The Cambridge Building Society has launched the Fund, in partnership with Cambridgeshire Community Foundation, to distribute £100,000 via local charities to help families and individuals have access to the food, heating and other essentials they need this winter.

Grants are awarded for vulnerable families and individuals in communities across Cambridge City, South and East Cambs who are struggling with the cost of living. The Fund will provide fuel, bedding, food, carpets, curtains, white goods, soft furnishings, furniture and help with energy bills through our delivery partners.

Grant recipients must be referred by an organisation – either voluntary sector or local authority – that has assessed the circumstances and can verify that the individual or family are in extreme crisis and in need of immediate assistance. 

Repeated or multiple requests for one family or individual are not anticipated as this grant is only intended to help those in extreme and urgent crisis.

To apply for help, please contact one of our delivery partners:

Cambridge Aid
Cambridge City Foodbank
Citizens Advice Rural Cambs

Additional support available

Armed Services Covenant

Are you currently serving, or have served, in the armed forces, either as a regular or reservist? Have you suffered any physical or mental injury or illness as a result of service? Are you a family member (spouse, including those bereaved, or dependent child) of someone that is serving or has served in the armed forces, regular or reservist?

The Armed Forces Covenant is a promise between the nation, the government and the Armed Forces community, ensuring that those who serve, and have served, in the Armed Forces and their families, are treated fairly and are not disadvantaged by their service. It also states that, in some cases, special consideration to those wounded, injured or sick and the bereaved should be given. 

The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Armed Forces Covenant Partnerships are in place to support delivery of the above pledge. There are many services across the county that support those in the military community.

If you need support, you can access a full list of support organisations through the Forces Connect App. If you don’t have access to a smart device and need support with a service related issue, please email

Who can apply?
Referring organisations on behalf of individuals

Eligible area
Within 15 miles of a Cambridge Building Society branch (find a branch)

Open until 31st March 2023