Cambridge cares – The Cambridgeshire Coronavirus Community Fund exceeds expectations
As well as being home to a host of international companies and as one of the world’s best universities, Cambridge has a fantastic community feel. People in the city have always gone out of their way to look after each other, especially in difficult times.
The current COVID-19 pandemic has been a great example of this. Across Cambridge, people have pulled together to support the city’s most vulnerable residents and ensure everyone is looked after.
The Cambridgeshire Coronavirus Community Fund
Virtually as soon as the COVID-19 lockdown got underway, individuals and organisations in Cambridge started looking for ways to help the city get through the crisis unscathed.
One of the first projects to be launched was the Cambridgeshire Coronavirus Community Fund. Designed to help support the city’s most vulnerable people, the fund is working overtime to give organisations the financial help they so desperately need.
As @CambridgeNewsUK explains, the fund “is providing emergency grants to community groups and charities helping elderly people, children, families in poverty and other vulnerable groups who may be struggling.”
Partnerships and charities applying to the fund can obtain grants of between £1,000 and £5,000. Some larger grants may be available in special circumstances.
Once they apply to the fund, recipients can expect to see money in their accounts within 10 working days. This fast turnaround helps to ensure charities are able to continue their vital work and individuals get the safety net they need to stay safe and carry on at this challenging time.
Who can apply?
In order to be eligible for grants from the fund, your project must support older people or other vulnerable residents. This work might involve supporting the ongoing needs of vulnerable people, working to ensure their wellbeing is maintained and reducing the impact of isolation brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.
As the grant has been created to support vulnerable people living in the county, organisations applying for grants must be based in Cambridgeshire.
Money can be used to help cover an organisation’s running costs, allowing them to continue their important work and make the most vulnerable people in Cambridge that little bit safer.
Fundraising for the Cambridgeshire Coronavirus Community Fund
The Cambridgeshire Coronavirus Community Fund depends on donations to support its good work. When it was launched, the fund had an ambitious fundraising target of £1m.
Thanks to the generosity and community spirit of Cambridge and the surrounding area, the project was able to raise almost half its target in just a few weeks. As the lockdown has rolled on, more people are donating to the fund and almost £700,000 has now been raised.
To learn more about the Cambridgeshire Coronavirus Community Fund and to find out how you can donate to this important cause, explore our site or get in touch with a member of our team.