Funding towards a sustainable future

24th October 2017

Communities in West Allerdale can apply for a share of £63,000 to fund environmentally friendly projects.

Set up by energy company E.ON UK and administered by Cumbria Community Foundation, the Robin Rigg West Cumbria Fund provides financial assistance to projects promoting sustainable use of energy and resources, reducing climate change, and supporting nature conservation.

Friends of Siddick Pond received £15,000 earlier this year to make improvements to the nature reserve, located behind Dunmail Park, while encouraging local school children to get involved with their work. Youngsters from Ashfield Junior School in Workington visited the site and have been working in partnership with the Workington Nature Partnership to create display boards for the interior of the bird hide by researching wildlife on the reserve, writing stories and drawing illustrations.

Annalee Holliday, Grants & Donor Services Officer at the Foundation, said: “The fund is of huge benefit to local people, having awarded more than £420,000 to projects addressing environmental needs, while also contributing to reducing the effects of climate change and providing educational opportunities for children and young people.”

The fund is open to charitable organisations in West Allerdale, from Workington to Silloth and inland to Embleton.

Successful groups can expect to receive £1,000 – £15,000 funding. Applications are now open until Friday 15th December 2017. To find out more about the Robin Rigg West Cumbria Fund see our grants page or contact the grants team on 01900 825760.