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Help us develop our new five-year strategy!

We’re excited to announce that our online survey has gone live.

Click here to take part and help us develop our new five-year strategy

It is vital we understand your views and feedback on challenges facing Cumbria and how the Foundation can best respond to them and grow our grant making funds. Your feedback is warmly welcomed and will help us develop a new strategy based on what we hear during the listening exercise. We’ve appointed an independent organisation, Stand to help us do this.

Background

In 2017, the Foundation created a five-year business plan which was informed by the findings of our Cumbria Revealed Community Needs Report.

The plan contained ambitious targets to double endowment funds from £15M to £30M and to raise base grant making from £1.4M per annum to £2.8M per annum.

At the end of March 2022, the Foundation’s endowment was £27.5M and grant making in 2021/22 was £4.4M with the Foundation managing over 100 active grant making funds.

In addition, the Foundation has made more multi-year awards to groups (48 in 21/22 in comparison with 12 in 17/18), more grants for core organisational costs and larger awards (average grant size in 21/22 was £10,351 in comparison with £4,357 in 17/18).

Now it’s time to refresh our strategy and we want to make sure we are responding to what our stakeholders think is important, so please help us by completing the online survey, which will be open until 9th August.

Thank you in advance for taking the time to help shape the future work of the Foundation.

Young West Cumbrians called to join youth panel

Cumbria Community Foundation is looking for young people living in West Cumbria aged between 16-25 who are passionate about their community and making a difference, to join the 2022 #CanDo Youth Advisory Panel.

#CanDo encourages community organisations to apply for funding for community projects, led by young people. Those applications are then considered by a youth committee, putting the decisions firmly in the hands of the next generation. The committee have their say in which projects they feel will make a difference in their communities and should be supported.

This is the third round of recruitment for the youth advisory committee, which is made up of young people with a wide range of lived experiences and who are from different backgrounds and forms a crucial part of the Foundation’s grant making and helps steer its charitable work in a more youth-led direction.

Amie Todhunter, 22 from Whitehaven, said: The #CanDo youth committee is a great way to socialise and meet new people while also helping to fund important and necessary youth-led social action in West Cumbria. Meeting people with the same attitude and mindset has been really important as we’ve all come together from different areas and backgrounds to discuss significant ways to help groups create their own changes in their area.”

Toni-Anne Wardle, 19 from Whitehaven, said: “I have really enjoyed being on the #CanDo committee. It has strengthened my confidence and communication skills, I have learned the real value of funding and helping young people and organisations with their work.”

Over the past two years, the youth committee has awarded £98,128 in funding to 22 youth-led projects in West Cumbria, including Community Alcohol Partnership’s, Young Health Champions programme. This supported young people to achieve a Level 2 qualification which aims to give them the skills, knowledge, and confidence to act as peer mentors to help young people to improve their health and wellbeing and understand unhealthy behaviours like alcohol misuse.

Funded by Sellafield Ltd as part of their SiX – Social Impact Multiplied programme, with match funding from Thomas Graham & Sons and local donors, #CanDo is part of Transforming West Cumbria, a multi-year social investment programme developed by Cumbria Community Foundation.

Stuart McCourt, Education, Community and Development Lead at Sellafield, said: “The #CanDo programme enables young people across West Cumbria to turn their ideas into reality and make a real difference in their communities. It is a programme where young peoples voices are heard and all the decisions are made by their peers.”

Annalee Holliday, Senior Grants & Programmes Officer at Cumbria Community Foundation, said: “We are very excited to be offering this opportunity again to young people in West Cumbria. The #CanDo Youth Advisory Committee was launched in 2020 and has been very successful. We believe that young people should be heard and have their views valued and acted upon. Young people have enormous potential to make a positive change – their involvement is crucial to the future of our communities. The young people on the panel bring expertise and a fresh pair of eyes to help us decide which projects are funded.”

Applications to join the #CanDo Youth Advisory Committee are open now and will close on Friday 14th October, 5pm.

For more information please download the #CANDO information pack

To apply please complete the #CanDo Youth Advisory Committee Application Form.

For more information or to apply visit, www.cumbriafoundation.org/transforming-west-cumbria/cando or call Annalee Holliday on 01900 820827 or email annalee@cumbriafoundation.org

Funding available for individuals and community projects in Borders area

Charitable community groups and individuals in the Borders area are being encouraged to apply for financial support from a wind farm supported community benefit fund.

The Beck Burn Wind Farm Community Fund and Beck Burn Wind Farm Community Fund Educational Bursaries was established by EDF Energy Renewables in 2017. The company donates in excess of £170,00 each year into the funds, which are managed by Cumbria Community Foundation.

