Peterborough Communities Fund

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The Peterborough Communities Fund is an exciting opportunity for people to make a real difference in their communities.

We’re looking to fund projects that get people involved with their local areas, and bring communities together. We’d like to support new projects - or ones ready to expand - that will make a lasting difference.

The Peterborough Communities Fund is open for applications

We welcome bids of all sizes - whether you need just a few hundred pounds or a much larger sum to develop something bigger. Groups can apply for up to £20,000. There is no lower limit.

Applications are invited from organisations from the voluntary, community and social enterprise sectors, based in or outside of Peterborough. We particularly welcome joint bids and ideas with longevity and innovation.

The Communities Fund has been made possible as a result of Peterborough’s status as an Integration Area and Central Government funding for the Integrated Communities Strategy.

Before you apply

Please read the following guidance documents before completing the application form:

Communities Fund Guidance

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Communities Fund Q & A

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Communities Fund Assessment Guide

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Due to the high level and fantastic quality of bids for funding via the Communities Fund, we expect that the next panel meeting will be the last. In order to support to as many groups as possible in applying for the fund, the final panel has been postponed until mid September.

The deadline for bids is therefore Friday 26 August 2019.

There is around £85k of the £300k fund left to be allocated. As a result, it is possible that some bids that meet the benchmark won't be successful in being awarded funding - the panel will score the bids and those that score the highest (above the benchmark) will receive funding. To ensure your bid is in with the best chance, please refer to the guidance notes and Q&A document before submitting.

How to apply

To apply, please complete the Peterborough Communities Fund application form online.

Please note: There is a deadline of 26 August 2019 for applications for Communities Funds.

You will not be able to save the form so you must be ready to complete the application in one go. The Communities Fund guidance document above contains a list of what you will need In order to complete the form. If you would like a Word version of the application form to draft your wording in before submitting, please email

The application form does not provide the facility to upload tables or diagrams, if you would like to submit these in order to support your application, please email the documents to making clear which application they relate to. 

Please note: only tables or diagrams can be accepted, any general information to support your bid above the word count in the application form will not be put forward to the assessment panel.

Further support & workshops

Communities Fund Workshop

The Communities Fund workshops provide an opportunity for groups to meet with others, share ideas or seek advice. The next will take place on: 

  • Monday 29 July, 9.30am - 11.30am at Town Hall (Viersen Room), Bridge Street, Peterborough PE1 1HF

Please note: the award of grant funding by the Council is subject to the recipient signing and returning to the Council a Grant Agreement, which outlines the terms and conditions of the funding. These terms shall include the purpose and use of the grant, payment terms, monitoring of grant progress, insurance requirements etc. No funding shall be awarded until the agreement has been signed by the recipient and the Council.

Also, the Council has standard insurance requirements. Required insurances include public liability insurance with a limit of indemnity of not less than 10 million pounds. This may be amended upon discussion with the Council’s insurance manager, however as a rule these are standard levels required by local authorities.

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