Funding News

Community Choices
This is a new scheme from Sellafield Ltd. It is aimed at offering not-for-profit organisations the chance to apply for grants for their charity/community group – with the public ultimately deciding who gets the money.

If you are planning a project that could have a real impact in the community then Community Choices may be able to help you.

For more details on how to apply visit:

The application process is open until Sunday 12 February 2017 – a shortlist will then be drawn up and the public will be invited to vote for the projects they feel should receive the support to make our communities an even better place to live and work.

The scheme is being launched by Sellafield Ltd and supported by CN Group – publishers of Times and Star – CFM, Phoenix Enterprise Centre, and Cumbria Community Foundation.

“Community Choices is all about local people taking the future of their area into their own hands. This is an opportunity to support the charities and community people value most. It also gives those charities and community groups a fantastic platform to showcase the great work they do.”

Helen Fisher, Head of Social Impact for Sellafield Ltd.

Property Fund 
Cumbria’s Police and Crime Commissioner is calling for local communities to apply for funding from the Property Fund, for upto £2,500 to support local initiatives that link to the Police and Crime Plan.
In the past a wide range of initiatives have been funded from swimming clubs to community halls. Any application must be completed by a Police Officer, PCSO or a member of Police Staff and a recommendation or comment made by a TPA Inspector or Department Inspector. The application is then submitted to the Police and Crime Commissioner.

Applications are considered quarterly and the next closing date is Tuesday 28 February 2017.
For further information call 01768 217734 or email:

Penrith Town Council – Community Sponsorship
Penrith Town Council is supportive of the work of community and voluntary groups and charities operating within the Town and offer one-off community grants to such groups.
Organisations can apply for £100 – £5000.
The deadline for sponsorship applications for funding in 2017/18 are:
Tuesday 28 February 2017
Friday 30 June 2017
Tuesday 31 October 2017

All applications must be sent only by post to:
Council Office, First Floor, St. Andrew’s Place, Penrith, Cumbria, CA11 7XX
Tel: 01768 899773 Email:

For further information contact Mrs Carol Grey at:

WREN’s FCC Community Action Fund – UPDATE
WREN will only accept applications for the provision, maintenance or improvement of the following types of public amenity:

  • Village Halls and Community Centres
    • Public Play Areas
    • Publicly available Multi use games areas, skate parks and BMX tracks
    • Sport and recreation grounds including pavilions and clubhouses with full public access
    • Churches – community spaces only
    • Nature Reserves
    • Public gardens, parks, country parks and woodlands with at least dawn to dusk access
    • Museums

Please note WREN no longer accept paper applications.
Deadline:  5pm on 22 February 2017

Greggs Foundation
Greggs Foundation provides grants of up to £2,000 through their Local Community Projects Fund and our Environmental Grants Programme. Grants are made to not for profit organisations with a turnover of under £300,000. While the Greggs Foundation initially assess the applications it is the Greggs staff who make up the Local Charity Committee who ultimately decide on what awards to make.
The current round for both grant programmes is open until March 2017.
Full details and online application forms:

#iWill Fund
The #iwill Fund aims to transform the culture of community engagement and social action among 10-20 year olds. Funding is available for regional and national organisations that develop opportunities for young people to participate in social action.