Community Hardship Fund

The current cost of living crisis driven by abnormal increases in fuel, energy and food costs is forcing more people across our county into relative poverty. Many households who were ‘just about managing’ will be hard hit along with the one in ten households who already fall below the relative poverty threshold.

Grants will be awarded to charitable organisations that support the relief of hardship for people who are experiencing financial struggles which have been caused directly or indirectly by the cost-of-living crisis in Cumbria.

Cumbria County Council

Who can apply?
• charitable, not-for-profit organisations

What will the fund support?
• practical skills such as budgeting and cooking courses
• volunteer costs to sustain a service that supports people in financial hardship e.g., foodbanks, food pantries and hubs
• schemes that help people to meet pressing needs, such as essential household items
• additional staff costs to deliver increased activities or coordinate a service
• kitchen equipment to provide community lunches
• additional activity to support people in financial hardship
• other interventions that support people who are struggling financially that have not been listed may be considered

What the Fund cannot support in addition to our normal exclusions:
• existing activities
• individuals
• organisational core costs and general administration
• food costs with the exception of baby formula and ingredients for cooking courses
• modifications to homes e.g., insulation, boiler repairs

How much can you apply for?
• grants of up to £10,000 will be considered.

Please note:
• the funding, if awarded, must be fully spent by 30th April 2023.

If you would like to know more about this fund please contact:
Annalee Holliday on 01900 825760 or email