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Cumbria Community Foundation - Cumbria Fund

29 April 2021/Categories: Grants_and_Funding

Grants are available to voluntary and community groups working to tackle disadvantage and strengthen communities in Cumbria.

Fund Information

Funding body:
Cumbria Community Foundation
Maximum value:
£ 10,000
Application deadline:
None specified


Cumbria Fund Grants are provided and administered by Cumbria Community Foundation.

Objectives of Fund

The programme offers small grants to boost the capacity of local voluntary and community groups to enable them to carry out projects that help disadvantaged local people and strengthen communities.

Value Notes

Grants of up to £10,000 can be provided for up to one year. Multi-year funding may be awarded for certain projects.

Who Can Apply

Voluntary and community groups in Cumbria that are helping people facing disadvantage are eligible to apply.

Organisations must have:

  • A formal constitution or set of rules.
  • A bank account in the group's name which requires at least two signatures.
  • A governing body comprised of at least three unrelated members.

Preference is given to grassroots community groups and small-to-medium-sized voluntary organisations.


Funding is not available for the following:

  • Play areas.
  • Expeditions.
  • Individuals.
  • Environmental projects.
  • Sports or arts projects, unless linked to one of the five priority areas.
  • Animal welfare.
  • Contact boxing, except where donor advised.
  • Businesses and personal profit.
  • Deficit funding.
  • General large appeals.
  • Medical research and equipment, except where donor advised.
  • Activities which are normally the responsibility of central or local government.
  • Awards from the same fund in a 12 month period.
  • Projects which duplicate an existing service in a area.
  • Fundraisers and fundraising events.
  • Advancement of religion including buildings solely for religious purposes, except where donor advised.
  • Party political activities.
  • Retrospective funding unless through a disaster appeal.
  • Purchase of vehicle, except where donor advised.
  • Groups or individuals who have not returned their monitoring form.
  • Beautification projects, except where donor advised.
  • National organisations who do not have a local presence within Cumbria.

Eligible Expenditure

Priority will be given to projects which support one of the following aims:

  • Improving the lives of disadvantaged children and families.
  • Improving the life skills, education, employability and enterprise of disadvantaged people.
  • Supporting vulnerable older people.
  • Improving the health and wellbeing of people.
  • Strengthening and supporting fragile communities.

All aims should support people in Cumbria.

Examples of activities supported are as follows:

  • Refurbishment of accommodation for homeless people.
  • Improvement of facilities for disabled people.
  • Staff salaries for youth clubs for disadvantaged young people.
  • Agricultural training and experience for vulnerable adults.
  • Drop-in service for people with mental health problems.
  • Advisory services on tackling debt and benefit entitlement.
  • Access to services which tackle social isolation for older people.



How To Apply

Open to applications at any time.

Application forms are available to complete online at the Foundation's website.

Useful documents & links

Useful Links

Addresses and contacts

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

  1. Ellen Clements
    Cumbria Community Foundation
    Dovenby Hall
    CA13 0PN
    Tel: 01900 825760
    Fax: 01900 826527
    Email: [email protected]

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