The Microsoft Research Limited Fund offers grants to voluntary and community groups in Cambridgeshire which deliver support for people facing disadvantage.

Priorities include projects which:  

  • provide training, support and resources for local people in need 
  • provide support or training to improve the employability of those facing disadvantage 
  • enrich the lives of disadvantaged local people through provision of cultural/educational events or experiences 
  • improve local green spaces through small scale environmental projects


These areas of interest are not exclusive, and other areas (eg organisational costs) may be considered.  

Grants size will usually be between £2,000 to £5,000.  

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
£2,000 – £5,000

Eligible area

1st February, 1st August

Apply for a Grant