Charities in West Cumbria urged to apply for grant to support young people

Charitable groups and community projects in West Cumbria are being encouraged to apply for funding of up to £5,000 from the #CanDo Fund.

The Cumbria Community Foundation manages over 100 grant making funds and awards on average £2m a year to community organisations.

#CanDo aims to support the ambition of developing a lifetime commitment to social action and increase the number of opportunities for young people in West Cumbria to volunteer, fundraise, or campaign on issues that are important to them, with a commitment to reducing the social and financial barriers that stop some young people from taking part in social action.

Cumbria Community Foundation senior grants & programmes officer, Annalee Holliday, said: “Young people have enormous potential to make a positive change – their involvement is crucial to the future of our communities.

“This funding aims to develop opportunities rather than fund the ongoing costs of existing youth work. We are looking to fund organisations that involve young people in volunteering, campaigning and fundraising activities.”

Funded by Sellafield Ltd, with match funding from Thomas Graham & Sons and local donors, #CanDo is part of Transforming West Cumbria, a multi-year social investment program developed by Cumbria Community Foundation.

#CanDo hopes to raise young people’s aspirations and build their confidence by:
• engaging young people in meaningful social and environmental action
• empowering young people from disadvantaged communities to volunteer, lead change and take action in their communities
• encouraging young people to have a voice, be heard and give back to their local community
• enabling young people to make a huge difference to improving their community and local environment

The closing date for the first round of funding is 10 September 2021.

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