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Funding for community groups

A charitable fund offering financial support to social housing communities across Cumbria has been launched.

The £100,000 fund, set up by Cumbria Housing Partners which includes Housing Associations like SLH, will provide grants of up to £10,000 to community and voluntary organisations running projects aimed at improving people’s employability or education. Activities which provide advice and guidance, support and engage people in their local community, and improve community facilities will also be considered.

Grants of up to £500 are also available to individuals aged 16 or over who wish to undertake work-based education or training to improve their employability.

John Clasper, Chairman of Cumbria Housing Partners, said:

“Cumbria Housing Partners’ has been successful in supporting apprenticeships and community projects in our neighbourhoods, over the last 10 years. Working with a recognised Cumbria based grant making body, such as Cumbria Community Foundation, will mean that our funds can go further and we can do more of this.”

The fund is administered by Cumbria Community Foundation, which connects businesses and individuals with the people that need it most. Projects are often able to secure additional funding from other funds managed by the Foundation.

Andy Beeforth, CEO of Cumbria Community Foundation, said: “The Cumbria Housing Partners Fund aims to bring real, positive change and bring local communities in Cumbria closer together.”

“We are passionate about matching fundholders with the most deserving projects in Cumbria. This fund is particularly important because it will directly improve skills of some of the most disadvantaged people in our community.”

Community projects and individuals can apply for funding from the Cumbria Housing Partners Fund by visiting or by completing the online form or calling 01900 825760.

The closing date for the first round of funding is 19th May.


Cumbria Community Foundation is a charity dedicated to meeting community need by grant aiding community and voluntary organisations in Cumbria. It was launched in 1999 and given out more than £30 million in grant aid. It is an award-winning charity dedicated to improving community life by making grants to local charities. For further information visit:

Cumbria Housing Partners is the only local procurement group for social housing landlords in Cumbria. They help their member landlords save time and money by buying materials and contractors for repair and maintenance work on their homes.