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‘Levelling up’ funding available in Cumberland

Funding is available for charitable community organisations and social enterprises, as part of the Government’s ‘levelling up’ programme, which aims to address geographical inequalities across the UK.

Cumbria Community Foundation is managing four UK Shared Prosperity Funds (UKSPF) and three Rural England Prosperity Funds (REPF) on behalf of Cumberland Council, with the aim of providing business support and encouraging local people into employment.

Grants of up to £25,000 are available for projects which promote volunteering and wellbeing activities, improve the digital skills of those furthest from the labour market, and create and support businesses with a social purpose.

A mix of revenue and capital grants are available through seven schemes:

UKSPF E26 – Revenue funding to grow the local social economy (up to £15,000)
To create and support businesses with a social purpose.

UKSPF E30 – Revenue funding for business support (up to £15,000)
To drive employment growth, particularly in areas of higher unemployment.

UKSPF E35 – Revenue support for volunteer and wellbeing activities (up to £20,000)
Supporting people furthest from the labour market to overcome barriers to work by providing volunteering and enrichment activities to improve opportunities and promote wellbeing.

UKSPF E36 – Revenue funding to support digital inclusion (up to £25,000)
To improve the digital skills of people furthest from the labour market.

REPF 1.2 – Capital grant funding for growing the local social economy and supporting innovation (up to £20,000)
To support all stages of community business including start-ups.

REPF 2.7 – Capital funding for rural circular economy projects (up to £15,000)
To boost the rural circular economy by reducing waste, promoting reuse and recycling, and fostering innovation and creativity.

REPF 2.8 – Capital funding to support rural volunteering facilities (up to £13,500)
To enable the development of volunteering and social action projects.

REPF is focussed on rural areas and therefore excludes the Carlisle City area.

UKSPF 26, REPF 1.2 and REPF 2.7 are open to community-based organisations and social enterprises that are working with Cumbria Social Enterprise Partnership, who will help develop the investment case and funding application.

More than £450,000 has already been awarded to organisations in Cumbria in previous rounds of UKSPF and REPF funding via Cumbria Community Foundation. The aim of the funding is to spread a culture of enterprise, create local jobs and boost community cohesion by providing a range of support for new and existing businesses, alongside fostering a sense of local pride, and belonging.

Darren Crossley, Cumberland Council’s Director of Place Sustainable Growth and Transport, said: “We would like to thank partners for their support and look forward to seeing more businesses and organisations benefitting from these funding schemes.”

The funding can be used to cover project running costs, staff salaries, equipment costs and capital costs (REPF only).

Annalee Holiday, Head of Grants Practice & Programmes at the Foundation, said: “These funds have already helped many local people into employment – whether it’s their first job, returning to the world of work or gaining skills through volunteering.

“This latest round of funding offers another fantastic opportunity to inspire, encourage and nurture both new and existing entrepreneurs across Cumberland and I would urge people to apply.”

The closing date for applications is 10am on Monday 24 June 2023. If funding is available after this first round of applications, a further funding round will be confirmed.

To find out more or to apply, visit: https://www.cumbriafoundation.org/fund/uk-shared-prosperity-fund-rural-england-prosperity-fund or https://www.cumbriafoundation.org/fund/uk-shared-prosperity-fund-e26-rural-england-prosperity-fund-1-2-2-7/ or contact Cumbria Community Foundation on grants@cumbriafoundation.org or 01900 825760.

If you are a social enterprise that wants to apply, you can contact Cumbria Social Enterprise Partnership for advice and assistance – email info@secumbria.org.uk.

Financial support for families in need

West Cumbrian families in financial hardship can apply to a new fund for up to £1,000 towards their everyday living costs.

The Family Support Fund was set up thanks to funding from Sellafield Ltd as part of its Social impact multiplied (SiX) programme, administered by Cumbria Community Foundation.

The aim of the fund is to provide financial support to vulnerable families in most need with the cost of essentials.

Grants of £150 per person, up to £1,000 per household, are available to families in need living in the former districts of Allerdale and Copeland, either raising a child under 16 or a young person up to the age of 25 with a long-term disability, disabling condition or life-limiting illness.

Families in need, distress or financial hardship who have exhausted all other sources of funding can apply for a grant to help with basic washing, cooking, sleeping and clothing needs, or towards accommodation costs and wider household essentials.

Anyone who wishes to apply should contact one of the following organisations:

  • Always Another Way: Lyn Cavaghan, lyn@alwaysanotherway.co.uk 07597 700249
  • Cumbria Addictions, Advice and Solutions (CADAS): Angie Milfull, angiem@cadas.co.uk, 07565 206479
  • Howgill Family Centre: Christine Davey, christine.davey@howgill-centre.co.uk 01946 817900
  • Together We CIC: Sam Joughin, sam@togetherwe.uk 0808 196 1773
  • West Cumbria Domestic Violence: Hope Vallely hope@freedom-project-west-cumbria.org.uk 07483 359784

Tracey West, Senior Social Impact Manager at Sellafield, said: “One of our social impact priorities is to support families and to help alleviate hardship. Although we tend to work on projects that are designed for sustained impact over the longer term, sometimes we need to do things to address the current situation when people are struggling.”