Projects and individuals in the Cumbrian Parishes of Rockcliffe, Westlinton, Arthuret and Kirkandrews on Esk, along with the Scottish Community Councils of Springfield & Gretna Green, Gretna & Rigg, Kirkpatrick Fleming & District, and Canonbie & District are eligible to apply for funding.

At a recent grants panel, eight individuals over the age of 16 were awarded a share of £7,540 to support education and training to help them develop their skills and employability.

Three community grants were awarded grants to improve a community play area, provide gardening equipment at a primary school and install three community defibrillators.

In recent years, Springfield & Gretna Green Community Asset Trust have embarked on enhancing the facilities available at Springfield Playing Field.

The group received £8,000 to install new play equipment, including trampolines, a carousel/roundabout, a basket swing, and an accessible gate.

Mike Phillips, Chairperson at Springfield & Gretna Green Community Asset Trust, said: “We are delighted to have received this grant which will allow us to continue our work in developing the playing field to benefit all age groups within our community.

“In previous years we have added amenities for other groups, but we are aware that the children’s play area has not received any upgrade since 1970.

“The grant will enable us to purchase three new items of equipment and we are confident children will enjoy these for many years to come.”

Kirkpatrick Fleming, Hollee and Irvington will benefit from three defibrillators thanks to a grant of £14,134. The installation of the defibrillators will mean that in the event of an emergency, people will be able to collect this life saving equipment quicker than having to travel to the existing one located at the Kirkpatrick Fleming Village Hall.

Gretna Primary School PTA received £5,000 and will use it to provide additional opportunities for children and families at Gretna Primary School to have access to a nurturing garden area to promote wellbeing, to experience gardening projects and to have the chance to be involved in growing and cooking fresh produce.

The fund is intended to support a wide range of activities with awards to community and voluntary organisations and projects which are community based or community led. Activities can include supporting biodiversity and habitat conservation, energy efficiency and sustainability, sports and recreation, health and wellbeing, children, young people and older people, culture and heritage.

The deadline for the next round of applications is 17th June 2022.

Lisa Blackwell, Grants & Programmes Officer at Cumbria Community Foundation, said: “This fund provides a valuable, long-term, sustainable and reliable source of income for the local communities. Since the funds were established, £895,000 has been invested into the community. The support from EDF Energy Renewables provides assistance to groups in the area that are helping to meet the priority needs of their community.

“It is flexible funding that can address what is really important to communities and we’re delighted to administer this funding which has been making a difference to the communities.”

For more information or to apply visit, http://www.cumbriafoundation.org or call Lisa Blackwell, Grants Officer on 01900 820827 or email Lisa@cumbriafoundation.org

Charities in West Cumbria supported via Bedrock Awards

Eight charitable groups in West Cumbria are planning for a sustainable future thanks to £880,000 of grant funding.

The money was awarded from the Bedrock Awards programme, part of Transforming West Cumbria, which was developed by Cumbria Community Foundation and funded by Sellafield Ltd, to build the resilience, capabilities and financial sustainability of charities and community organisations in West Cumbria.

Unlike a traditional grant, which would support “business as usual” or a new project, the Bedrock Awards is a two-stage programme that helps community groups plan for sustainability, development, and growth via a thorough analysis of opportunities for improvement.

The first round of awards has benefited critical organisations: Age UK West Cumbria, Cumbria Youth Alliance, Cumbria Alcohol and Drug Advisory Service, Copeland Citizens Advice, Hospice at Home West Cumbria, Howgill Family Centre, Phoenix Enterprise Centre and Together We CIC.

Bedrock Awards enables organisations to explore new ways of working, including income generation, use of digital, collaboration, sharing resources and better management of community assets/premises while improving governance, building capacity and future proofing the organisation, through staff development, expert volunteer recruitment and clear succession planning.

One awardee said: “The Stage 1 Bedrock Award grant enabled us to increase staffing levels so we could commit time to the programme. It provided a breathing space that allowed us to fully commit to the process. However, grant or no grant, I would have taken part in the programme as I recognised the benefits of it. The grant just made it easier.”

Another commented: “The Stage 1 Bedrock Award process really helped bring the whole team on the transformational journey we are undertaking. We now have a much better understanding of the need to change, why and how.”

Sellafield Ltd understands the importance of organisational resilience and that often change is required at organisational level before resilience measures can be implemented or even engaged with. That’s why, further investment has been provided from the company’s social impact multiplied programme to run a second round of Bedrock Awards.

Tracey West, Social Impact Manager at Sellafield Ltd said: “The success from the first round of Bedrock has highlighted the need and the difference the project is making. The staged approach should help organisations to plan for the future and be more resilient so they can continue to offer the services that are so well received in our communities.

