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Cambridge Street Aid

Cambridge Street Aid helps people on the streets to turn a corner. We do this by raising a fund from which people who are, or have been, on the streets can apply for a grant to help them get off, and stay off, the streets.

There are lots of reasons why people beg on the street. Each person has their own story to tell, and many of us instinctively want to give money to someone we think needs our help. But giving money directly to people on the streets can actually keep them on the streets for longer.

As well as providing practical help to people on the streets, Street Aid gives those who want to help an alternative to handing money directly to people. If you donate to Street Aid, your donation is combined with hundreds of others to make a meaningful sum that will make a real difference to someone’s life. Every single penny donated goes directly to grants for individuals.

Since 2017, over £100,000 has been raised by incredibly generous Street Aid donors, and hundreds of grants have been given out to people to help them get off, and stay off, the streets. You can be part of this.

To donate

By choosing Street Aid, you are choosing real change, not loose change. You can donate:

Online through justgiving.com - Visit the Street Aid page

By text

Text STREETAID 3 to 70085 to donate £3

Texts cost £3 plus one standard rate message and will be paid via your phone company.

To donate a different amount, please amend the text you send. For example, if you would like to donate £5, text STREETAID 5. This would cost £5 plus one standard rate message.

At one of our contactless giving points - which can be found in various places across Cambridge:

  • Customer Services, Mandela House, Regent Street
  • Grand Arcade
  • Park Street Car Park
  • Queen Anne Terrace Car Park
  • Grafton West Car Park
  • Hills Road Co-op
  • Mill Road Co-op
  • Histon Road Co-op
  • Perne Road Co-op
  • Chesterton Road Co-op
  • Burwell Co-op
  • St Pauls Church (Hills Road)

(More contactless giving points coming soon!)

Regularly by standing order – Please email info@cambscf.org.uk for more information.

By cheque – send a cheque, payable to Cambridgeshire Community Foundation, to Cambridgeshire Community Foundation, Hangar One, The Airport, Newmarket Road, Cambridge CB5 8TG. Please mark it as for ‘Street Aid’ so we can allocate your donation properly.

Grant applications

Click here for guidance on how to apply for a Street Aid grant

Click here for cost allowance guidance for individual items

Click here to go to the online application form

PLEASE NOTE: applications now require a Supporting Statement from the grant beneficiary to ensure they are aware of the application being made on their behalf. This can be handwritten and signed by the grant beneficiary, typed (including a signature of the grant beneficiary), an email from the grant beneficiary's email address, or an audio recording of the grant beneficiary stating their support.

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 in the past, on the streets.
  2. The grant must be 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.

People applying for Street Aid grants must be referred by an organisation (voluntary sector or local authority) that 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 £750 will be paid to the referring organisation to use the money for the purpose agreed.

The fund will not normally be used for crisis support. It is to offer longer-term, planned help that will bring about change for the person. We encourage people to be creative as to what they apply for – as long as it would help the person get off, or stay off, the streets, a Street Aid grant could well be available.

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.

If you have any questions about applying, please contact streetaid@cambridge.gov.uk.

Stay in touch

To receive regular Street Aid updates and be the first to hear about opportunities to get more involved in our work, please become a Friend of Cambridge Street Aid.

If you have any questions about Street Aid, you can email StreetAid@cambridge.gov.uk or phone 01223 457 088.

Fundraise while you shop

Did you know that whenever you buy anything online you could be raising free donations for Cambridge Street Aid with easyfundraising?

1. Go to easyfundraising and join for free.

2. Every time you shop online, go to easyfundraising first to find the site you want and start shopping.

3. After you’ve checked out, the retailer will make a donation to Cambridge Street Aid at no extra cost to you whatsoever!

There are no catches or hidden charges and Cambridge Street Aid will be really grateful for your donations.