Community funding throughout Cumbria
As well as funding available directly from us, there are other sources of grants and funding advice available.
Listed below are some of those that you may find useful. The list is by no means exhaustive but will get you started in identifying possible funding streams. If you find another source not listed please let us know so we can add to the list.
Cumbria County Council
Carlisle and Eden Community Safety Partnership (CSP)
The CSP is a partnership group made up of a number of responsible authorities whose aim is to work together to address crime and disorder in North Cumbria. It has some funding available for projects that contribute to the partnership priorities.
Cumbria Community Foundation
The Cumbria Community Foundation is part of a national and international network of community foundations. Together they seek to support people and organisations wishing to invest in the local community. They have a number of grants programmes which have been created by donors to the Foundation. Each has its own criteria and area of interest. Most support locally based community and voluntary groups.
Some Town and Parish Councils have funding available for local community projects in their areas. To see if this is available for you contact your local parish or town Clerk.
Lake District National Park
Read about the Lake District Communities Fund on the Lake District National Park website for projects benefiting local communities in the National Park. Their is for projects promoting sustainability.
Cumbria Waste Group Environment Trust
Cumbria Waste Group Environment Trust funding is available through a government scheme that allows landfill operators to give funding to a range of organisations including local community groups. General information can be found on the regulator's website at www.entrust.org.uk.
There may be others who provide funding through the Landfill Communities Fund, especially for biodiversity projects - contact the Communities Team on the details below for more information.
National Lottery funding
National Lottery funding is distributed through a number of streams.
People's Postcode Lottery
People's Postcode Lottery funding is similar to the national lottery with funds distributed through the People's Postcode Trust.
Pride in Penrith Lottery
Pride in Penrith Lottery small grants available for local community groups in Penrith and immediate environs.
Have you thought about contacting your local Lions Club or Rotary Club to ask them if they have any funds available for projects in their local area?
The Prince's Countryside Fund
The Prince's Countryside Fund has been set up to help rural areas in the United Kingdom to become more sustainable.
The Hadfield Charitable Trust
The Hadfield Charitable Trust is a charitable trust which gives cash grants to charitable organisations in Cumbria.
Cumberland Building Society Community Fund
Cumberland Building Society Community Fund where possible provides funding for community projects with a strong focus on activities that help those less fortunate, support education and encourage community integration.
Cumberland and Westmorland Herald Fund to support groups helping people facing disadvantage.
Holehird Trust supporting Westmorland residents with priority given to projects benefiting elderly people, disabled people, children and young people up to age 18.
Cumbria CVS offers help, advice, training and support to third sector groups throughout Cumbria. They can help with writing successful funding applications, and provide funding searches, high impact funding events and professional training.
They also provide access to GRANTfinder which is an online search facility that will help you find likely sources of funding.
ACTion with Communities in Cumbria (ACT)
ACT is the community development organisation and rural community council for Cumbria. It offers support and advice on community and rural issues.