Highways England has invited residents on the A14 Cambridgeshire to apply for £10,000 grants.
The grants will be awarded over the next two years for local community projects that cover the environment, health and wellbeing, heritage, arts, skills and culture.
First round applications are currently open.
The A14 upgrade scheme is a 33.7km long project to improve access between Cambridge and Huntingdon, which is scheduled to start later this year.
The scheme is set to include a new bypass around Huntington between Swavesey and Brampton. It will also widen the A1 between Brampton and Alconbury.
“The construction of the A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon improvement scheme will have a lasting impact on communities that live around it, opening up opportunities for positive initiatives to the benefit of everyone in the area. This fund will help to kick-start those opportunities and ensure that the new A14’s legacy will go way beyond that of a normal road improvement project,” said Gerard Smith, legacy lead on the A14 project at Highways England.
“We want to work with local communities to make the most of these opportunities and ensure we leave behind a positive legacy once the project is completed.”
The new bypass is expected to open in 2020.