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).


The Thomas Pocklington Trust is offering grants to registered charities to support projects and activities that deliver positive outcomes for blind and partially sighted people.

The deadline is February 5, 2023.


Household grants

The Government's Household Support Fund is available to people who are struggling to afford energy, food, water bills and other essentials.

The criteria to access the fund are:

  • Anyone of state pension age can access the fund as normal and are advised to contact the County Council's welfare team if they're in need.
  • All other working age people may be provided with a one-off payment to help with energy and/or water costs (this is issued per household, not on an individual basis).

Applications to Cumbria County Council can be made until September 30, 2022.


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.


Energy and sustainability grants

The Government's Boiler Upgrade Scheme (BUS) provides grants to encourage property owners to install low carbon heating systems such as heat pumps.

This includes:

  • £5,000 off the cost and installation of an air source heat pump
  • £5,000 off the cost and installation of a biomass boiler
  • £6,000 off the cost and installation of a ground source heat pump


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.

The first round of the Farming Equipment and Technology Fund is now closed for applications. Grant Funding Agreements have been sent to successful applicants.

The Farming Transformation Fund is split into three strands:

- The Adding Value grant is closed for applications on July 21, 2022.
- The Water Management grant closed for applications on January 12, 2022. 
- The Improving Farm Productivity grant closed for applications on March 16, 2022. Those who have been invited to submit a full application must do so by September 14, 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 are open all year round.


The International Tree Foundation is offering grants for community groups and voluntary organisations to support community-based projects that conserve, restore, and protect indigenous trees, woodlands, and associated biodiversity.

The deadline for applications is December 16, 2022.


The Tree Council is offering grants of between £200 and £2,000 for schools, community groups, charities, Tree Warden networks, parish and town councils, and other organisations to support tree, hedge, and orchard planting projects that promote community involvement and get young people involved in the planting and aftercare. 

The deadline for applications is December 4, 2022.


Schools funding

The Department for Education (DfE) is offering a grants for eligible state-funded schools and colleges to train a senior mental health lead to develop and implement a whole school or college approach to mental health and wellbeing.

Grants of £1,200 will be provided to cover (or contribute to) the cost of attending a quality assured course and may also be used to hire supply staff whilst leads are engaged in learning.


The Universal Music UK Sound Foundation provides grants to help towards the purchase of musical instruments and/or equipment for schools who require the equipment to fund music education.

Grants of up to £1,500 are available. The deadline for applications is August 10, 2022.


Music funding

The Supporting Grassroots Live Music scheme - courtesy of the National Lottery and Arts Council England - offers grants of £1,000 to £40,000 for projects to help grassroots music venues across England deliver and develop their work.

The deadline for applications is March 31, 2023.


Veterans funding

The Veterans’ Foundation aims to help charities and other not-for-profit organisations to support serving and former members of the British Armed Forces who may be facing challenging circumstances. 

The Foundation offers standard grants of up to £30,000 and specific salary grants of up to £40,000 over two years, and it can be used for projects covering a range of aspects of social care.

The next deadline for applications is August 26, 2022.