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Grant funding for organisations

Applications for grant funding

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.

Community organisations

This grant is going to be administered by The Gateway Group starting 2017/18.

We will update the website as more information becomes available.

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

Business support

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

Grant guidance and training

Cumbria CVS offer funding advice and support, opporunities to meet funders, and advice and training on funding.

For more information you can visit their website here.

Other grants available

  • To find funding for your project try using Funding Central which is a search engine for voluntary community organisations. For more information visit the website
  • 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.
  • For Parish and Town Councils a future source of funding could be Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) which you can read more about on the CIL webpage.