visits.
- Hunts Forum of Voluntary Organisations received £5,000 to support vulnerable people through delivering food shopping, prescriptions and other essential items and to provide PPE for 50 volunteers.
- Wilburton Parish Council received £3,000 to offer payments to 50 older and vulnerable local residents for items to tackle isolation, loneliness and anxiety; newspapers, magazines, books, jigsaw puzzles, wool, writing materials and food shopping.
- Cambridge Breastfeeding Alliance CIO received £1,842 to provide free, online breastfeeding support for 100 mothers who are struggling in the early days with a new baby in isolation and without the in-person support of friends and family.
- Something To Look Forward To received £2,500 to continue granting gifts, experiences and essential items to 200 people affected by cancer and cancer poverty in order to provide rest and enhance their well-being.
- Power 2 Creativity received £5,000 to run online creative music sessions (plus advice) for 400 young people who are NEET, at risk of offending or have already, or have mental health issues.
- Oblique Arts received £4,750 to offer a phone advocacy helpline (3 days per week for one year) for 750 vulnerable people in Gypsy, Roma & Traveller communities, and support for access to services, benefits and provision they would not otherwise access. This includes education support and planning, books and links with education providers.
- The Ferry Project received £5,000 to pay staff costs for their Central Food & Donations Hub, to provide meals and weekly/monthly care packages to 500 homeless people currently accessing support.
- Olive Branch Community Garden received £4,730 to increase the distribution of food and growing resources to 150 people/families/organisations in the local community by providing food and home growing resources, developing a community of gardeners who offer each other support.
- Meldreth Coronavirus Community Support received £2,500 to run a food bank and provide community meals, run a screen bank (facilitating provision of donated and refurbished IT equipment to households who need it for communication or home schooling), and mental health support for 2,000 local residents.
- Open Door Baptist Church received £1,600 to upgrade from domestic fridges to a large commercial fridge to safely store donated food that is being made into food parcels which are being delivered to older or vulnerable people.
- Beds & Cambs 4x4 Response Group CIO received £999 to cover mileage and wipes for their service which has so far covered over 11,300 miles moving PPE equipment, food parcels and transporting patients for ongoing cancer treatment and welfare checks.
- Bretton Seniors Community Association received £4,750 to check in on 50 isolated older people by phone, video chat or in person and provide essential food packages if needed.
- The Hygiene Bank CIO received £1,802 to provide essential hygiene products for Soham families in financial need due to the closure of the local drop-off points.
- Unite 4 Humanity received £5,000 to provide 4,000 hot meals for rough sleepers housed in hotels by the Council and food parcels for vulnerable isolated families and older people.
- Enabling Independence Service received £1,000 to provide food parcels and gas or electricity vouchers to 30 people with a learning disability.
- Bluebell-19 c/o Waresley PCC received £1,000 to cover printing costs for leaflets to 1,500 local homes and to have a small contingency of funds available for isolated older people who need help with shopping.
- Cambridge City Foodbank received £10,000 to provide fuel vouchers to 200 Cambridge residents to top-up pre-pay meters to ensure that no-one who receives a food parcel is then unable to heat/cook the food provided due to insufficient funds.
- Hardwick Network and Hardwick Evangelical Church received £1,351 to provide emergency funding for food for 50 people in extreme financial hardship, and to reimburse travel expenses of residents collecting prescription medicines for shielded or self-isolating people.
- Cambridge City Council receieved £5,000 to distribute 1,250 creative packs to low income, vulnerable families through the Cambridge City Council’s Arts Development Team working in partnership with The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge Junction and Kettle's Yard.
- Chinese Community in Peterborough received £2,500 to help people to access nutritious meals by connecting by providing groceries, and/or ready-made meals; and to support isolated people in the community.
- Methodist Homes (MHA) received £5,000 to help with the cost of PPE for 200 residents, their families and staff over the next three months, specifically ring fenced to be spent at their facilities in Bottisham and Peterborough.
- Voluntary and Community Action East Cambs received £1,000 to operate a telephone befriending service, using volunteers, to ensure the most vulnerable people are not isolated or need any help.
