The Border Fund

Grants to support disadvantaged individuals and groups in Cumbria. Priority will be given to those in the rural areas northeast of Carlisle, including north and east of Longtown, and through to Gilsland and Newbiggin, but the funding will cover the whole of Cumbria.


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

Priority will be given to projects that:
• increase personal skills
• increase independence
• support individuals and communities in rural areas
• support groups helping people to build long-term skills
• support disadvantaged individuals over the age of 25 who wish to change career
• support mental health

Examples of projects the donor would like to support:
• groups supporting adults with homelessness, hearing loss, domestic violence, or other significant life events
• groups providing training to build skills and confidence to disadvantaged adults over the age of 25
• mature students seeking a career change or wishing to undertake a professional qualification or work-based education
• hardship costs which enable the completion of studies or a course

What the Fund will not support in addition to our normal exclusions:
• core costs
• gap-year funding
• Construction Industry Training Board or other role-specific professional qualifications

How much can you apply for?
Grants will normally be between £500 – £2,000; however, there is no minimum or maximum award amount. Please contact Ellen Clements if you would like to apply for a larger grant.

If you would like further information about this fund please contact:
Ellen Clements on 01900 825760 or email