Environment Trust

Cumbria Waste Group has an environment trust which provides financial support for environmental and community projects.

We allocate grants via our environmental body, Cumbria Waste Management Environment Trust.

The grants go to parish councils, local community groups and organisations for environmental and community projects in Cumbria.

To be eligible you need to be within a 10-mile radius of our landfill sites in Carlisle and Penrith. Don’t worry if you are unsure you meet the criteria because a quick telephone call to our office will help you decide if your project is eligible under this rule.

The grants range from a few thousand pound to tens of thousands of pounds. Significantly, in 2017/18, grants totalling £199,515.00 were distributed. Examples included:

  • Rockcliffe Marsh Nature Reserve, Carlisle – a grant of £13,700 was provided to Cumbria Wildlife Trust to enable a project officer to be employed during the 16-week breeding season of the various bird populations that are attracted to the site. This included installing electric fences, cages, shelters and remote cameras to protect nests.
  • St Luke’s Church Hall, Morton, Carlisle – The hall had metal framed windows with plastic glazing, making it difficult to heat and the old kitchen had an open drain down the middle, so was no longer fit for use, The Church received £15,000 towards the cost of installing new double-glazed windows and doors and a new kitchen. This has resulted in even more community groups using the hall.
  • Clark’s Field Play Area, Carlisle – A grant of £20,000 enabled a modern, safe play area to be built for local children.
  • Calthwaite Play Area, near Penrith – A grant of £10,000 was provided to enable a new play area to be built in the village for toddlers through to children aged 12.
  • Parkin Memorial Hall, Pooley Bridge, near Penrith – A grant of £10,500 provided the bulk of the funding to enable 18 old windows to be replaced by modern, energy efficient UPVC double glazed windows.
  • Ullswater Way Heritage Trail – The Friends of Ullswater Way and Barton Parish Council were given a grant of £1,850 to put towards art creations around a new footpath (which also received CWMET funding). In this case the money was used for a decorative bench where walkers can sit and admire the view whilst on the trail.

As well as providing support through the Landfill Communities Fund grant scheme we also offer help and advice to project applicants about further funding, relevant constitutions and project management in general.

We are here to help so please do not hesitate to contact us for further information.

We will shortly be announcing details of our 2017/18 awards.