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Funding Update 12.10.2021: Focus on Funding 12/10/2021


South Lakeland Third Sector Monthly Meet-up – Thursday 15 October from 11am to 12pm

If you represent a not-for-profit organisation in South Lakeland, why not grab a cuppa and come along to this monthly meeting?

As group of voluntary, community, faith and social enterprise organisations we wanted to meet others working in the sector to help us come together to share practice and provide services locally in a linked up and connected way.

These informal, friendly monthly ‘meet-ups’ are an opportunity for us to: meet others providing services locally, share experiences, challenges and solutions, celebrate achievements, communicate and build relationships and explore collaborative working and partnerships.

Future dates for your diary (all Meet-ups are from 11 to 12):

Monday 15 November; Tuesday 14 December; Wednesday 19 January 2022; Thursday 10 February; and

Friday 18 March

We look forward to welcoming and meeting you!  To book your place please follow this link: South Lakeland Third Sector Monthly Meet-up


FREE Focus on Funding Training – Ace your Case for Support: 2 and 9 November, 9.30-11.30

This practical, interactive course is aimed at Voluntary, Community, Faith and Social Enterprise organisations in Cumbria who don’t have an up-to-date Case for Support.

Your Case for Support is an invaluable toolkit that brings together all the information you need to apply for funding.  It is your unique message to funders, an emotionally compelling document that represents your organisation’s vision and tells funders why they should invest in your work.

This course will enable you to:

  • Understand the purpose of a Case for Support and what it should contain
  • Be able to summarise your organisation’s work in a compelling and concise way
  • Have some new ideas about how you can evidence need and evaluate your project
  • Know how to create and update your organisation’s Case for Support
  • Understand how to use your Case for Support to maximise your fundraising success

To book your place please follow this link: Focus on Funding Training – Ace your Case for Support


West Cumbria Social Impact Training – Demonstrating the Difference Your Organisation Makes

Do you want to be able to explain the difference your work makes more clearly and more effectively?

Are you a not for financial profit organisation or community group working in Allerdale or Copeland?

Is your organisation doing great work with people in your community?

*Please note This is a block training over three sessions – places cannot be booked for individual sessions.  Participants must try to attend all three sessions if possible please*

Then book your free place now on:

“Social Impact – The Difference That the Work of Your Organisation Makes”.

This will be for a maximum of 12 organisations in Allerdale and Copeland.  The free places will be allocated on a first come first served basis – one representative per organisation.

These will be held via Zoom on:

Session 1 – Tuesday 2nd November – 9.30am – 10.30am

Session 2 – Tuesday 9th November – 9.30am – 10.30am

Session 3 – Tuesday 16th November – 9.30am – 10.30am

Nicola Lynch is a west Cumbria based, independent consultant to the voluntary, charitable and social enterprise sectors and the National Lead on Civil Society for Social Value UK (SVUK).  SVUK is the UK’s professional body for social value – fighting to change the way society accounts for value through principles, practice, people and power and supporting practitioners nationwide to be the best advocates they can be for the movement.  In both her SVUK role and her consultancy work Nicola champions the work of the VCSE sectors in creating social impact and social value.  She also supports organisations across those sectors to understand, articulate, measure and maximise their impact through the application of the social value principles – putting people and planet first.

To book a place please click here


NEW: Eric Wright Charitable Trust Open for Applications
The Eric Wright Charitable Trust provides funding for small groups (with income of less than £30,000) in Barrow and South Lakes.

While consideration will be given to all applications, regardless of location, which improve the quality of life and life choices for people in the area, the Trust’s main areas of interest are the following: Young Persons’ Wellbeing; Elderly Services; Education and Training; Health and Respite Care.

Grants are more likely to be funded where the applicant can show a real measurable difference to the community that their project makes. This grant cannot be used for any capital purchases.

The closing date for applications is: 30 September 2021  (funds must be spent by end March 2022).

To apply please download application form and guidance notes below:

Eric Wright Charitable Trust 2021 Small Grant application form
Eric Wright Charitable Trust 2021 Introduction letter
Guidance Notes for The Eric Wright Charitable Trust 2021 small grants fund
Eric Wright Charitable Trust 2021 – 2022 monitoring form

If you have any queries please in relation to this application process, please email:

Funding Advice and Support : How We Can Help You

Funding Officer Support
Cumbria CVS currently has dedicated funding officers to help your organisation or group. We can:

  • Help you to identify sources of funding in order for you to adapt and develop services or help your organisation to survive the current funding crisis
  • Provide advice to you on what makes a strong (and therefore more likely to be successful) funding application
  • Assist you by reading over and commenting on your application prior to submission to give your application maximum chance of success
  • Help you by asking questions on your behalf to funders prior to submission where possible
  • Help you to develop, write and submit funding applications where required if you do not have the capacity to do

Help connect you with other voluntary, statutory or private sector organisations who may be able to be partners in your application or service delivery

Case studies:

If you would like our help, advice and support in relation to funding for your voluntary or community group or social enterprise, please contact us by emailing: or call 01768 800350.

Meet the Funders Events
We run Funding Fairs around the county, so it’s easy to find one near you. You will meet local and national funders face to face and pick up top tips for raising money.  Due to covid 19 these have currently been postponed.

Funding Training
We offer a regular programme of funding training, including Writing Successful Funding Applications. Due to covid 19 these have been postponed but please contact us to register an interest in future training.

Online Resources

We have a range of resources available to support your organisation:

Focus on Funding
Focus on Funding is a (now) fortnightly focus on funding to support local organisations and keep you abreast of current and new funding opportunities. Please find latest editions here (archived copies can be found at the bottom of the page too):

Sources of Charity Funding: Covid-19
Details and links to emergency funding for charities – UK wide, UK country, regional, global, Government financial support, specialist funding and platforms. Sources of Charity Funding Covid-19

Funding Application Checklist
When you apply for funding you need to convince your potential funders that you have a project worth funding. This checklist gives you advice to help enhance your application. Funding Application Checklist

Funding Applications letters
Sometimes Charitable Trusts and Foundations will not have an application form but will ask you to apply in writing. This can seem daunting but, unless stated otherwise, your letter need not be more than 2-3 sides of A4 long. This guide covers the main points that the funder will need to know. Funding Applications letters

Funding Tips
If you’re applying for funding here are a few tips to consider when putting together your application. Funding Tips

Are you Fit to be Funded?
Before you even think of applying for funding, make sure that your organisation is ready to receive it. Funders want to know that you are capable of managing their money, that your organisation is fit and healthy, and that you have all the necessary policies and procedures in place. Are you fit to be funded?

Funding Guide
We have also developed a local Funding Guide which can be accessed here

Archive Copies of Focus on Funding

Focus on Funding 05_01_21
Focus on Funding 15_12_20
Focus on Funding 01.12.20
Focus on Funding 17_11_20
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Focus on Funding 25.08.20
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Focus on Funding 28.7.20
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Focus on Funding 30.06.20
Focus on Funding 16.06.20

Thank You
Thank you to the many organisations who completed the Health and Care Project’s End of Year Review Survey.  It has been extremely heartening to hear how the work of the project has helped Cumbrian third sector organisations raise essential funds and make connections with each other. Last year the project helped not-for-profit organisations secure a total value of £447,000.

We look forward to working with you in 2021 and continuing to help you secure more funding, increase your awareness of funding opportunities, improve your fundraising knowledge and skills, work collaboratively and help your organisation to survive and thrive – whatever challenges this year brings!

Contact Us

If you would like our help, advice and support in relation to funding for your voluntary or community group or social enterprise, please contact us by emailing: or call 01768 800350.