Bedrock Awards is delivered by Cumbria Community Foundation, in partnership with Cumbria Social Enterprise Partnership (CSEP) and its partner Social Enterprise Acumen CIC (SEA).

Jenny Benson, Director of Programmes & Partnerships at the Foundation, said: “SEA has worked with each awardee and bespoke strategies have been created. This has enabled the release of funding to help them plan-ahead and provide opportunities to invest in their business development. The funding is intended to deliver long-term benefit to each organisation, resulting in an increased ability to help a greater number of people more effectively and a more resilient organisation.

The Bedrock Awards programme is now open for a second round of funding. Stage 1 applications should be submitted by 5pm, Thursday 5th May 2022. Click here for more information.

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Grants available for community art projects

Artistic projects in parts of Cumbria are being encouraged to apply for funding to help rejuvenate the arts sector after lockdown.

The Westmorland Arts Trust, managed by Cumbria Community Foundation, supports charitable projects that benefit residents in the former county of Westmorland, giving them access to the highest quality music, drama and the visual arts.

Grants of up to £2,000 are available to offer creative and cultural activities for people, particularly young adults and children, in the former county of Westmorland.

Funding will cover the costs of organising events, including volunteer expenses, artist fees and marketing costs and promotion. The fund is open to voluntary and community organisations that have charitable aims and have professional input.

Last year, Lake District Summer Music received £1,000 to support its summer festival in venues across Cumbria including Kendal, Ambleside, Hawkshead, Grange-over-Sands, Bowness, Windermere and Kirkby Lonsdale.

Nick Hardisty, Festival Manager, said: “After so many months of enforced isolation, people really needed something to lift their spirits and help them reconnect with the community.

“To bring music back and see the smiling faces from our audience, it was clear how much it meant to everyone to experience live performances again. It was a year full of uncertainty and we could not have done it without the support of Westmorland Arts Trust.”

Previous grant recipients include Bendrigg Trust in Kendal, one of the few specialist outdoor centres in the UK working specifically with disabled and disadvantaged people. It received £1,628 to run its Arty Pants project and give disabled youngsters the chance to experience the arts, find hidden talents and develop creative skills.

The Westmorland Arts Trust was set up in 1996 by the provisions in the will of Dr Elizabeth Kemp, for the purpose of the education of the public in the arts of music, drama and the visual arts. In 2012, it was transferred to the Community Foundation.

Ellen Clements, Senior Grants & Programmes Officer at the Foundation, said: “Since 2012, almost £100,000 has benefited communities in the local area, supporting over 70 projects. These include festivals, music groups and arts activities, helping to strengthen cultural involvement and opportunities in the area.”

For more information or to apply click here or call Ellen Clements on 01900 820827 or email ellen@cumbriafoundation.org

West Cumbrian business sets up fund to support Cumbrian causes

West Cumbria based business vows to give back to its local community through Cumbria Community Foundation.

MissionCX is a purpose driven company based in Whitehaven. It provides specialist commissioning services delivering mission critical projects in the UK and France. Its team of staff are dedicated to supporting charitable projects across the region and recently set up the MissionCX Fund.

The fund, managed by Cumbria Community Foundation, raises money, which is invested, and income generated is given out in grants via the Cumbria Fund. Donations are pooled together to grow the unrestricted fund and respond to the growing needs of local communities by providing much-needed funding, year on year, to charitable organisations.

Ben Slater, Managing Director & Senior Management Consultant, said: “We are committed to leaving a lasting, positive legacy for our local community, through our 1% pledge initiative, which commits 1% of our profits, equity, time and product to philanthropic endeavours. Cumbria Community Foundation will manage our fund ensuring that our annual contributions are distributed to those in our community that need it most. It is our intent to grow our acorn into an oak tree, maximising our social impact.”

The MissionCX Fund is part of the Cumbria Fund, which has supported awarded more than £1.4 million in grants to 500 projects that improve the lives of disadvantaged children and families, improve life skills, education, employability and enterprise for disadvantaged people, support vulnerable older people, improve the health and wellbeing of people and strengthen and supports fragile communities.

Andy Beeforth, CEO at Cumbria Community Foundation, said: “The creation of a fund is an enjoyable and rewarding experience. We work with our fundholders to learn about their needs and wishes and create funds that match their interests and need in the community.

“By utilising the knowledge and expertise of our staff, trustees and volunteers, grants are channelled to the best effect giving donors a great sense of satisfaction and confidence.”

For more information on how you can help local causes by setting up your own fund please click  here.

Brewin Dolphin

This year, Brewin Dolphin will support James Golding who will attempt to beat the World Record for the number of kilometres cycled in 7 days. James plans to cycle 4000km and each of Brewin Dolphin’s offices will be taking part in their own distance challenges to raise money for their chosen charity.

