Funding Sources Cumbria

Active Cumbria Travel Actively Fund -  to support, encourage and enable people in specific target groups to be more active by cycling, walking and wheeling (for example scooters, wheelchairs) for everyday journeys in Barrow and Carlisle. 

CFM's Cash for Kids - the charity will distribute money to young people in Cumbria to pay for specific equipment. Projects must be for the benefit of young people under the age of 18; who are disabled and have special needs or who come from underprivileged backgrounds.

Cumberland Building Society - A fund for charitable organisations, in particular those aligned with the company’s purpose to make a positive difference to the lives of its customers, communities and people in the Society’s operating area of Cumbria, Dumfriesshire, Lancaster, Preston and Haltwhistle. Both strategic (up to £25k) and community grants (up to £5k) are available.

Cumbria CVS Eric Wright Charitable Trust Funding of up to £1000 is available for small groups (with an income of less than £30,000) in Barrow and South Lakes via the Eric Wright Charitable Trust.

The Copeland Community Fund - To be eligible for a Copeland Community Fund, grant applications must come from community groups or organisations which are non-profit bodies. The Fund has six themes, one being 'Arts, Culture & Sport' & another 'Quality Open Spaces'. Click here for further details

Cumbria Community Foundation - The foundation exists to tackle poverty and improve the quality of community life for the people of Cumbria by raising money and making grants, responding quickly to emerging need, working in partnership with donors to distribute charitable funds. Their grants reach people and organisations which really need them.

Cumberland Council - Funding to support community projects via Community Panels.  Community Panels are a way of listening to their communities and directing investment where it is needed most.

Dora Beeforth Memorial Fund - Small grants are available for groups working with young people (aged 11 to 21 years) from low income families in Cumbria to take part in sport or foreign travel.

Eden Leisure Grants Grants are available to support organisations including sports clubs and community groups. The fund is discretionary and can support a wide range of projects including both revenue and capital projects. Applications are considered by the Community Services Portfolio Holder. Applications are accepted throughout the year, subject to budget. 

The Fellfoot Forward Landscape Partnership Scheme led by the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) Partnership, has opened the window for applications to two grant schemes; one of which is for community groups. Grants are available for groups and organisations who are involved in community projects that benefit the sustainability and well-being of Fellfoot Forward communities. 

Fibrus Play it Forward fundGrassroots sports clubs across Cumbria are being offered the chance to benefit from a share of a £30,000 investment, thanks to a new initiative for young people by full fibre broadband company Fibrus. Clubs and organisations in the county that apply to the new Fibrus Play it Forward fund could gain up to £1,000 in direct investment for new kits and equipment, to improve their existing facilities, or towards training fees. June 2023 and October 2023 deadlines

Francis C Scott Charitable Trust will support charities working in the most deprived communities in Cumbria who are addressing the key transitions in a child's/young person's life, click here for further details.

Hadfield Charitable Trust - Grants for charitable organisations to carry out projects in the areas of social needs, youth and employment, help for older people, the arts and the environment in Cumbria. 

Kipling Fund for Younger PeopleGrants for individuals and charitable not-for-profit groups helping children and families facing disadvantage.

Kirkby Moor Wind Farm Community Benefit Fund -  Charitable groups in and around the Kirkby Moor Wind Farm are invited to apply for funding of up to £10,000.

Orsted - Community Grants - Walney Extension Community Fund. Community grants which help support local groups and organisations in the coastal regions where Orsted construct and operate offshore wind farms.

Police & Crime Commissioner's Property Fund - The aim of the fund is to enable local organisations and community groups to access grants up to the value of £2,500. These grants must link in with one or more of the objectives in the Police & Crime Plan and aim to reduce crime and disorder.

Sellafield - Have 3 categories of funding for organisations in the Copeland and Allerdale Districts:

  1. large projects – Sellafield Ltd contribution over £200,000
  2. medium projects – Sellafield Ltd contribution between £10,000 and £200,000
  3. small, also called good neighbour projects – Sellafield Ltd contribution up to £10,000

Sellafield - SIX (Social Investment, Multiplied) - aims to put local people in charge of their own futures by empowering neighbourhoods in Copeland and Allerdale to create transformational change. The strategy has a range of projects and funds that may be of interest to you.

Sir John Fisher Foundation The majority of the Foundation’s funding is prioritised towards Barrow-in-Furness and the Furness peninsula. We look for evidence of impact within the local area and the involvement of local beneficiaries

The Reconditioning Fund - a fund to support Active Cumbria's Live Longer Better in Cumbria programme which supports older adults and in particular those with long term health conditions to be more active.

Walney Extension Community Fund is a fund for communities along the coastline of Cumbria

Westmorland and Furness Council - Funding to support community projects through the Community Development Teams who manage a range of funds that are used to invest in communities to bring about a positive and lasting change for the benefit of the whole community.