Funding Sources

Heritage Lottery

HLF have a number of different grant programmes – Funding for all kinds of heritage projects

Neighbourhood Planning

My Community information about applications – Groups are eligible to apply for total grant funding of up to £9,000 for supporting their Neighbourhood Plan. Additional grant of £6,000 may be available, giving a total of £15,000 in period 2015-18 over three year programme

Heritage in Neighbourhood Plans

Neighbourhood plans provide a good opportunity to develop policies to help conserve heritage, ensure that it remains in productive use, and realise its potential for delivering social and economic benefits and creating and maintaining distinctive and sustainable neighbourhoods. Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) believes that historic buildings are crucial to the development of local economies.

Social Change

Awards for All  – Small Lottery grants of between £300 and £10,000 available

UK Community Foundations – fund small grants as part of Comic Relief’s ‘Building Stronger Communities programme area. Refer to local Community Foundation.

Art & Culture

Arts Council of England – are looking for organisations, artists, events, initiatives and others to apply for our funding

Community Business

Bright Ideas –  grants for community assets and community businesses  will help community groups/organisations get established as a community business (legal fees, registration fees etc.); training; knowledge and skills exchange; reasonable fees incurred in developing your community business idea (community engagement, market research, etc.).

Community Business Fund  – is aimed at existing locally controlled community businesses that need funding for a business development project to make their organisation more sustainable.

Cumbria County Council

Community grants are available from Cumbria County Council for voluntary, not for profit and community groups for community based projects which meet one of the council priorities (2016-2019)

  • To safeguard children and support families and schools so that all children in Cumbria can grow up in a safe environment, and can fulfil their potential.
  • To support older, disabled and vulnerable people to live independent and healthy lives.
  • To enable communities to help shape their local services, promote health and wellbeing and support those in poverty.
  • To provide a safe and well managed highways network, secure infrastructure improvements and support local economic growth.
  • To be a modern and efficient council.
Grants Panels 2016-2017
Cumbria County Council Grants Panel Dates 2016-2017

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