- Paston Farm Community Foundation received £2,139 to run online sessions (art, reading, chat) for 9 weeks for people suffering with anxiety/loneliness, and provide practical support to alleviate issues arising from mental health and financial issues.
- Cambridgeshire County Council received £2,500 to supply 50 Care Leavers with individual incentives to discourage them from breaking lock down restrictions, such as gardening tools/grow bags/seeds, running trainers, art supplies or musical instruments.
- Cruse Bereavement Care (Huntingdonshire Branch) received £3,000 to provide bereavement counselling for people who have been affected by the death of a loved one and further affected by the crisis through ongoing telephone support and to provide online training for volunteers.
- Cambridge Student Community Action received £574 to cover additional expenditure required to deliver the previously funded Anxiety Slayers project connecting student volunteers with 90 vulnerable adults and children.
- Spectrum Cambridge received £4,887 to meet the increased demand for services and support of families of children with Autism, additional needs and disabilities due to the impacts of coronavirus through the hiring of a volunteer lead and bringing on 10 new volunteers.
- Caring Hair (Cancer Hair Care) received £4,114 to provide support for people experiencing cancer-related hair loss through a consultation via phone or video call and a free pack containing items most beneficial to the individual.
- St Andrew's Street Baptist Church received £5,000 to provide 3 meals each day for 120 homeless people who have been temporarily accommodated in partnership with St Andrews Chesterton as part of the It Takes a City initiative.
- Waterbeach and Landbeach Action for Youth (WAY) received £1,758 to run small group, socially distanced, outdoor activities for 15 young people when it is safe to do so to improve their mental and physical health.
- Jimmy's Cambridge (Night Shelter) received £5,000 to pay staff costs for for dealing with increased work load as a direct result of the crisis and the ongoing need to keep people safe and off the streets.
- Newborough & Borough Fen Parish Council received £2,498 to provide three hot meals per week for 28 local vulnerable people who are struggling to eat a hot meal during the pandemic.
- Cambridge Re-Use received £1,485 to cover costs of PPE, sanitising materials and other equipment in order to re-open safely on 15th June.
- Burwell Print Centre received £2,000 to set up a recycling project to allow their 40 Printers, who are adults with learning disabilities, to still be part of the centre whilst isolating to improve mental and physical well-being. The Printers will use a briquette maker to produce the eco fire bricks at home.
- Fenland Association for Community Transport (FACT) received £4,960 to provide a Community Transport Delivery Service giving access to ordering home wares and hobby materials to combat boredom and loneliness for those having to shield due to being vulnerable. This project is in partnership with CCORRN (Cambridgeshire Community Reuse and Recycling Network).
- Kingsgate Community Church received £5,000 to purchase kitchen packs consisting of saucepans, frying pans, crockery and cutlery to enable 125 people to cook nutritious meals for themselves thus helping to increase their physical well being and promote independent living. They work with families fleeing domestic violence, rough sleepers currently accommodated in hotels but being moved on to longer term accommodation, and families with children being moved on from emergency temporary accommodation.
- The Edge Café CIC received £3,400 to cover volunteer expenses, two 'elephant bikes', signage and hygiene items to run their Fare Share food distribution service for 200 vulnerable adults in need and local NHS staff.
- Power2Inspire received £3,000 to extend the online streaming service, of 3 live daily exercise class sessions aimed at older, frail, disabled or mentally vulnerable people to help reduce falls and prevent a general decline in health during self-isolation, for another 7 weeks beyond the initial 12-week programme.
- The Stroke Association received £5,000 to ensure that 153 stroke survivors and carers keep getting the practical, emotional and social support they need and increase their telephone and digital services to new cases.
- Cambridge Ethnic Community Forum received £7,000 to run the CECF Emergency Food Provision for all Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) residents, recent migrants and refugees in Cambridge. This included dedicated staff time for more online communication, accessible information, telephone and well being support for isolated and vulnerable BAME people, as well as more food supplies.
