Funding and Grants for Businesses

If you are looking to setup a business or interested in business funding please contact the Cumbria Growth Hub.

Working with the Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership, Cumbria County Council provides support in administering the following programmes:

The European Structural and Investment Funds Investment Plan for the period 2014-2020 sets out the priorities that Cumbria intends to support by funds that will come from the European Commission in the next seven years.

The Rural Development Programme for England is jointly funded by the Government and the EU through the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development.  The LEADER approach is a 'bottom-up' way of delivering rural development programmes - focusing on the local area and local organisations.

In Cumbria, it is delivered by Cumbria County Council through two local action groups: Cumbria Fells and Dales and Solway, Border and Eden.

The Copeland Community Fund was an agreement negotiated with the Government to recognise the service the Borough provide to the nation by hosting the Low Level Waste Repository close to the village of Drigg. The £1.5million that Nuclear Decommissioning Authority pay every year is to be spent on projects in Copeland for the benefit of residents and to help generate future income.

The Cumbria Infrastructure Fund is part of the national Growing Places initiative. It offers funding to support infrastructure projects which unlock development, creating jobs and homes in Cumbria.
It operates as a challenge fund, scoring applications against given criteria and selecting the best available projects for the county.  For more information please contact Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership.