Social Value Fund and Community Fund

Find out about our £2m legacy fund open to all non-for-profit groups in Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire

Social Value Fund and Community Fund

Social Value Fund 

Available for all not-for-profit groups and organisations, the £1.7 million Social Value Fund (with grants between £15,000 and £200,000) is designed to maximise the wider benefits of the scheme in the local area. 

The fund is open to any project that delivers positive value, benefits and a lasting legacy for local people, the community, the environment, or the economy. We ask that projects: 

  • are local to Bedfordshire or Cambridgeshire and can demonstrate a link to the A428 Black Cat to Caxton Gibbet improvements  
  • will contribute to National Highways social value pillars: Economic prosperity, Improving the environment, Community wellbeing, Equality, diversity 
  • will only involve capital costs  
  • will be complete and invoiced by 31 March 2027  
  • contribute to National Highways scheme ambition of leaving a lasting positive legacy in the local area 

There are five application windows for the Social Value Fund. These are:  

  • November 2023 to January 2024 
  • May 2024 to July 2024 
  • November 2024 to January 2025 
  • May 2025 to July 2025 
  • November 2025 to January 2026  

Due to the certainty required to project delivery timeline we are unable to fund any project that doesn’t have the necessary planning permissions already in place.

Submit an expression of interest for our Social Value Fund

Community Value Fund 

The £250,000 Community Fund – which is administered by the Cambridgeshire Community Foundation - is available for not-for-profit groups or small voluntary and community organisations, with grants of up to £15,000 being available to help support the local community. 

To be eligible for the Community Fund you must ensure your group does one of the following:  

  • Benefits the local economy, skills, and employment, investing in opportunities to inspire future careers in STEM    
  • Supports and connects communities – supporting community safety, health and wellbeing issues   
  • Enhances the environment – supporting the community to improve and enhance the natural environment   

More information about the Community Fund can be found on Cambridgeshire Community Foundation website.