Cumbria County Council makes grants available in your area through neighbourhood forums.
Grants are available for voluntary, not for profit and community groups for community based projects which will benefit the local area.
Applications can be for anything from £50. Most awards are for less than £1,000.
Who can bid for a grant?
Criteria can vary from area to area, but on the whole groups must be non-profit making, locally based, doing their own fund-raising and the project must show community benefit.
Grants have been awarded to a wide range of community and voluntary organisations including playgroups, resident's action groups, sports groups, youth clubs, environmental groups, community centres and local charities.
Grants are also available for projects, events and equipment, for example setting up costs, educational toys, newsletters, notice boards, craft equipment, food co-ops, emergency information, pantomimes and summer play schemes.
Neighbourhood Forums deal with their grants in different ways and can also have slightly differing budgets. For more information and to find out if you are eligible to bid for a grant, contact your local area team.
Unfortunately, grants are not available to faith groups, unless the project is of a wide community benefit. Local Education Authority (LEA) schools cannot obtain grant-aid for anything which should be funded from the Local Members Scheme (LMS) budget. Applications can be considered from a Parent Teacher Association, but the project must benefit a wider community than pupils and parents.