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Community Investment Funding

Please note, the Allerdale GDF Community Partnership has now made funding commitments which fully utilise this year’s budget.

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We advise that you contact our team for a discussion about your project idea before submitting an application.

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About the Community Investment Team

Our role is to administer Community Investment Funding for the Allerdale GDF Community Partnership by supporting the Community Investment Panel, those applying for grants and those who receive them.

Project’s we’ve supported

We’ve supported a wide range of projects with small, medium and large grants. Take a look at how Community Investment Funding is benefitting local people.

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What is Community Investment Funding?

Community Investment Funding of up to £1 million has been made available for the Allerdale GDF Community Partnership as it participates in the siting process for a Geological Disposal Facility (GDF).

The grants can be used to fund projects, schemes or initiatives benefiting the Search Area that:

  • provide economic opportunities
  • enhance the natural and built environment, or
  • improve community wellbeing.

Within these three main principles, the Allerdale GDF Community Partnership can  also agree locally-specific criteria.  This additional criteria is currently ‘Youth activities and support’.

The Allerdale Search area

Grants can be used for projects that benefit the communities within the Allerdale GDF Community Partnership Search Area. This search area changed from 1st April 2023.

The Allerdale Community Partnership have made these changes based on readily available information which is published in the Search Area Evaluation Report and available on our website under ‘Finding a Suitable Site’.

This means that we have reduced the size of the search area and, because of the policy requirement to match boundaries with electoral wards, decided to introduce this on 1st April 2023 to align with the new Cumberland Authority.

The new search area is nowcomprised of the eight Cumberland wards of Dearham and Broughton; Maryport North, Maryport South, Harrington, Mossbay and Moorclose, Seaton, St John’s and Clifton, St Michaels. Take a look at the new map here.

The change to the search area does not affect grants that have already been awarded but does affect new applications.

Who can apply?

We’re open to applications from community groups, public sector organisations and businesses that want to do something to benefit the community. And if you’re not sure where to start, don’t worry, we’re here to help, so just get in touch with us.

What help is available?

We advise you to contact us before you apply. We want you to have the best chance of putting in a successful application.

We can talk to you over the phone, meet you in person (if circumstances allow) or arrange an online meeting.

We can help you ensure your bid is as thorough and well thought through as possible, with all the supporting evidence you need.


How does your organisation apply?

All applications will be through our online grants management system. We recommend you contact the Team for an informal discussion about your project, funding and any application needs before applying.

As part of the pre-application support offered, organisations are encouraged  to submit a one page summary of their project for feedback from the Community Investment Panel before they complete a full application.

We advise the summary to include:

  • A brief outline what you expect your project to deliver and / or provide.
  • Where (geographically) the project will cover
  • An indication of the amount that you intend to apply for
  • The intended duration of the project

We also recommend you briefly cover

  • How many people would you expect to benefit from the project
  • If the project aligns to any national or local strategies
  • Why the project is needed
  • If there is evidence of demand for the project? (i.e. can you demonstrate support from other organisations / the public / or have you completed, or do you intend to complete any consultation)
  • If the project aligns with or compliments any other projects in the area
  • If there is any other match funding needed, and if so, if it is secured
  • If the project would likely need further funding in the future to continue.

The above points would need to be expanded upon in any full application when submitted.

Please note, that any full application based on panel feedback still needs to go through the usual assessment and decision making processes and as such is not guaranteed to be funded.

If this is something you would be interested in please get in touch:

Got questions? Not sure where to start? We can help

The Community Investment Team will be happy to provide pre-application guidance and support including guidance on eligibility criteria, how to apply and practical guidance with the application form if needed.

The team are also able to signpost you to sources of more specialised support and guidance if needed.

Guidance and support

We’re here to make your grant application as smooth as possible – and often it starts with a chat about your group and your needs.

You might be an established organisation, or you might be a group of people who want to improve things in your area but you’ve no idea where to start.

So, start here. You’ll find lots of useful information.

And if you would just like to chat through your plans, don’t hesitate to contact the team. In fact, we encourage you to chat to us before you put in application.

Talk to us now so that we can help you ensure your bid is as thorough and well thought through as possible, with all the supporting evidence you need. That way, when you’re ready to put in a grant application, you’re much more likely to be successful.

Is your organisation eligible to apply?

Properly constituted private, public and third sector organisations may apply for funding. Organisations may also apply in partnership but would require one organisation to act as lead organisation for the partnership and ‘accountable body’ for the funding.

If you are an unconstituted organisation it might be possible for another organisation to apply for funding on your behalf

Individuals may not apply for funding for their own personal use.

How can the funding be used?

Here are some examples:

Economic Development
For example, employment opportunities, job creation, skills development, education or training, promotion of local enterprise, long-term economic development or economic diversification

Natural or Built Environment
Including cultural and natural heritage, especially where economic benefits, for example through tourism, can be demonstrated

Community Wellbeing
For example, improvements to community facilities, enhancement of the quality of life or health and well-being of the community

How much can you apply for?

You can apply for a small, medium or large grant:

Small grants – under £10,000

Medium grants – above £10,000 to £50,000

Large grants – above £50,000

We always recommend you contact the team to discuss your grant request and funding needs before applying.

How long do you have to spend the grant?

This would be covered in your Grant Acceptance Agreement. It would be specific to each project and relate to the information you have provided on your application form about your expected project lifetime.  All eligible expenditure must be incurred during the lifetime of the project.

General exclusions

Ineligible expenditure includes:

  • Paid-for lobbying, which means using grant funds to fund lobbying (via an external firm or in-house staff) in order to undertake activities intended to influence or attempt to influence Parliament, Government or political activity; or attempting to influence legislative or regulatory action;
  • Using grant funds to directly enable one part of government to challenge another on topics unrelated to the agreed purpose of the grant;
  • Using grant funding to petition for additional funding;
  • Expenses such as for entertaining, specifically aimed at exerting undue influence to change government policy;
  • Input VAT reclaimable by the grant recipient from HMRC; and
  • Payments for activities of a party political or exclusively religious nature.

Other examples of expenditure, which might be prohibited, include the following:

  • Contributions in kind;
  • Interest payments or service charge payments for finance leases;
  • Gifts, Hospitality, prizes;
  • Statutory fines, criminal fines or penalties;
  • Payments for works or activities which the grant recipient, or any member of their Partnership has a statutory duty to undertake, or that are fully funded by other sources;
  • Bad debts to related parties; and
  • Payments for unfair dismissal or other compensation.

When will you know the outcome of your application?

Applications for funding will be assessed by the Community Investment Panel every eight weeks. You will then be notified of the outcome and any next steps.

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