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Grant funding for organisations

Applications for grant funding 2015/16 and 2016/17

We have different types of funding available to community and cultural organisations whose work supports our Council Plan.

Some of the funding is given over a longer time to help groups plan and do more.

You can apply now.

Click on the headings below to find out more.

Community organisations

We encourage applications from organisations that support our Council Plan priorities and: 

  • are voluntary or community organisations, including social enterprises
  • provide invaluable support and advice to our community
  • support the local economy
  • also demonstrate they provide for hard to reach groups across the district 

Successful applicants will have a two year funding agreement.

This fund is currently closed

Arts and events

We encourage applications from organisations that support our Council Plan priorities and

  • provide high quality cultural community activity throughout the district
  • promote cultural events or provide facilities which have an appeal beyond local (ward) boundaries

Successful applicants will have a two year funding agreement.

This fund is currently closed 

Locally Important Projects

Locally Important Projects (LIPs) funding can be used to support the delivery of infrastructure such as additional or extension of social facilities, improvements to paths, walkways and the local environment.

This fund is now closed

More information is available on the LIPs webpage

Shop fronts

We provide money for improving shop fronts across the district to enhance the image of our market towns and stimulate business. The grant can cover:

  • front renovation and decoration
  • new signage
  • replacement of historical features, including lighting.

Grants are available for up to a maximum of 40% of the total cost. Grants are allocated on a first come first served basis provided you are eligible. We can't accept applications for work started or completed.

The scheme is run by local parish councils, with the exception of Kendal which is we run. For more information on the scheme please visit the webpage.

Business support

Are you a business looking for finance? Visit our Invest in South Lakeland website.

Search for other grants

To find funding for your project try using the Government’s free funding search engine.

Other grants available

  • Cumbria Community Foundation provides a wealth of information regarding potential sources of grant funding
  • Cumbria County Council provide community grants
  • Every year the Big Lottery fund give out millions of pounds from the National Lottery to good causes, including their Awards for All programme . They fund community groups and projects that improve health, education and the environment. To find the most suitable programme for you search the big lottery funder finder
  • The Arts Council England invests money from government and the National Lottery in arts and culture across England. This funds a wide range of activities – from theatre to digital art, reading to dance, music to literature, crafts to collections; and helps us achieve our mission of ‘Great art and culture for everyone. View the open programmes on the Arts Council website
  • Funding for sporting activities from Sport England
  • The People's Postcode Lottery is a grant giving Trust, awarding funding to good causes that support a better world for people and planet. Postcode Trust website
  • For the Neighbourhood Care Independence small grants programme for community groups apply via Cumbria CVS
  • Walney Extension Community Fund, DONG Energy has committed to a Fund worth approximately £600,000 a year for the lifetime of the wind farm project, with two closing dates each year.
  • Flood grants there are several grant schemes available for anyone affected by the flooding in December 2015, full details are available on the flooding grant page.