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Funding available for students working towards land-based qualifications

Students being educated for the farming, forestry and horticultural industry are being encouraged to apply for funding.

The Swales Trust Fund, which is administered by Cumbria Community Foundation, provides awards up to £1,000 to support students who are working towards land-based qualifications. Examples of activities supported include study materials, specialist equipment and exceptional study travel costs.

Students who are studying in Cumbria will be given priority. Individuals who are living in Cumbria but are studying outside the county at appropriate institutions, will also be considered. There are no age restrictions on who can apply.

In the previous round of funding, one applicant received funding towards specialist equipment and clothing required for an agriculture diploma at Newton Rigg College.

Ellen Clements, Grants Officer at Cumbria Community Foundation said: “We’re very proud to be managing the Swales Trust, which helps young people who wish to pursue a career in the land-based sector. Given the rurality of Cumbria, it is essential that we invest in our future farmers, foresters and landscapers.”

Applications need to be submitted by Friday 10 March 2017 to be reviewed by the panel on Tuesday 11 April 2017.

To apply visit or for more information contact Ellen Clements on 01900 825760 or email


Notes to Editors


  • Issued by: Lucy Starkie, Marketing & Communications Intern, Cumbria Community Foundation. Phone: 01900 825760, email:
  • Cumbria Community Foundation is a charity dedicated to meeting community need by grant aiding community and voluntary organisations in Cumbria. It was launched in 1999 and given out more than £30 million in grant aid. It is an award-winning charity dedicated to improving community life by making grants to local charities. For more information go to
  • Other contacts: Ellen Clements, Senior Grants Officer, Cumbria Community Foundation. Phone: 01900 825760, email: