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Local Funding Sources


Allerdale Borough Council - Grants from £2,000 up to a maximum of £10,000 will be available with funding being provided to organisations that can demonstrate their project will make a significant difference to their members and users from the local community and should also help to deliver a social/economic impact in the Allerdale area. 

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.

The Coalfields Regeneration Trust is currently inviting applications from community and voluntary organisations who are contributing to the regeneration of their communities to apply for grants of up to £5000.  There are a number of eligible wards in Allerdale & Copeland. Temporarily replaced by Coalfields COVID-19 Recovery & Resilience Fund.

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.

Cumbria County Council - The County Council's Area Support Teams manage a range of grant funds that are used to invest in communities to bring about a positive and lasting change for the benefit of the whole community.

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. Maximum of £700 Contact leisure.corporate@eden.gov.uk phone: 01768 817817

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. Contact David Coverdale to discuss potential projects.

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

Gateway Hub – South Lakeland - Voluntary or community organisations are being invited to apply for grant funding of up to £500 to support projects which improve the quality of life in South Lakeland.

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 People -  Grants are available to local voluntary and community groups in Cumbria with community focussed projects for young people in the county.

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.

Police & Crime Commissioner's Community Fund - This Fund is specifically for access by the local community, third sector and voluntary groups within Cumbria. It is specifically aimed at supporting projects that are provided within local communities for the benefit of that community 

Police & Crime Commussioner'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 are 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 Foundation’s objective is to distribute its income to charitable causes, throughout the UK, but with special regard to those based in and working for the benefit of people living in Barrow-in-Furness and the Furness Peninsula.

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