Grants of up to £2,000 for projects providing cultural/ educational experiences or support and training towards employability for those facing disadvantage. Small scale environmental projects are also eligible.

Grants up to £2,000 (requests up to £5,000 will be considered only where an exceptionally well-supported case is made) are available from the Microsoft Research Limited Fund.

Grants will be awarded for charitable projects that fulfil one or more of the following:

  • Enrich lives of disadvantaged local people through provision of cultural/educational events or experiences
  • Improve the local green environment through small scale projects
  • Provide support or training to improve the employability of those facing disadvantage

Projects that are open to the public or that make use of computing in their delivery are favourably considered.

Examples of Funded Projects

Wintercomfort received £3,000 towards running weekly job skills workshops for homeless or vulnerably housed men and women.

Cottenham Primary School received £1,000 towards the running of a 10 week music therapy programme for vulnerable children aged between 4 – 5 years who have delayed language development

Cambridge Film Trust received £1,000 to take the Family Film Festival programme to disadvantaged communities outside of the city centre.

Hampton Tiddlers received £2,000 to engage pre-school children in science through educational activities and trips to museums.

Rowan received £3,000 to provide digital equipment to allow student artists with learning disabilities to work more independently.

Who can apply?
Not-for-profit organisations

Maximum grant

Eligible area

1st February, 1st August

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