Cumbria COVID-19 Response Fund: The First Six Months

Coronavirus was confirmed in Cumbria on 3rd March and the identification of that first case marked the start of a crisis for local communities unlike any in living memory. Its reach across all sectors and into everyone’s lives has been unprecedented, and although the initial emergency phase of the pandemic can be considered to have ended, the virus remains a present threat and many challenges lie ahead, not least with the emergence of further lockdown restrictions.

Between March and September 2020, our Cumbria COVID-19 Response Fund raised more than £1.7m. More than £1m had been spent from the fund, plus another £364,000 from re-purposed funds. More than 58,000 people had been helped.

In our six month Cumbria COVID-19 Response Fund impact report, we give an insight into the lockdown period in Cumbria, outline our work and priorities for the next 12 months and tell the stories of some of the groups that received funding and how it helped them.