Funding Advice and Support : How We Can Help You

Funding Officer Support

Cumbria CVS 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 one-to-one 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. Visit our Training & Events page for details of future sessions





Funding Training

We offer a regular programme of funding training, including Writing Successful Funding Applications. Visit our Training & Events page for details of future sessions


Funding available for small groups/organisations

Eric Wright Charitable Trust Funding of up to £1000 is available for small groups (with an income of less than £30,000) in Barrow and South Lakes via the Eric Wright Charitable Trust. Applications will be considered on a first come first served basis.

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.

To apply please complete the application below and send it to

Please send copies of the following documents with your application

a) Your Constitution or Organisation Rules including equal opportunities statement or policy
c) Your most recent accounts and a copy of latest bank statement
d) Your adult/child protection policy where appropriate

Please also ensure that this form is signed by at least 2 members of your group.

Guidance Notes for The Eric Wright Charitable Trust 2022 small grants fund

Eric Wright Charitable Trust 2022 Small Grant application form


Online Resources

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

Funding portal

Our online portal makes it easy to search for Government, National Lottery and charitable trust funding for charities, voluntary organisations and social enterprises delivering services in Cumbria.

The Cumbria CVS 4 Community self-service portal can be used to find funding for specific activities or services by category, geographic area and more. Supported by a user guide and ‘how to’ videos, the portal allows organisations to access vital funding opportunities directly.

Success stories can also be added, encouraging others to use the system and allowing funded organisations to share their good news.

To access the portal, follow this link to register:

The portal forms part of a range of support available from the This Is Us project, thanks to funding from the UK Government through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund via Westmorland and Furness Council.


Focus on Funding

Focus on Funding is a regular publication to support local organisations and keep you abreast of current and new funding opportunities.

Previous editions:


If you would like to subscribe to Focus on Funding, please email


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

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.