Details of the Eden Community Fund, application forms and guidance notes are now available on the Eden Community Fund webpage. The first deadline for applications is Friday 31 May 2013.
The Eden Rural Infrastructure Fund was a one-off fund available for sustainable community projects in the rural areas of Eden (outside of Penrith). The minimum award was £10,000, the distribution of which was determined by community representatives on the Eden Community Partnership.
Launch at Eden Community Conference
The fund was launched at the Eden Community Conference, held on Saturday 26 November 2011 at Toppin Memorial Hall, Skelton. Over 70 community groups attended the event. Workshops were also held to help develop the criteria for projects, the formation of the Eden Community Partnership and also to generate ideas for possible projects.
Eden Community Partnership
The Eden Community Partnership was formed in January 2012 to oversee the Eden Rural Infrastructure Fund. It consists of a individuals from a broad cross section of Eden who all have a clear focus on helping communities bring their projects to fruition.
How much money and for how long?
The Rural Infrastructure Fund has awarded £205,000 and projects will be completed within two years of grants being awarded. The projects supported and grants awarded are shown in the table below.
||Aim of project
|Alston Moor Partnership
||A strong future for Alston Moor
||Improve the economic and environmental sustainability of Alston Moor, driving forward initiatives identified in the Alston Moor Community Plan
|Eden Credit Union (ECU)
||Eden Credit Union Rural Outreach
||Ensure ECU services are accessible to vast majority of population of Eden through provision of outreach services
|Garrigill Village Hall
||Garrigill Village Hall Accommodation
||Further development of a bunkhouse in order to raise income to make the hall sustainable in the long term and attract tourism to the area
||Wheels 2 Work
||Overcoming transport barriers to employment and further education through the provision of scooters
|Kings Meaburn Village Institute
||Kings Meaburn Village Institute Regeneration Project
||Repair and improve heating, lighting and insulation in the village hall to improve its usability throughout the year and its sustainability
|Lazonby and District Swimming Pool Association
||Lazonby Pool Heat Pump Replacement
||Ensure the future of this rural outdoor community pool by replacing the existing aging and unreliable pool water heating system with a modern and efficient one
|Nenthead Chapel Restoration Project
||Nenthead Chapel Restoration Project
||Purchase and convert a disused chapel into a vibrant, multi-faceted business and community asset with provision for volunteering and training
|Shap Parish Council
||Shap Multi-Use Games Area (MUGA)
||Refurbish an out-of-use tennis court into a floodlit and open access community sports training and play facility
|Threlkeld Village Hall Trust
||Threlkeld Village Hall Community Coffee shop
||Revitalise the village hall through the construction and creation of a community coffee shop
For further information
Contact: Senior Communities Officer
Telephone: 01768 212268
Address: Communities Team, Eden District Council, Mansion House, Penrith, Cumbria CA11 7YG