Grants are available for charitable organisations to carry out projects in areas of social needs (youth and employment, help for older people, the arts and the environment) in Cumbria.
Objectives of Fund
The overriding intention of the Trustees is that grants should benefit as many residents of Cumbria as possible with particular regard to those who are disadvantaged in any way.
Funding is intended to support charitable organisations working in the following areas:
Youth and employment.
Help for older people.
Funding is at the discretion of the Trust.
Up to £5,000 is available but most of awards are between £1,500 and £3,000.
Most grants are for one year. Occasionally two and three year awards may be considered if it is a vital project and its sustainability is at risk.
Match Funding Restrictions
Applicants are required to list all other funding applied for.
Who Can Apply
The following criteria apply:
Applicants should ideally be a registered charity, or applying to become one. However, any properly constituted body with charitable objectives can apply (though they should check with the Administrator first).
Applicants working with children or young people must have a written child protection policy in place.
National charities can only apply if:
They can clearly evidence the work they do in Cumbria.
They can provide an independent referee who lives in the County, and can vouch for their work in Cumbria.
Capital funding is preferred but revenue requests may be accepted in particular circumstances.
Projects should address the areas of social needs, youth and employment, help for older people, the arts and the environment.
Examples of previously funded groups include:
Bolton Low Houses Preschool
South Lakes Federation
Parish Church of St Ann, Ings
Walton Village Hall
Citizens' Advice Allerdale
Pitstop Project Barrow
West Cumbria Trades Hall
Workington Junior Squash Club
Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery
How To Apply
The annual deadlines for applications are on 1 February, 1 June, and 1 October. If the deadline date falls on a Sunday, noon on the following day will apply.
Application forms are available to download from the Trust's website. The completed application form should be sent by post to the Administrator.
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