- Orchard Park Community Primary School Parents Teachers Friends Association received £4,050 to provide 180 'home-learning screen-free well-being' packs of activities for primary school aged children. These packs will support the education of vulnerable young people alongside lessons posted online each week by teaching staff.
- Nicolaus Copernicus Peterborough Polish School received £5,000 to support 500 vulnerable people in the Polish community through improved communication (translated materials on current rules) and practical support (emergency relief packages containing food and other necessary items to families in need).
- Cambridge Council for Voluntary Service received £2,932 to provide staff mobile phones, data packages and to move training package online to help continue core work supporting local charities and community groups across Cambridgeshire.
- Baba Budha Ji Educational Trust received £5,000 to deliver raw and cooked food parcels to 1,000 homeless and vulnerable people in Peterborough and the surrounding areas.
- Multiple Sclerosis Society Huntingdon & District Group received £2,000 to offer welfare benefits advice to 25 people living with MS, their families and carers in the Huntingdonshire area.
- Open Door Baptist Church received £2,500 to cover transport, packaging and cleaning costs of delivering food parcels and cooked meals to 200 self-isolating older and vulnerable people.
- The Giving Tree (East Anglia) CIC received £2,499 to cover the cost of ingredients to donate 1,000 free meals to care workers, hospices, NHS front line and communities in need impacted by the pandemic.
- Ramsey Neighbourhoods Trust received £4,875 to support Ramsey Area COVID-19 Support (RACS) which is helping 200 vulnerable people with shopping, prescription collection, well being phone calls, referrals, distribution of activity packs to older residents, and the issuing of food bank vouchers.
- Bluntisham Parish Council received a further £2,000 to pay for 5 hours a week of the parish clerk's time to co-ordinate a hub of volunteers delivering and collecting essential food, medicine and supplies to self-isolating villagers of Bluntisham plus fuel costs, printing costs to promote the service and to purchase food for those with no means to pay.
- Cambridge Aid received a further £5,000 to provide up to 33 emergency grants of up to £150 for people in financial need for gas and electricity, replacement electronic appliances or support for victims of domestic abuse.
- Disability Cambridgeshire received £4,000 to cover the costs of increased caseworker hours to offer DWP benefits advice to 50 disabled clients who are suffering financial hardship.
- CCHP (Cambridge Churches Homeless Project) received £5,000 to provide emergency support to homeless people (sleeping bags, food, essential toiletries, essential transport and telecommunications).
- ECHOutdoors Company UK CIC received £4,138 to prepare their outdoor education site and provide suitable facilities for reopening for 200 children from schools, youth and community groups.
- Royston & District Community Transport received £1,920 to make sure they are always available to transport 500 vulnerable people to hospital and medical appointments, and to carry out home deliveries of shopping and medical prescriptions.
- Melbourn Parish Council received £2,165 to continue the Melbourn Coronavirus Community Response (MCCR) for a further 4 weeks. The MCCR is supporting local vulnerable people through delivering prescriptions, essential shopping, community meals, food bank, befriending calls and a hearing aid service.
- Castle School received £500 to hold a virtual Zoom prom for 40 Year 11+ SEND pupils to allow them to feel part of a community.
- St Ives Dementia Friendly Community Group received £1,408 to run weekly online singing and social zoom sessions for 50 isolated older people with dementia and their carers.
- St Paul's Church and Community Centre received £3,330 to run two lunch clubs for 20 isolated older people in line with government advice, either with meals delivered to homes or provided to smaller groups at the Centre.
- Bipolar UK received £2,024 to hold 12 monthly 2-hour online meetings to replace face-to-face groups forced to close. These will connect and support increasingly isolated, anxious and vulnerable people impacted by bipolar.
- HF Trust Limited received £1,451 to run a therapeutic gardening project for 4 residents with Prader Willi syndrome to bring about positive mental health changes since being isolated due to COVID-19.
- Young People March received £776 to provide small group sessions for 35 isolated young people aged 9-12 years. The sessions will focus on discussions around their feelings and worries about the past situation and the current one.
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