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Discover Cumbria grant scheme helping Cumbria get back on its feet

Aurora over Kirkstone Pass by Rod Ireland
Aurora over Kirkstone Pass by Rod Ireland

Membership organisation Friends of the Lake District and Natural England are running a ‘Discover Cumbria’ grant scheme dedicated to funding events and activities that help Cumbria get back on its feet after the flooding events of December 2015.

If you are organising an event which will bring in visitors and spending to an area affected by flooding, especially the Keswick, Appleby, Kendal and Glenridding regions (applications from other areas will be considered) then you may qualify for an individual grant of up to £500 towards your event costs.

The scheme is designed to enable organisations, schools or groups to run innovative events or activities throughout the summer which enable people and communities to get outside, discover and enjoy something new about the natural environment.

Photographer’s Rod Ireland and Jonny Marchant were successful in securing ‘Discover Cumbria’ funding to support the venue and production costs for a unique photography exhibition in the Moot Hall, Keswick running from 24th-29th August; their images promise a view of the Lake District you may well be unfamiliar with, as it is re-imagined at night time.

Photographers, Rod Ireland and Jonny Marchant: “The Lake District and Cumbria has had a really tough time recently, having been badly affected by flooding. This has galvanised our determination to make this project work. We want to bring warmth back into people’s hearts, reminding locals and visitors alike what an amazing and enchanting place it is – even when it’s dark!”

Jan Darrall, Policy Officer at Friends of the Lake District said: “The exhibition is a wonderful example of the value of the ‘Discover Cumbria’ grant scheme. It’s vital that we continue to promote the county as a destination and remember that many areas are still rebuilding and recovering from the impacts of the flooding back in December.”

Events must be free to attend and can run anytime until December 2016. Grant money is available but limited so funding is being offered on a rolling basis. Events must be new or have a funding gap and won’t be funded retrospectively.

The scheme is now open for applications through to October 2016. If you’re running an event or activity which you think may qualify, visit the Friends of the Lake District website at: or contact [email protected]

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