Anglian Water Positive Difference Fund

Anglian Water operates at the heart of the community, and its employees live locally too, so they’re committed to making their local regions great places to live and work. 

The coronavirus pandemic has shown that community has never been more important, and that’s why Anglian Water created The Anglian Water Positive Difference Fund. It is providing grants to support projects which have a positive impact on the people and communities it serves, allowing it to provide help and connecting people with the practical and essential support they need.

The second part of the fund is now open and Cambridgeshire Community Foundation is co-ordinating applications not just from across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough but also other Anglian Water Regions.

What type of projects will be supported?

To be eligible for funding, your project must benefit communities in the Anglian Water region (please see postcode finder and region maps below). Projects must support those in vulnerable circumstances, or those who are considered high risk (including those with pre-existing medical conditions and older people over 60) and help to: 

  • Meet emerging needs resulting from the pandemic, especially for people who are at higher risk or find themselves in vulnerable circumstances as a result.
  • Support projects that have a positive impact on people and communities in the region Anglian Water serves.
  • Connect people, especially the most vulnerable, with the practical and essential support they need.
  • Support communities to recover from the impact of the pandemic.
  • Support community assets, local charities and community groups to adapt and (re)build, empowering communities from the ground up.

How do different regions apply?

If your project is for the benefit of communities in the Anglian Water region of :

  • Buckinghamshire
  • Leicestershire and Rutland
  • Nottinghamshire
  • Oxfordshire OR
  • South Yorkshire 

You can apply for between £1,000 and £5,000 using the SMALL application form to the left.

If your project is for the benefit of communities in the Anglian Water region of :

  • Cambridgeshire and Peterborough
  • Hertfordshire OR
  • Milton Keynes 

You can apply for between £5,000 and £10,000 using the LARGE application form to the left.

This fund may consider applications up to £20,000 on exception. Please email to discuss.

What is the funding for?

The following can be supported within the fund themes:

  • Running costs for organisations to provide support in line with the eligibility criteria, including volunteer expenses, staff costs, and transport; providing the organisation is focusing its attention on providing support to both existing, and any potential new beneficiaries.
  • Capital costs, providing the capital item will address the priorities of the fund, and is linked to keeping older people or those in vulnerable circumstances connected to the outside world.
  • Repeat applications under the same fund for continuation of projects that are proving to work well.
  • Applications from groups which already have live projects or pending applications are eligible.

What is the funding not for?

The fund will not support applications for:

  • Individuals
  • Purchase of vehicles
  • Holiday schemes
  • Events, parties, trips and initiatives based upon mass gatherings
  • Work which does not directly benefit people living in the Anglian Water area
  • Work normally funded from statutory sources

What won't be funded:

  • Organisational structures not listed above, or projects which are not charitable in purpose
  • Activities or projects which have already taken place (i.e. Retrospective funding)
  • Sponsored events, fundraising activities, or grant-making activities or bodies
  • Improvements to land/buildings that are not open to the general public at convenient hours
  • Projects promoting political activities, lobbying for causes, or projects whose main purpose is to promote religion (as distinct from religious organisations)
  • Animal welfare projects or projects overseas

Who can apply?

Applications are invited from constituted not-for-profit groups with an associated bank account into which funds can be transferred.  If the applicant is an unincorporated voluntary body or not-for-profit Limited Company with an annual income over £5,000, in order to be eligible for a grant, it will need to be one of the recognised not-for-profit structures listed below:

  • Registered, exempt, and excepted charities *If the group is a registered charity its submissions to the Charity Commission must be up to date.
  • Parish and Town Councils, Village Halls, and Parochial Church Councils (if the activity is not deemed part of their statutory duties)
  • Constituted organisations and non-registered charities such as: Charitable Incorporated Organisations (CIOs), Community Interest Companies (CICs), Social Enterprises which have the Social Enterprise Mark, Community Amateur ports Club (CASC)
  • Churches and religious organisations (if the activity is not deemed to be proselytising)


Postcode Finder

Use the postcode finder to check that your project is in the Anglian Water Region


For maps of the Anglian Water region please see below.

Areas served - Anglian Water Region

The areas served by Anglian Water is shown on the map below.

Areas served - Hartlepool Water

The areas served by Hartlepool Water is shown on the map below.