Cambridge Street Aid helps people with a background of living on the city’s streets to turn a corner. Grants provide practical support to help people get off, and stay off, the streets. We work with local charities who can refer individuals for a grant of up to £250 or £750.
Donate to Street Aid!
Street Aid only works due to the generosity of those who donate money and fundraise for us. Please click on the Donate button (right) to make a donation via JustGiving. Please contact the team using the details below if you would like to fundraise for Street Aid for a specific event (eg Half Marathon). You can also support the fund simply when shopping online with easyfundraising.
To apply click the Apply Online button above right. All applications for a Street Aid grant should be made by a referring agency or other organisation on behalf of the homeless person who needs assistance.
If you have any questions about Street Aid, you can email StreetAid@cambridge.gov.uk or phone 01223 457088.
Applying for a Street Aid Grant
Read about some recent changes to Street Aid (October 2023).
There are three main criteria that people must meet in order to be eligible for a Street Aid grant:
1. The person must be, or have been, sleeping on the streets or living a street-based lifestyle.
2. The grant must be to pay for something that would help the person get off, or stay off, the streets.
3. The person must be a resident of, or have links to, Cambridge City.
Applications must be submitted by an organisation (voluntary sector or local authority) which has assessed the person’s individual circumstances and can confirm that they are in need of financial help that cannot be found elsewhere. Grants of up to £250 are available for people in emergency or temporary accommodation. Grants of up to £750 can be requested for people who have an offer of stable accommodation. Grants will be paid to the referring organisation to use the money for the purpose agreed.
The fund is not for crisis support. The aim is to enable change which has a longer term impact on the beneficiary’s life.
Grants must be spent within 2 months of receiving the grant money.
The fund has a limit of one award per person in any six-month period and two awards in total per person (unless there are exceptional circumstances that are explained in the application). Please note that unsuccessful applications will not be counted towards this total.
Who can apply?
Referring agents on behalf of individuals who are or have been street homeless.
£250 or £750: see guidance notes.