Community Development

The Copeland Community Fund has invested £100,000 a year over a three year period between 2010-2013 to support community groups developing projects for the benefit of Copeland.

The funding has been used to employ two Community Development Workers and a Grants Officer who will be working with community groups  to build capacity in the area. By capacity building we mean develop the skills and confidence for groups to apply for funding and achieve their goals.

The priorities for our work include

  1. To ensure organisations are able to apply, receive and spend CCF funding
  2. Work with organisations to ensure agreed outcomes are inline with the NDA socio economic policy
  3. To support wider skills development with Copeland groups and enable them to achieve their potential

We recognise issues that groups in Copeland face including:

  • Lack of confidence to apply to large funders
  • Over reliance on smaller funds with simpler application processes
  • Difficulty in meeting funders requirements
  • Identifying SMART outcomes
  • Celebrating success and achievements more
  • Finding information on the most upto date local,regional and national strategies
  • Governance
  • Income generation
  • Abilty to network, work in partnership with other organisations
  • Business planning
  • Project management
  • Budgetary and financial management
  • Over reliance on a small number of people including volunteers

In the next three years, the development team in partnership with other organisations will aim to increase the amount of external funding being drawn into Copeland for community projects and work through some of above needs by

  1. Making organisations aware of the support available to them
  2. Support organisations to widen their income generation through fundraising techniques and applications for funding
  3. Better utilise funding made available to groups
  4. Explain to organisations why capacity building is important to CCF
  5. Give support to applicants throughout the application process and support declined applicants to revise their bids
  6. Have an open and transparent decision making process
  7. Ensure ongoing consultation to enhance the delivery of the Fund

The combination of Community Development Support and Community Grants will provide unique opportunities for community groups over the next three years.

What is Community Development?

Community development is a set of values embodied in an occupation.  It often plays a special role in overcoming poverty and disadvantage, knitting society together at the grass roots and deepening democracy.

Its purpose is to help groups and networks of people take joint action on matters that concern them for the public good, and enable individuals to influence the decisions that affect their lives.More information can be found at the Community Development Foundation website

Community Development Exchange (CDX) work to ensure community development is understood by practitioners, funders and policy makers, and is widely applied for the benefit of communities. For more information visit their website

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Please note: due to a system update any application should be completed and submitted by 21 December. Or, alternatively, started and completed after 6 of January 2016. If you should start your application before our system shutdown on 21 December and do not submit we would advise you to take screenshots of any completed pages so you do not lose the information entered.