Grants and funding

Community grants

The Community Partnerships of Mid-Copeland, South Copeland and Allerdale each have £1m of grant funding available annually as the areas participate in the siting process for a geological disposal facility (GDF).

Allerdale Borough Council is offering grant funding for small projects run by community groups and organisations which support the objectives to support the Council’s approach to resilient communities.

Business grants

The Government's Help To Grow: Digital scheme offers eligible businesses discounts of up to £5,000 off approved digital accounting software.

Businesses can also access specialised advice on how to choose the right digital technologies to boost their growth and productivity.

The Help To Grow: Management Course offers a management training programme, with 90% of the costs subsidised.

Farming and landscaping grants

DEFRA's Farming Investment Fund is available to farmers, foresters and growers, and is split across two strands:

- the Farming Equipment and Technology Fund, which focuses on smaller grants for equipment from a set-list, including electronic seeders and chemical-free disinfectant
- the Farming Transformation Fund, for more substantial technology with the potential to transform business performance, with an initial focus on water management.

Both are currently closed for applications.

DEFRA's Landscape Recovery Scheme provides funding to landowners or land managers who want to take a large-scale and long-term approach to producing environmental and climate outcomes through land use change and habitat and ecosystem restoration. The deadline for applications is May 24, 2022.

DEFRA's Farming in Protected Landscapes programme provides funding to support and improve Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and National Parks.

DEFRA's Countryside Stewardship scheme provides a chance for more farmers and land managers to prepare for the future and receive payment for environmental work, alongside sustainable food production. There are various grants available under this scheme; applications for which close on April 29, 2022, July 29, 2022, or are open all year round.

Heritage grants

Historic England is funding community-led projects that celebrate overlooked historic places, with grants of up to £25,000 available. The deadline for applications is May 23, 2022.