Annalee Holliday, Head of Grants Practice & Programmes at Cumbria Community Foundation, said: “Week after week we hear stories of families across West Cumbria who are struggling to feed and clothe their children or pay their household bills. This funding will be a very welcome lifeline for many who are having a really hard time right now.”

For more information visit: www.cumbriafoundation.org/fund/family-support-fund.

Cumbrian businesses under starters orders for challenge

A group of women on a race track running in a line towards the cameraDozens of businesses across Cumbria are ready to embark on an unusual fundraising campaign – the Virtual Coast to Coast Corporate Challenge.

Businesses across the county have signed up to take part in the challenge, organised by Cumbria Community Foundation, which begins on Monday 20 May to raise money for local good causes.

Instead of walking Alfred Wainwright’s famous route from St Bees Head to Robin Hood’s Bay in Yorkshire, they will complete the 171 miles in their home, office or gym by walking, running, swimming, static exercise bike, rowing machine or any other form of exercise where you move to record mileage.

To show how it is done – and to encourage more businesses to take part – Foundation employees headed for the test track at M-Sport, Dovenby Hall, equipped with a rowing machine and exercise bike.

Dr Jenny Benson, director of programmes and partnerships at theA group of women on a race track, one on a rowing machine, one on an exercise bike, the others cheering them on Foundation, said: “Doing the challenge virtually means everybody can take part.

“You don’t need to book a fortnight off work and battle with the elements from St Bees to Robin Hood’s Bay – you can clock up the miles in your lunchbreak, taking the dog for a walk, or even in front of the TV if you have an exercise bike or rowing machine.

“Having six weeks to complete the challenge makes it much more inclusive. You can take your time and fit it in around your everyday life.”

Cumbria Community Foundation staff are themselves attempting the challenge. They plan to walk together during their lunch break and after work.

Jackie Blacklock, development assistant, said: “Working for the Foundation, I get to hear about all the amazing projects and community groups that we fund and I thought this was a great way for me to give something back.”

Businesses participating include WCF, Armstrong Watson and the Centre for Leadership Performance in Cockermouth.

Rhianna Smith, project lead at the Centre for Leadership Performance, came to the launch event at M-Sport.

She said: “To be honest I’m not very prepared. But I walk my dog every day and she’ll be delighted she gets a few longer walks.

“It’s incredible the work that Cumbria Community Foundation does. It supports so many different people, so many different communities. We’re really delighted to support them.”

The Foundation embarked on the Challenge to mark its 25th anniversary. Entrants can sign up at any point but must complete the challenge by July 1.

All the money raised goes to its Cumbria Fund – which supports a wide range of charities and community groups – or to the participants’ corporate fund with the Foundation, if their company has one.

Andy Beeforth, the Foundation’s chief executive, said: “This is a brilliant way for businesses and our corporate supporters to raise money for local causes.

“We also hope it will be a fun way for companies and their staff to join together and give back to their community.”

Businesses can register online at: https://www.cumbriafoundation.org/vc2c

 

 

 

Keep rowing! Only 171 miles to go

The Centre for Leadership Performance team get some training in for the Virtual Coast to Coast challenge
The Centre for Leadership Performance team get some training in for the Virtual Coast to Coast challenge

A team of women have taken their preparations for a charity challenge to Cockermouth high street – and say they are undaunted by the 171 mile Coast to Coast ordeal ahead of them.

Thankfully for Sarah Glass and her colleagues at the Centre for Leadership Performance they won’t have to haul their rowing machine along the route from St Bees to Robin Hood’s Bay.

They are among dozens of intrepid Cumbrian professionals gearing up to tackle a virtual version of the UK’s most iconic long-distance challenges.

Teams from businesses across the county are signing up for the 171-mile Virtual Coast to Coast Corporate Challenge in aid of local good causes. And there’s still time for more Cumbrian businesses to join up.

Those taking part won’t have to walk Alfred Wainwright’s famous route from St Bees Head in Cumbria to Robin Hood’s Bay in Yorkshire.

Instead, they can complete the 171 miles in their home, office or gym by walking, running, swimming, static exercise bike, rowing machine or any other form of exercise where you move to record mileage.

The starting gun will be metaphorically fired on May 20 and the challenge must be completed by July 1.

Cumbria Community Foundation has launched the Challenge to mark its 25th anniversary and raise money for its Cumbria Fund.

Chief executive Andy Beeforth said: “This is a brilliant way for businesses and our corporate supporters to raise money for local causes.

“We also hope it will be a fun way for companies and their staff to join together and give back to their community.”

Organisations to have signed up already include the Centre for Leadership Performance in Cockermouth.

Its executive director, Sarah Glass, said: “We’re delighted to celebrate 25 years of the Cumbria Community Foundation, and the fantastic work they do, by taking part in the Virtual Coast to Coast Challenge.

“Over the years, we have been beneficiaries of some of their grants, enabling us to continue our work promoting lifelong learning and ensuring that better leadership equals better lives for the people of Cumbria.”

Businesses can register online at www.cumbriafoundation.org/vc2c.