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Funding available for overseas travel

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Young people who are wanting to travel abroad and experience foreign culture can apply for funding towards the cost.

The Mary Grave Trust was set up in 1971 by Burton Dunglinson in memory of his mother, Mary Grave, who was from Maryport. Having worked in America in the 1920s, Mr Dunglinson was aware of the value of travel for young people.

The trust began working with Cumbria Community Foundation in 2005. It awards an average of £55,000 each year, supporting more than 70 young people, primarily from West Cumbria.

Young people aged 11-21 can apply for up to £1,200 if they are travelling abroad through educational or youth group trips, work experience or gap year activities. Priority is given to those living in Workington, Maryport and Whitehaven areas and is means-tested, meaning household income must be £594 or less per week.

Most grants fund school trips such as language trips to France and Spain or art and religious studies trips to New York. Other activities supported include work experience in Spain, peer education in The Gambia, a maths winter school in Singapore, an expedition up the Amazon and a guide exchange visit to Eastern Siberia.

Gary Higgs, Grants & Donor Services Officer at Cumbria Community Foundation, said: “The Mary Grave Trust, which is now worth £1.8 million, is a great example of local philanthropy and how one man has left a lasting legacy for local young people to enjoy for years to come.”

If you would like to apply for a grant, contact Cumbria Community Foundation on 01900 825760 or visit: Mary Grave Trust Fund

Full details of this article can be found at the Cumbria Community Foundation website here.

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