Last April, Huntingdonshire District Council committed an additional £20,000 to the Community Chest Grant Scheme funding pot to provide further financial support to local community organisations and projects, assisting local people in their response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

One year on and 48 local organisations have been awarded a combined £49,071 in funding that has allowed projects to begin up and down the district, providing help and support to local communities that have been impacted by the pandemic, such as paying towards staff cover, replenishing stocks of PPE, improving stocks used for food parcels, providing hot meals for vulnerable people and purchasing supermarket vouchers for those in need.

Claudia Deeth, Community Resilience Manager, said: "The District Council has always looked to support local communities, especially through what has been an extremely challenging period of the last 12 months. The Community Chest Grant Scheme was adapted to allow for applications from local organisations and even expanded from the original £30,000 to £50,000 to help more people.

"Generosity has not been in short supply throughout Huntingdonshire over the last 12 months and the Council has stepped in at each opportunity to grant payments of up to £1,000 per project, providing valuable financial support to support a local focus to local issues, identified by local people."

The Community Chest Grant Scheme was changed to allow applications for COVID-related response work in April 2020, with applications considered weekly. Local organisations have been allowed to bid for funding multiple times should their project require additional support, or another project or idea arise, several organisations have therefore been awarded more than one Community Chest Grant. Huntingdonshire District Council will be compiling a look back on the projects, checking in on the success that they have brought to their communities and sharing their stories throughout the coming months on social media and our YouTube channel.

Below is a full list of all the projects and organisations that were successful in receiving a Community Chest Grant:

  • 1st Kimbolton Scout Group Activity Socialising and Developing Club
  • 3Cs - Colne Caring Community
  • Abbotsley Village Shop CIC
  • Age UK Cambridgeshire and Peterborough
  • Bluntisham Parish Council
  • Brampton Community Support Network
  • Brampton Village Hub
  • Bury Parish Council
  • Chorus Homes
  • Citizens Advice Rural Cambs (aka Rural Cambs CAB)
  • Diamond Hampers CIC
  • Eaton Socon Cricket Club
  • Ellington Playing Field Association
  • Fireflies Forest School
  • Food for Nought
  • Free Spirit Cambs
  • Friends of Spaldwick School
  • Godmanchester Baptist Church
  • Godmanchester Community Timebank
  • Grafham Community Shop
  • Great Paxton Community Village Shop
  • Hemingford Hub Good Neighbour Scheme
  • Hilton Community Garden
  • Hinchingbrooke District Scouts
  • Holywell-cum-Needingworth Parish Council
  • Houghton and Wyton Timebank
  • Huntingdon Community Action Projects
  • Huntingdon Community Group
  • KICK
  • Kimbolton Cricket Club
  • Little Miracles - St Neots Branch
  • Parkside Smart Start (PASS Project)
  • Pinpoint
  • Ramsey NH Trust
  • Rural Cambs CAB
  • Sawtry Village Academy
  • Social Echo North Huntingdonshire
  • Spotlight Productions
  • St Ives and Warboys Cricket Club
  • St Ives Dementia Friendly Steering Group
  • St Ives Foodbank
  • The Fenland Trust
  • The Norris Museum
  • The Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Northamptonshire and Cambridgeshire
  • Warboys Unites
  • Young Peoples' Counselling Service.