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We operate a number of grant aid programmes and provide information on other opportunities available:

Now open – The Huntingdonshire Futures grant scheme is now taking applications.

Grants of £500-£2,500 are available for community groups and organisations to deliver or add to activities or events that support the Huntingdonshire Futures place strategy.

The goal of Huntingdonshire Futures is to make Huntingdonshire a better place to live, work, and visit over the next 30 years. The strategy is made up of five ‘journeys’. Applications must link to and support at least one of these and may cover more than one.

The five journeys are:

  • Pride in Place - Celebrating your place… Huntingdonshire, your town, your village, your street, or your community group!

  • Inclusive Economy - Supporting people in your community to access skills and opportunities

  • Health Embedded - Ensuring your community stays active and social, two of the most important ways we can stay healthier for longer

  • Environmental Innovation - Improving Huntingdonshire's environment for your community and future generations

  • Travel Transformed - Sustainable travel around your community.

To help, we have put together a brief explanation for each one, as well as some examples of activities or events in our FAQs. These are not prescriptive or exhaustive - please be creative and think about what would make a positive impact on your community.

If you'd like to discuss your idea, please email

Applications must be for projects that are based in Huntingdonshire and where the majority of beneficiaries are Huntingdonshire residents. Please note that you cannot apply for both the Huntingdonshire Futures grant scheme and the Community Chest grant scheme in 2024/2025 for the same project, event, activity or purpose.

View the Huntingdonshire Futures grant scheme eligibility criteria

View the FAQs

Apply for a Huntingdonshire Futures Grant
The Community Chest grant is now taking applications for the financial year 2024/25.

Over the last two years, the Community Chest has welcomed applications that focused on helping residents during and recovering from the pandemic. This resulted in the delivery of projects and initiatives developed by the community for the community.

This year we welcome applications from community groups and organisations who would like to help us achieve the following priorities that have been set out within the Corporate Plan for 2023–28:

  • Improving the quality of life and well-being for everyone

  • Keeping people out of crisis

  • Helping people in crisis

  • Lowering carbon emissions

Applications must be for projects that are based in Huntingdonshire, and where the significant majority of beneficiaries are Huntingdonshire residents.

View the Community Chest Eligibility Criteria [PDF, 0.2MB]

Apply for Community Chest Grant Scheme

The Rural England Prosperity Fund (REPF) is an addendum to the UK Shared Prosperity Fund. It aims to support activities that specifically address the particular challenges rural areas face.

Huntingdonshire District Council (HDC) has been allocated a total of £957,788, of which £350,000 has been allocated to support the growth of rural businesses.

You can find out more and apply for the grant on the REPF page.

The Shop Front Grant Scheme has been extended to independent businesses across the district. The grants available are:

  • up to £10,000 is available for premises in Huntingdon, St Ives and Ramsey that meet the qualifying criteria

  • up to £5,000 for businesses outside of the town centres.

The application closing date for both schemes is 1 September 2024.

You can find out more information and apply for the grants on the Shop Front Grant Scheme page.

We have two strategic grant partners who are contracted with us until 31 March 2020:

  • Hunts Forum for the provision of infrastructure and support for the voluntary sector

  • Citizens Advice Rural Cambs for the provision of information and advice to Huntingdonshire communities.

We provide information for businesses to find out about funding schemes available in Huntingdonshire. This and further information for businesses can be found on our Invest Huntingdonshire website.

Our COVID support grant activity has now concluded. 

The following organisations offer support and funding programmes: