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Project information

Cambridgeshire Winter Fuel Fund

Everyone aged over 60 on the electoral roll receives a Winter Fuel Payment WFP as a universal state benefit. Those who do not rely on the WFP and feel uncomfortable receiving it, can donate their WFP to The Winter Fuel Fund. The Fund supports charitable projects helping needy, elderly people.

June 2011 - June 2012

Charity information: Cambridgeshire Community Foundation

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  • Need


    Whilst many small voluntary groups working with vulnerable elderly adults are struggling to secure sufficient support to continue their valuable work, others in the community receiving the Winter Fuel Payment as a universal benefit wish they could put it to help others in greater need.


    The Winter Fuel Fund provides a simple and effective way for those that wish to give their Winter Fuel Payment to help others in greater need. The Fund use the money received to provide much needed support to charitable projects working for our elderly and vulnerable neighbours

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Provide an accessible grant fund offering support to charitable projects working with elderly


    » Set up and advertise The Cambridgeshire Winter Fuel Fund ( as one of the many grant programmes we already run)

    What success will look like

    Success will be 50 eligible groups applying for support to projects that are making a positive impact on elderly people’s lives

  • Impact


    The Fund will provide support and encouragement for local groups. It will assist with their running costs and give them ideas and opportunities for seeking other grants. Overall, the fund will bring willing donors and good causes together and will show that small programmes make a difference and that communities can work together.


    Initial focus is on diverting and reapplying the Winter Fuel Payments from those that do not really need, to those who have high needs. The risk that changes may reduce, remove or vary the WFP in the future and hence donations to the Fund, is small as it is felt the feedback that will be provided to the donors- see below- will encourage at least some of them to continue to support the Fund from other means.


    An annual newsletter will be prepared for donors to show how the Fund has been applied. Details of the projects that have been funded, and the impact that the projects have made will be included with pictures, quotes and statistics. The newsletter will emailed and posted on our website.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £25,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £2,500 grant making programme time and resources to run grant programme - advertising, financial controls, IT, staff etc
      £22,500 GRANTS money to make grants to charitable projects

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Individuals willing to donate WFP £600 Guaranteed
  • Background




    older residents of the county who are vulnerable because of poor health, loneliness or low income

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We are trusted by local donors - we have received over £5m of their support
    We have funded hundreds of local voluntary and community groups who tell us we are a vital route for them to access support for their projects

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Dr Sam Weller

    CCF Trustee who, as a recipient of the WFP, will lead the project to help those that wish to see their WFP put to better uses

    Jane Darlington

    CEO who has a track record of encouraging donors to support the Community Foundation

    Marion Branch

    Grants Manager who will guide the groups applying for support from the Winter Fuel Fund on how they can secure a grant