Shortlisted for National Award

11th May 2017

Cumbria Community Foundation has been shortlisted for the ‘Grantmaking and Funding’ accolade in The Charity Awards 2017.

The Charity Awards is the charity world’s most prestigious excellence recognition programme and Cumbria Community Foundation has been shortlisted for the Cumbria Flood Recovery Fund.

The Cumbria Flood Recovery Fund was launched immediately following Storm Desmond’s destruction on 5th December 2015, which caused significant damage and disruption to more than 6,000 households and businesses across tight knit rural communities and larger towns and cities.

More than 3,000 households have been supported to date. Dr Jenny Benson, Flood Fund Manager at Cumbria Community Foundation, said: “We are delighted to have been shortlisted in the Grantmaking and Funding category. It recognises the devastating impact of the December 2015 floods on thousands of people across the county and the generosity of our many donors who helped to raise an incredible £10.3m. It is as a result of this outstanding support that we have been able to provide grants to thousands of flood affected households and 180 community groups across the county.”

The Charity Awards, is the charity world’s longest-running, biggest and best-known awards ceremony. This year’s charities have been judged by an independent panel of charity leaders as having demonstrated outstanding best practice which other organisations can learn from.

The winner of the Grantmaking and Funding Award and the other nine category winners, plus the recipients of the Overall Award for Excellence and the Outstanding Achievement Award will be announced at a black-tie dinner on 8 June, held in the grounds of the Tower of London.

The evening will be hosted by BBC presenter Louise Minchin, who will be joined by representatives of the shortlisted charities, as well as leaders from Britain’s best known and best loved charities.

Julian Chislett, Chief Executive of Civil Society Media, which organises the Charity Awards, congratulated all the shortlisted charities on making the highly-coveted shortlist. He said: “The standard of entries this year was incredible, and the charities we shortlist remain a constant inspiration to all of us. Our rigorous judging process singles out those charities with the most innovative ideas and the most inspirational approaches to delivering maximum impact.”

To find out more about the Cumbria Flood Recovery Fund, or to make an application, click here and complete an online application form. Alternatively, you can call the Foundation on 01900 825760 or email