Copeland Community Fund celebrates 5 years of funding

This Friday, October 16, community volunteers will join representatives from Copeland Borough Council, Cumbria County Council and the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, to celebrate the achievements of Copeland Community Fund’s £11.5m investment in local projects over the past 5 years.

The celebration, hosted by the CCF Board, will be held at The Beacon Museum, Whitehaven Harbour from 5.30pm, and will feature 4 short films showcasing the impact CCF has had on local communities across Copeland.

Each film explores local projects making a positive difference to the community, including Phoenix Youth Project in Cleator Moor, Egremont Amateur Rugby League Club and Millom Stepping Stones Nursery. The films also highlight some key facts and figures, and emphasises the importance of the Fund’s support and backing of local projects.

The Fund was established to recognise the unique role the Copeland community plays in hosting the national Low Level Waste Repository close to the village of Drigg in West Cumbria. Since CCF first opened the grant scheme in October 2010, over 195 projects in Copeland have been sponsored and a further 166 community groups supported.

The Fund’s Community Development Team offer help and advice to community groups and organisations as well as managing the grants given by CCF. The Board is made up of independent members, representatives from Copeland Borough Council, Cumbria County Council and the NDA.

John Rowland, Chairman of the Fund Board, said: “I firmly believe CCF has been a fantastic success, and this event will showcase all the Fund’s fantastic achievements over the past 5 years.

“As a board member, I get to see first-hand the fantastic impact the fund is having across Copeland. The Fund’s team work closely with community groups to help them identify and secure a range of funding sources. This means more money is attracted to the area, and enables the Fund’s money to go so much further.”

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