20 grant stories to celebrate

As part of our 20th anniversary celebrations, during 2019, we will be revisiting 20 organisations who have received grants from the funds we administer.

Botcherby Community Centre

It’s been described as a ‘lifeline’ for people living in one of the poorest parts of Carlisle.  Learn how more than £69,000 worth of grants has helped it become a hub of the community after devastating floods in 2005 and again in 2016.

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Gateway 4 Women 

A group of women whose lives have been transformed by learning the art of manicures and pedicures are now lifting other women out of despair.  More than £52,000 in grants has helped support Gateway 4 Women, a subsidiary of Cumbria Gateway. Gateway 4 Women is a women’s only centre, providing vital services that were not already available in north Cumbria.

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Northern Fells Group

Described by one member as “The Great Escape”, Caldbeck’s heart-warming community project “Men in Sheds” provides a perfect social haven for men to share their love of woodwork and a bit of a ‘craic’.

The vast number of projects, managed by Northern Fells Group, has received more than £145,000 in grants since 2004.

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Home to Work

A project designed to get people out of unemployment and back into work has led to one young woman launching her own business.

Thanks to almost £100,000 in grant funding, the Skills 4 You project, run by Home to Work  in Cleator Moor has boosted confidence and given hundreds of people skills to make positive changes and get them back into employment.

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Safety Net 

Safety Net received its first grant, managed by the Foundation in 2005 and has received more than £183,000 in total.

Lesley Storey, Chief Executive of Safety Net explains how £4,000 to run an innovative equine therapy project has helped victims of sexual abuse and domestic violence to work through issues around trust, self-belief and relationships and help rebuild their lives.

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Ford Park 

Ford Park Community Group in Ulverston provides inclusive volunteering opportunities supporting a range of people from across South Lakeland and the Furness Peninsula. More than £57,000 worth of grants have been awarded since 2006.

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Cumbria Deaf Association

When your world is silent, or sounds are muffled, it’s easy to become isolated and introverted. Cumbria Deaf Association has worked tirelessly for 125 years to help people who are hearing impaired to live a full life. The charity has received more than £93,000 since 2006.

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Growing Well 

Mental health is often not talked about because people find it difficult. One charity in Kendal uses gardening to help people overcome anxiety and depression. Growing Well was set up in 2004 on an organic farm on the outskirts of Kendal. Since 2012, it has received more than £58,000 in grants to support vulnerable people across the county.

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