Cash available from Cumberland legacy fund

26th January 2015

Cumbria Community Foundation is urging more community groups to apply for funding through the Joyce Wilkinson Trust Fund.

The funding is available to community groups in the former county of Cumberland, especially those in the Rosley and Westward parishes.

Grants are distributed from the fund twice a year and the Foundation is looking for more applications for the next panel in June.

Ellen Clements, Senior Grants and Donor Services Officer at Cumbria Community Foundation said: “We are enormously proud to have been able to carry on Joyce Wilkinson’s legacy since 2008. Many local projects have benefitted from her fund and there is still money to be distributed before the next panel meeting in June.”

SONY DSCThe criteria of the fund encourages groups supporting older people and children and young people to apply and those operating or providing services in or close to the parishes of Rosley and Westward.

Last month £9,480 was awarded to six different community organisations including Wigton Cricket Club, Fell View After School Club, Northern Fells Pre-School Nursery Group and the Ireby Festival.

Charles Devlin, Treasurer of the Ireby Festival said: “The Festival is a not for profit community organisation and the Joyce Wilkinson Trust awarded £1,500 to help offset some of the costs associated with the hire of professional lighting and stage structures, essentials for making the festival professional and enjoyable for the community.

Applying to the Foundation for a grant is straight forward and staff are always looking to help organisations with their applications.

The deadline for applications to the Joyce Wilkinson Charitable Fund is Wednesday 27th May. For more information about how to apply contact Ellen Clements by phone 01900 825760 or by email