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Cumbria Police and Crime Commissioner - Covid-19 Community Recovery Fund

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Grants are available for established charitable organisations, community or voluntary groups in Cumbria so that they can continue providing their services during the rising economic adversity caused by the coronavirus/COVID-19 crisis.

Fund Information

Funding body:

Office of the Cumbria Police and Crime Commissioner

Maximum value:

£ 5,000

Application deadline:



Cumbria Police and Crime Commissioner Peter McCall has announced a new £250,000 Covid-19 Community Recovery Fund for activities that support the objectives of the Police and Crime Plan.

Money allocated from the Property, Community and Innovation Funds has been combined to create this new fund.

Objectives of Fund

The Covid-19 Community Recovery Fund is specifically for local charities, community and voluntary groups within Cumbria to help them manage the new issues which are arising in light of the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic and as restrictions ease.  Its aim is to help groups that are struggling to retain their offer of support to victims and communities, or who are looking at different ways of working to continue to achieve their aims.

The fund is particularly looking to support organisations that believe they can have an impact on the priorities within the Cumbria Police and Crime Plan, which are to:

  • Tackle crime and anti-social behaviour (objective 3)

  • Ensure offenders face a consequence for their crime (objective 4)

  • Always put victims first (objective 5)

  • Focus our police on online and sexual crime (objective 6)

  • Supporting young people (objective 8)

The purpose of the fund is to provide immediate short-term financial assistance to charities, community and voluntary groups who are providing a vital service to some of the most vulnerable members of the community. 

Value Notes

A total of £250,000 is available with individual grants of up to £5,000.

All funding must be spent by 31 March 2021.

Who Can Apply

Applications will be considered from established charitable organisations, community or voluntary groups in Cumbria.

This includes a:

  • Charity, community or voluntary group with a written constitution or governing document.

  • Community Interest Company or social enterprise limited by guarantee.

Applicants must already have a clear track record of delivering effective services in relevant field/s in the county and have the capacity to adapt or enhance their service in response to the immediate and longer term impacts of Covid-19.



All projects will have to be able to be delivered during the Covid-19 lockdown and recovery phase.

How To Apply

Applications will be considered on a monthly basis, with closing dates being the last day of the month for June, July, August and September 2020.

The continuation of this fund will be dependent on the availability of funds and will be reviewed in response to changes to Government measures. A deadline will be published prior to closing the fund.

The full guidance notes and details are available on the website of the Cumbria Police and Crime Commissioner.

Payment Procedure

Each grant is paid in two stages, 70% at the start of the project and 30% at the end of the project.

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Addresses and contacts

For further information on how to obtain this grant locally, please contact the following:

  1. Enquiries
    Office of the Cumbria Police and Crime Commissioner
    1-2 Carleton Hall
    CA10 2AU
    Tel: 01768 217734
    Email: [email protected]

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