We welcome applications for small grants to support local organisations, good causes and people in need within the village.


Grant applications are processed by our partner, John Huntingdon’s Charity, at their office in Sawston.

If a grant is awarded it can only be used for expenditure or purchases after the grant is approved. The Charity does not support retrospective funding.

Financial Assistance for a Local Organisation or Good Cause

The Charity will consider applications for grants from organisations or good causes such as youth groups, schools, pensioner groups, religious groups, other charities, community support groups and nursing organisations. These grants are intended to cover the cost of specified items, services or travel and rarely exceed a few hundred pounds.

The grants must benefit local people.

Financial Assistance for an Individual, Family or Household

The Charity will consider applications for grants from local people on low incomes. These are intended to cover the cost of essential practical items or services and rarely exceed a few hundred pounds.

We have given grants in the past for cookers, washing machines, beds, school trips and school uniforms – and we have sometimes helped with nursery and playgroup fees.

Applications are processed by our partner – John Huntingdon’s Charity (JHC) in Sawston – whose support workers can help you apply for these and other grants. JHC can also help you apply for the appropriate state benefits.

Case Studies

A single mum on Universal Credit asked for financial help to replace a fridge freezer; the old one having broken down was now sitting useless in the garden. The lack of cool storage severely limited the quality and quantity of foodstuffs the family could store, meaning that mum had to make frequent visits to the shops and keep to a minimum the purchase of fresh, perishable items.

Already struggling to afford anything more than the essentials for her three young children, mum approached the Charity for financial assistance. Having reviewed the request the Charity was pleased to provide a small grant to cover the cost of a basic fridge freezer.

Recently the Charity was pleased to provide a grant supporting four young people from the village on a residential visit to an adventure centre.

This was SSYI’s 3-day trip to Stubbers Adventure Centre, near Upminster.

The activity packed trip involved jet skiing, tunnelling, raft building, lasar tag and more – all designed to help overcome fears and tackle life’s challenges.

For some of the participants it was their only summer holiday and an opportunity for all of them to gain confidence and improve social skills,” reported John Greaves, SSYI Treasurer and Trustee, “Our thanks to the Great Shelford Parochial Charities.

GSVC Trustee Ltd – a company limited by guarantee incorporated in England and Wales, company number 14653486, whose registered office is at 18 High Street, Great Shelford, Cambridge CB22 5EH – is the sole corporate trustee of The Great Shelford Village Charity.   Privacy Policy