Cumbria Home From Home Fund

Better Tomorrows is a three-year programme encouraging people within Cumbria to become accredited in youth work and substantially increase the number of young people having access to support from youth workers to help them reach their full potential.

Funded by the NHS, the Hospital Discharge Support Fund was set-up in November 2021. Managed by Cumbria Community Foundation, it supported patients leaving hospital through its partnership with local charities to help people regain and maintain their independence at home and in the community once they are discharged from hospital. More than £300,000 was awarded to community partnership projects, including Age UK who supported patients at home over a four-week period.

Dr Jenny Benson speaking at the CLIC Awards. Since 2019, our grants team have worked hard to develop relationships with Cumbria’s health and care sector. We’ve partnered with NHS commissioners and funders to develop innovative grant programmes helping to prevent health problems escalating.

We know how important grassroots organisations are in helping people keep fit and well in their communities, but they are often unable to tender for NHS contracts. By working with NHS, Cumbria County Council and Cumbria CVS partners, we’ve ensured these smaller organisations have access to funding to deliver effective patient centred services, address gaps in provision and add value to existing statutory services.


Cumbria Voices: Carbon Zero in Cumbria and the Lake District. The Cumbria Club in partnership with Cumbria Community Foundation, Armstrong Watson, Rheged and the University of Cumbria hosted this event to promote debate and discussion and to be a catalyst for philanthropy and action.

Cumbria Voices: Aspiration and Excellence organised by the Cumbria Community Foundation’s Cumbria Club, in partnership with Armstrong Watson. 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.

The Launch of Furness: Opportunities and Challenges 2021 Report.

Voices from the Frontline – Exploring the Challenges and Future of Cumbria’s Young People April 2021

Winter Warmth Appeal 2020/21 – School children reading out the words of genuine quotes from older people who have received a inter warmth grant.

Annual Showcase Event Stronger Foundations – Cumbria’s way through the COVID-19 pandemic.

Cumbria Community Foundation launched the Cumbria COVID-19 Response Fund with to support community and voluntary organisations that are helping to feed and protect elderly and vulnerable Cumbrians as part of the county’s coordinated response to the pandemic. The need is great and growing. Charities are at the forefront of supporting people at this desperate time. The money given out so far has kept people safe but what has been raised will soon run out. Some of the most important charities are themselves facing financial problems and without support, they may have to close.

Hear our Chief Executive Officer, Andy Beeforth, and Rachel Holliday from Cumbrian charity Time to Change explain the impact of Covid-19 on vulnerable people in Cumbria and how everyone – businesses, individuals, and professional advisers – can help to address those needs by directly donating to our Covid-19 Response Fund, or including the foundation in their financial and legacy planning.

Panel discussion on the impact of COVID-19 in Cumbria. Hear about the remarkable community response. Cumbria Community Foundation share how it has distributed £1 million in grants to people working in organisations on the frontline. Hear from Assistant Chief Constable Andy Slattery who chairs the Cumbria Covid-19 Strategic Coordination Group, and three groups who have benefited from a grant from the Foundation’s Cumbria COVID 19 Response Fund: Martyn Telford, Chief Officer of Allerdale’s Citizen’s Advice Bureau; Veronica Waller, Project Manager at The Farmer Network; and Hugh Tomlinson Chief Executive of Age UK South Lakeland.

We celebrated our 20th anniversary in 2019. We have titled the year ‘Giving Back, Looking Forward’. We hope to encourage lots of new conversations about the issues in our community and philanthropic solutions. 20th Anniversary Video – Full version

We are all very fortunate to live in and be part of this magnificent county. We have much to celebrate, however, life is far from easy for many people. Within our outwardly appearing comfortable county, too many people are facing real poverty and disadvantage. This video follows on from our Cumbria Revealed report, which sets out the key issues in our communities and provides an evidence base to tackle poverty and disadvantage, and to guide philanthropy in the coming years.

Cumbria Community Foundation provides a variety of charitable funds and gift options to help you achieve your vision for a stronger, more vibrant community. We provide the tools to help you protect, grow and direct your charitable giving and make a difference in your community. Find out more:

Carlisle based industrial supplies company Thomas Graham and Sons established a long term fund in 2008. The fund provides support for young people and sport, predominantly in the Carlisle area.

Westmorland Limited has two endowed funds, established in 2009 and 2012. Both funds support community projects operating or providing services in the travel to work area for Westmorland Limited.

Charles and Margaret Woodhouse created the Quarry Hill Fund in 2008. Charles is a former partner in London law firm Farrer & Co where he helped form many charities, including Essex Community Foundation. He has been a trustee of many grant making charities over the past 35 years, including the Mulberry Trust. He is a passionate advocate for the role of sport in developing the potential and confidence of young people.

Peter Hensman, alongside his wife Claire, Lord-Lieutenant of Cumbria and President of the Foundation, set up the Hensman Acorn Fund in 2008. The return on the invested income contributes to the Foundation Grants Fund annually.

Susan’s Farm in Houghton, Carlisle, offers educational placements and skills training in land based qualifications. The social enterprise has been supported by Cumbria Community Foundation to enable vulnerable young adults to undertake an NVQ Level 1 in Agriculture.

Tara Vallente, who provides external PR support, spoke at a TEDx event in September 2016 about the devastating effect of Storm Desmond, which struck the county in December 2015. She talks about how people who care about a cause that matters come together and commit random acts of kindness.

Watch Chief Executive, Andy Beeforth’s Ted Talk ‘Changing Our World One Step at a Time’ from TEDx Whitehaven in March 2015. Andy draws on his extensive experience of working with Cumbria’s diverse communities.

Hundreds of older people in Cumbria are in danger of becoming or ill or even dying because of the cold. Since 2010 we have run the Winter Warmth Appeal that has literally saved lives. An average of 300 deaths occur in Cumbria each year due to the effects of cold weather.

Placed Based Services (previously Neighbourhood Care Independence Programme) was delivered by Cumbria Community Foundation between 2012 and 2017 on behalf of Cumbria County Council to support Cumbria’s large and growing population of older people and vulnerable adults.

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