The Town Council try to provide financial assistance to local groups when its budget allows.  Applications are invited from representatives of any local group, club, organisation or society with a membership drawn from within the Town.

Potential applicants must apply using the Town Council’s application form.  For an application form click on the link below.

Application for Financial Assistance

Grants are available to :

  • Help start new groups  
  • Help with running costs  
  • Help existing groups expand  
  • Help with the purchase of special equipment  
  • Help develop skills

Hellrigg Community Benefit Package

Construction of Hellrigg was completed in September 2011 and the wind farm is now operational.  The wind farm, located south east of Silloth in Cumbria, consists of four turbines that can produce up to 9.2 MW of electricity – enough clean energy to power around 5,700 households each year.

RWE npower renewables’ has made a voluntary commitment to the local Community to create a new community fund which will support local projects and organisations.  RWE npower renewables is investing £15,000 in the fund each year, totalling more than £300,000 over the life of the wind farm.

The fund is managed by Cumbria Community Foundation.  Grants will be available for charitable activities for communities located close to the Hellrigg Wind Farm (Silloth or the parishes of Home St Cuthberts, Holme Low and Holme Abbey).  Groups within the parishes can apply for funding from this for projects they wish to undertake. It is to be hoped that some of the ideas within our Parish Plan may find the necessary funding from the Hellrigg fund.

The fund is now open for applications. For details of how to apply and an application form please visit the Hellrigg Community Fund page on the Cumbria Community Foundation’s website here.

View the Hellrigg Wind Farm Community Benefit Package document

Please refer to Hellrigg Community Benefit Fund Guidelines for full criteria before Applying Online or if you are applying for less than £1,000 the Small Grants Application Form.

Neighbourhood Forum Community Grants

Cumbria County Council makes grants available in our area through neighbourhood forums.

Grants are available for voluntary, not for profit and community groups for community based projects which will benefit the local area.  

Applications can be for anything from £50. Most awards are for less than £1,000.

Who can bid for a grant?

Criteria can vary from area to area, but on the whole groups must be non-profit making, locally based, doing their own fund-raising and the project must show community benefit.

Grants have been awarded to a wide range of community and voluntary organisations including  playgroups, resident’s action groups, sports groups, youth clubs, environmental groups, community centres and local charities.   

Grants are also available for projects, events and equipment, for example  setting up costs, educational toys, newsletters, notice boards, craft equipment, food co-ops, emergency information, pantomimes and summer play schemes.      

Neighbourhood Forums deal with their grants in different ways and can also have slightly differing budgets. For more information and to find out if you are eligible to bid for a grant, contact your local area team.

Unfortunately, grants are not available to faith groups, unless the project is of a wide community benefit. Local Education Authority (LEA) schools cannot obtain grant-aid for anything which should be funded from the Local Members Scheme (LMS) budget. Applications can be considered from a Parent Teacher Association, but the project must benefit a wider community than pupils and parents.

For details of how to apply and an application form please visit the Neighbourhood Forum page on the Cumbria County Council’s website here.

Please refer to General Criteria, Guide to the Application Process and Terms and Conditions of Funding for full details before completing an application form.