Brewin Dolphin have an extensive history of supporting many charities through its local offices and Cumbria Community Foundation. The Penrith team were challenged to see how many miles they could accrue by walking, running, cycling, swimming between 21st June – 28th June 2021, to raise funds for Cumbria Community Foundation. The team raised £500 which has been matched by Brewin Dolphin Foundation Fund totalling £1,060 (with gift aid) for Cumbria Community Foundation.

Andrew Eze BA(Hons) MA FCSI, Divisional Director – Head of Office Penrith, Brewi

n Dolphin Ltd said: “The team at Brewin Dolphin in Penrith are very proud to help raise funds. In the aftermath of COVID-19, the targeted help provided by Cumbria Community Foundation has never been needed more. The seven day challenge has been a great reason to get out and enjoy the beautiful surroundings of the Lake District. Much more importantly, it has allowed Brewin Dolphin to raise funds for Cumbria Community foundation and the very valuable work it does in helping so many good causes in our county.” 

Cumbria Voices: Aspiration and Excellence World class business in Cumbria

INVITATION: Cumbria Voices: Aspiration and Excellence World class business in Cumbria, 15th July 6-7pm.

We would like to invite you to the first of a new series of Cumbria Voices events organised by the Community Foundation’s Cumbria Club, in partnership with Armstrong Watson.

Aspiration and Excellence: World class business in Cumbria which will take place online on Thursday 15 July from 6 to 7pm.

Cumbria may be best known for its stunning lakes and mountains, but it is also home to a number of world class businesses working across a number of sectors. We are delighted to bring together some of the leading figures from Cumbria’s business world to explore the themes of aspiration and excellence.

Join us online from the comfort of your own home or office to hear from:

  • Martin Rayner: Director of Lakeland Ltd – Cumbria’s very own retail royalty supplying kitchen products that can be found in virtually every home in the UK.
  • Matt Mellor: Managing Director of Createc – an intellectual property and technology business perhaps best known for developing technology to support efforts in containing the destroyed nuclear reactor at Fukushima.
  • Phil Wild:  CEO of James Cropper – makers of quality paper (including poppies for the Poppy Appeal) and also a leading-edge technology business operating in the aerospace and motor sectors.
  • Jo Lappin: Chief Executive of Cumbria’s Local Enterprise Partnership.

We will also learn about the vital work of Oaklea Trust supporting people into employment. Sue Green: Director of the Oaklea Trust, speaking on behalf of Right2Work.

To attend this event please click here

The Cumbria Club has been created for those living in or out of the county who have a passion for Cumbria. To find out more click on Cumbria Club

 

 

 

 

Young West Cumbrians called to join youth panel

Cumbria Community Foundation is looking for young people living in West Cumbria aged between 16-25 who are passionate about their community and making a difference, to join the 2021 #CanDo Youth Advisory Panel.

#CanDo encourages community organisations to apply for funding for community projects, led by young people. Those applications are then considered by a youth panel, putting the decisions firmly in the hands of the next generation.

The Youth Advisory Panel will be made up of up to 15 young people with a wide range of lived experiences and a diversity of backgrounds and will form a crucial part of the Foundation’s grantmaking and steer its charitable work in a more youth-led direction.

Funded by Sellafield Ltd, with match funding from Thomas Graham & Sons and local donors, #CanDo is part of Transforming West Cumbria, a multi-year social investment programme developed by Cumbria Community Foundation.

People who take part will have the opportunity to meet other young people and get a unique view into the charity sector. The panel is expected to meet up to four times a year and will be held virtually with an in-person meeting if possible, with pandemic restrictions.

Emily Dixon, 16, from Cleator Moor who was part of the panel last year, said: “The panel was a great experience to be a part of. It was nice to be able to speak to people and share ideas even with the current circumstances. Everyone was really willing to get involved and all the ideas were very different.”

Gary McKeating, Head of Community and Development at Sellafield Ltd, said: “This is a great opportunity for young people to get involved and be empowered to make a difference in their communities, I would encourage people to apply, you will also develop new skills and meet new people along the way.”

Annalee Holliday, Senior Grants & Programmes Officer at Cumbria Community Foundation, said: “Young people have enormous potential to make a positive change – their involvement is crucial to the future of our communities. This group will bring expertise and a fresh pair of eyes to help us decide which projects are funded.”

Applications for the #CanDo Youth Advisory Panel will close on Friday 9th July, 5pm.

The first meeting will take place on Tuesday 27th July and will be held virtually.

Click here to download the #CanDo Information Pack.

Click here to download the CanDo Youth Advisory Panel Application Form.

For more information or to apply, click here or call Annalee Holliday on 01900 820827 or email annalee@cumbriafoundation.org

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