Community Fund Children taking part in 'Singing Out', Carlisle Cathedral's outreach programme.

Each year, we donate over £100,000 to a variety of good causes which include local charities, neighbourhood groups, schools and voluntary organisations. Where possible, we provide funding for community projects with a strong focus on activities that help those less fortunate, support education and encourage community integration.

As well as supporting a number of large initiatives throughout our operating area, we also provide financial help to many small local projects through our Community Fund. Regardless of the size of the initiative we support, our aim is to help make a real difference.

Right: Miranda Housby, Kendal branch manager, handing over a donation to Bendrigg Trust.

Some of the projects recently supported by the Society include:

The Olive Branch - The Olive Branch, a Lancaster-based charity that helps and supports local families and individuals affected by homelessness, poverty and deprivation, received a donation from the Society. The charity provides a support centre in the city where people can obtain debt and budgeting advice, literacy support and emergency food parcels. The Cumberland’s donation was used to buy stocks for the charity’s food bank.

Bendrigg Trust - Bendrigg Trust is based in Kendal and provides outdoor activity courses for people of all ages who are disabled or disadvantaged. In 2013, the Society made a donation to help the Trust offer multi-day canoe journeys for people with special needs. The aim of the project is to enable people to practise a skill to the highest level that they can.

Food Train Friends - The Society made a donation to Food Train Friends, a befriending service in South West Scotland. The charity helps to address the issues of loneliness and social isolation experienced by older people in need in the area by providing trips out and home visits.

Food Train Friends, a befriending service in South West Scotland, received a donation from the Society.

Amongst other events, we have also supported the Cumbria School Games, the StagedRight Theatre Group in Carlisle, the REACT Foundation Science & Engineering Shows in West Cumbria, a science competition in Barrow and a singing outreach programme for children in North Cumbria.

In addition, we have provided a number of raffle prizes or small donations to groups and individuals raising funds in support of local causes including some of the region's hospices, CFM’s Cash for Kids appeal, and local branches of the Rotary Club.

Left: Food Train Friends received a donation from the Society for their befriending work.

In addition to our own community work, we provide an annual donation to Cumberland Building Society Charitable Foundation. Functioning as an independent body, the Foundation was set up in 1998 to focus on assisting local charities. Each year we support the Foundation by making a substantial donation.

Our staff, as active members of the community, are also supported by us in the voluntary work that they do to help their favourite charities and other worthy causes.

How to apply

The Cumberland Building Society Community Fund offers donations to non-profit organisations, voluntary groups and schools benefiting communities within the operating area of the Society. We specifically welcome applications for financial assistance from those that support educational projects that will benefit people living within an area served by the Cumberland Building Society.

Donations will usually range from £50 to £1,500; however, funding of up to £10,000 can be awarded to specific educational projects or community events that involve a significant number of people. The amount of the donation will be dependant on the degree to which the project or event is perceived to help the community and/or the number of people involved. Certain exceptions apply and these are available on request.

To apply for a donation, please contact us using this form.

For applications of less than £50, or for raffle prizes for community events, please contact the manager of your local branch.

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