Funding body information

Cumbria County Council

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Community Grants

Grants and Funding for Community Groups

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.

Who can apply for funding?

Applications for funding are welcomed from locally based voluntary and not for profit groups who are involved in community projects or initiatives. To receive funding groups must be constituted and hold a bank account in the name of the group.

Previous applicants have included village halls, play groups, community centres, environmental groups, residents and tenants associations, parish councils, local history groups, sports groups, youth groups and many others.

What do we fund?

Grants are available for projects that demonstrate lasting community benefit. Our funding can be used to support the cost of the purchase of new equipment, the refurbishment of village halls and/or community centres, the set up costs of a new group or community initiative and a variety of other purposes.

To find out if your project is eligible for funding or for further information contact your local Area Support Team for a pre-application discussion.

What funding is available?

Funded through the County Council’s six Local Committees, grant funding is currently available from three separate funds:

Community Grants – Small grants of usually around £1,000 to £1,500 or less to contribute towards the set up of new community initiatives or the purchase of new equipment or refurbishment costs for existing groups

0 – 19 Youth Grants – To support projects and initiatives that have a child or youth focus

Local Member Scheme (LMS) Grants – Funding at the discretion of your local county councillor for community base initiatives or improvement works within the councillor’s electoral division. Each county councillor has £10,000 to award on one or a number of projects. If you have ideas about how your county councillor should spend their LMS Funding please get in touch

Community waste prevention fund welcomes applications for projects that lead the reduction, reuse and recycling of waste through community based activity. More information on this fund and the types of activity that it will support is provided in the Waste Prevention Fund guidance document (PDF 187kb)

Applications for funding are judged on their ability to demonstrate wide ranging and lasting community benefit. Applications are also assessed on their ability to contribute to locally agreed community priorities and the council’s priorities as listed in the council plan and local area plans.

How to apply

We advise you to contact your local Area Support Team in the first instance to discuss your project with one of our Area Engagement Officers. Application forms, criteria and guidance notes are available to download from this webpage.

You will be required to submit a copy of your group’s constitution, recent bank statements, annual accounts, equal opportunities policy (or statement) and a breakdown of all costs associated with your project supported by at least two quotes or estimates from suppliers. Applications from projects that work with children, young people or vulnerable adults will be required to submit a child protection policy and/or a safeguarding vulnerable adults policy.

Completed applications for funding should be returned to your local Area Support Team office.

Community Healthy Weight Pilot Grants

Grants for this pilot fund are for between £500 and £3000 and will be awarded to community based projects and initiatives that will support the healthy weight agenda these include interventions/projects that aim to:

• Increase physical activity
• Encourage/educate people to eat a healthy diet
• Improves access to healthy food
• Supports individuals that are overweight and obese to lose weight
• Build knowledge skills and capacity in the local community
• Fulfil the community needs

Voluntary Sector Funding Pages:

There is no information regarding wider sector funding.

Useful organisations:

Cumbria CVS

Cumbria County Council's website provides a detailed and informative summary of the council's funding arrangements for voluntary sector groups.

Information on VCS funding from the council is situated within the 'Community Support' section of the website. Navigation is straight forward with concise details of the different funds available being given on screen.

Guidance notes and application forms are available on the website, as well as links to contact details to Local Area Support Teams.

What is the DSC Funder Rating?

We need your help

Our ratings are by no means a final verdict, just a starting point to begin discussions about the voluntary sector’s experience of government funders. We are inviting all subscribers to share their experiences and contribute to the DSC Funder Rating. If you can help, please email us at