Grants of up to £15,000 are available for projects in Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire that support local economy, skills and employment; support and connect communities and/or enhance the environment.
- Who can apply?
- Non-profit organisations
- Maximum grant
- Up to £15,000
- Eligible area
- Cambridgeshire & Bedfordshire
- 1 February, 1 August
About this fund
- The total value of the A428 Community Fund is £250,000.
- It will provide small-scale investments, up to £15,000, to support community initiatives.
- The fund will be administered by Cambridgeshire Community Foundation and will award grants exclusively to local non-profit organisations across Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire near the A428 scheme.
- The fund will be available to apply throughout construction, with 5 different submission rounds starting in November 2023.
The A428 Community Fund seeks to support projects that align with its priority areas:
- Local economy, skills and employment – investing in opportunities to inspire future careers in STEM, National Highways and its supply chain. For example, projects which support people in gaining employment on the development.
- Supporting and connecting communities – supporting community safety and health and wellbeing issues. For example:
- Projects to reduce vehicle use and promote cycling, walking and other non-motorised users.
- Arts, culture and heritage projects that reflect changes to the landscape and/or communities brought about by the A428 project.
- Community involvement projects that build relationships in communities because of the new links that the A428 allows.
- Enhancing the environment – supporting the community to improve and enhance the natural environment, particularly around the A428 scheme.
- Applications must be for capital expenditure only. The funds cannot be used to fund revenue costs.
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About the funder
National Highways will be upgrading the route between the Black Cat roundabout in Bedfordshire and Caxton Gibbet roundabout in Cambridgeshire with a new 10-mile dual carriageway and a number of junction improvements. It will improve journeys between Milton Keynes, Bedford, St Neots and Cambridge, bringing communities together, supporting long-term growth in the region and stopping rat running in the villages.
One of the main objectives of the A428 Black Cat to Caxton Gibbet improvement scheme is to leave a positive legacy. They have teamed up with us to provide a community fund that adds value and supports local initiatives along the route in Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire.
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