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Eden Rural Infrastructure Fund

Please note the Eden Rural Infrastructure Fund is now closed and has been replaced by the Eden Community Fund. See Eden Community Fund for details.

The Eden Rural Infrastructure Fund was a one-off fund in 2012 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 awarded £205,000 in total and the projects will be completed within two years of grants being awarded. The projects supported and grants awarded are shown in the table below.

Applicant Project title Aim of project Grant awarded
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


Inspira 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


Total £205,000

For further information

  • Contact: Senior Communities Officer
  • Email:
  • Telephone: 01768 212268
  • Address: Communities Team, Eden District Council, Mansion House, Penrith, Cumbria CA11 7YG
Rural Infrastructure Fund launch
Launch of the Eden Rural Infrastructure Fund
Eden Community Conference
Community Groups attending the Eden Community Conference
Workshop at the Eden Community Conference
Workshop at the Eden Community Conference

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