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£220,000 awarded to community groups in Cumbria

[C]umbria Community Foundation has awarded nearly a quarter of a million pounds to support local causes across the county.

40 community organisations and 14 individuals have received a share of £220,000 at the recent grants panel. The funding will support a wide range of projects including therapy sessions, support for deprived young people and flood recovery.

Some of the funds that supported these applications were Cumberland Educational Foundation, Cumbria Young People’s Fund and Ullswater Trust Grassroots Grants.

The grants will help a wide range of people in places all over Cumbria.

Safety Net received £4,000 to provide equine assisted therapy sessions for people who have been victims of sexual abuse or exploitation, and domestic violence. It is the only group to offer free sessions like this in the area, and the horses will help them work through issues such as trust, self-belief and relationships to help rebuild their lives. Sessions will be available throughout Carlisle, Allerdale, Copeland and Eden.

Garden Life Community Garden, based in South Carlisle, received £2,215 to support the rehabilitation of young offenders through horticulture, as well as working with unemployed youngsters. The aim is to teach functional garden skills that can transferred to the working environment, and to give them the enthusiasm to look forward to what they can do in their lives.

Ellen Clements, Senior Grants & Donor Services Officer at the Foundation, said: “Our grants are vital in helping local people throughout our region, and we are ever grateful for the continued support of all our fund holders.”

Applications for the next round of funding need to be submitted by Friday 6th October 2017 to be reviewed by the panel on Tuesday 7th November 2017. For more information or to apply visit www.cumbriafoundation.org or contact the grants team on 01900 825760.

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