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Communities across Cumbria benefit from £360,000

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19th November 2019

Community projects across the county have received a share of more than £360,000 to tackle issues such as unemployment, bullying, financial exclusion and health and wellbeing.

A total of 39 charitable organisations received a share of the funds at Cumbria Community Foundation’s recent grants panel. The funding will support a wide range of projects across the county, including Appleby Heritage Centre, Carer Support South Lakes and Safety Net (UK).

18 people have also received a share of almost £12,000 towards educational and training related costs, as well as victims of domestic violence receiving support from the Cumbria Victims Charitable Trust.

The money came from grant making funds, administered by Cumbria Community Foundation, including those set up by Cumberland Building Society, Russell Armer and Westmorland Ltd.

Ellen Clements, Grants & Donor Services Officer at Cumbria Community Foundation, said: “There are many worthy organisations around the county that hold communities together and continue to support the needs of local people. We are ever grateful to the generosity of our fundholders to enable us to support these vital services, especially during times when local services are under pressure and struggling to meet local needs.”

The closing date for Cumbria Community Foundation’s next closing date for the main grants panel is 20th December 2019 with the panel on 21st January 2020.

Full details on this story can be found at the Cumbria Community Foundations website here. 

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