Community Action



Cumbria Community Foundation

Many small local grants that have environmental or community aims.

Check out the Robin Rigg Fund, Environmental Fund and local community pots.

Tel 01900 825760


WREN (Waste Recycling Environmental)

Projects must be within ten miles of the landfill sites at Lillyhall, Workington and Bennet Bank, Barrow in Furness.

The primary intent of this objective must be for the general public’s benefit for leisure or recreation. The site where the work takes place must be open and accessible to the general public.

Grants upto £75,000


Hadfield Trust

The Hadfield Trust is a charitable trust which gives cash grants to charitable organisations in Cumbria. The Trust works particularly to provide help for charitable projects working in the fields of social needs, youth and employment, help for older people, the arts and the environment.

Contact: Michael Hope. Tel. 01704 834887  /


LDNPA Sustainable Development Fund

Open to projects within the Lake District National Park aiming to improve the environment or sustainability.


Grants around £10,000


EDF Green Energy Fund

Funding is provided to cover the costs of purchase, installation and project management of providing a low carbon energy source for their building. A wide range of technologies and it is open to non profit or charitable organisations and/or organisations involved in education and/or work at the community level.

Tel. 0800 051 1905 /

50% match up to £30,000 


The EON Sustainable Energy Fund

Grants of up to £20,000 to community groups and not for profit organisations who wish to consider and implement sustainable energy projects in their buildings – from energy efficiency through to micro-generation.

We can support applications from religious or political organisations if the community building that the technology or measures are to be installed into is available for the whole community to use regardless of religious or political beliefs. Benefits to the whole community must be clearly demonstrated in your application. 


Scottish Power Green Energy Trust

Supports renewable energy projects across the UK and aims to promote education in the community on renewable energy generation. It offers grants and awards for new renewable and educational projects that will lead to an increase in the use and knowledge of renewable energy sources.

The Trust can provide up to 50 per cent of project costs up to a maximum of £25,000. 


Church and Community Fund

Amongst other objectives, the Fund makes grants to projects engaging with social issues and involving the welcoming and encouraging of children and young people. They support both capital and revenue projects, such as the adaptation of church buildings for wider community use or employing a youth worker.

Tel 020 7898 1767 / Email

The maximum grant is £15,000, but most grants are around £5,000 


Heritage Lottery Fund 

The ‘Heritage Grants’ programme offers grants of more than £50,000 for projects which conserve and enhance our diverse heritage, or encourage more people to be involved in their heritage, or both. To be eligible, your project must also make sure that everyone can learn about, have access to and enjoy their heritage; that your project is linked to the national, regional or local heritage of the UK and how you will protect its significance

Tel 020 7591 6042


BIG Lottery ‘Awards For All’ Scheme

‘Awards for All’ is a joint Lottery grants scheme aimed at local communities, supported in England by the Arts Council England, the Big Lottery Fund, the Heritage Lottery Fund and Sport England. Phone: 0845 600 20 40 / Email:  This funding scheme offers small grants (£300 – £10,000) in England to local groups. 


Clothworkers Foundation

Fund one-off grants for capital costs for UK registered charities with an annual turnover of under £10m.Capital costs include: – Building purchase and renovation – Equipment (including IT hardware) – Vehicles Small grants programme (upto £10k) and a main grants programme £10k+

Feed in Tariffs If you install an electricity-generating technology from a renewable or low-carbon source such as solar PV or wind turbine, the UK Government’s Feed-In Tariffs scheme (FITs) could mean that you get money from your energy supplier. Each installation will qualify for a payment for each kW they produce and a further payment for each kW exported to the grid.Small-scale low-carbon electricity technologies eligible for FITs are: Wind; Solar photovoltaics (PV); Hydro; Anaerobic digestion; andDomestic scale microCHP (with a capacity of 2kW or less)For more information please see the Department for Energy and Climate Change website or talk to your local installer.