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 2016/17 over £400,000 was awarded.

These include:

  • Carlisle Cricket Club Practice Nets – the club was awarded £20,000 towards the £46,000 costs of providing new practice nets aimed at improving the competition level of the senior and junior teams.
  •  Ullswater Way Heritage Trail – a community-led project was awarded £8,600 towards the £20,200 costs of creating a footpath that goes around Lake Ullswater.
  •  Bitts Park Inclusive Play – the park was awarded £30,000 to buy play equipment towards the £200,000 costs of creating a new area damaged by flooding.
  • Watchtree Composting Toilets – the Watchtree Nature Reserve was given £18,000 to put towards the purchase of eco-friendly, waterless composting toilets.
  • Scaws Multi-Use Games Area – residents from the Scaws estate in Penrith received £15,000 towards the cost of creating a new play area for the community.

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.