Alston Moor Community Chest Application Criteria
This Fund brings together money from Alston Moor’s European Regional Development Fund
programme and grant programmes managed by Cumbria Community Foundation including
Strengthening Rural Communities and Local Network Fund. The fund is managed by Cumbria
Community Foundation and delivers a small grants programme directly into Alston Moor.
Alston Moor Community Chest has been developed to enable community organisations to access
grants for projects that support the aims of the Alston Moor Partnership.
The Fund will be supporting projects that address one or more of the following themes:
Developing enterprise and employment on Alston Moor
Improving access to employment and learning opportunities on Alston Moor
Developing and maintaining the quality of the built and natural environment on Alston Moor
in ways that directly stimulate economic development
Who is eligible to apply?
Applications will be welcomed from community organisations with charitable aims but your
organisation does not have to be a registered charity to apply.
What can be funded?
Projects will need to benefit one or more of the following groups:
People on low incomes including people who are unemployed
Children and/or young people
People experiencing stress and/or mental health problems
Priority will be given to projects that tackle one or more of the following issues:
Creating new or supporting existing social enterprises on Alston Moor
Improving access to and take up of health, counselling/advisory or learning
opportunities on Alston Moor
Creating and/or contributing to the maintenance of local services on Alston Moor
Increasing and improving the ability of Alston Moor to help itself
Creating and/or improving provision which addresses rural isolation on Alston Moor
Promoting economic development on Alston Moor
Providing information/guidance to individuals wishing to become self employed on
Improving the built and natural environment in ways that directly stimulate local
economic development on Alston Moor
Projects will need to demonstrate that they can provide a lasting community benefit and that the
community has been involved in identifying and developing the project. We welcome projects that
involve the development of innovative solutions.
What cannot be supported?
Activities that are the responsibility of statutory bodies
Projects that discriminate on the grounds of race, gender, sexual orientation, religion or disability
How much can you apply for?
Grants of between £500 and £5,000 are available for revenue and capital costs.
Please contact Sam Gilchrist Regeneration Officer for Alston Moor(Tel: 01434 381639) or Clare
Edwards Grants Development Officer at Cumbria Community Foundation to discuss your project.
Your organisation will need to complete an application form (available from the address listed
below, our website www. cumbriafoundation.org or from Sam Gilchrist at Alston Town Hall).
Applications will be assessed by a committee of local people as part of the Alston Partnership. Final
decisions will be made by Cumbria Community Foundation’s Grants Committee who meet alternate
months. You will be notified of the Committee’s decision within 2 weeks of a meeting.
The following criteria will be used to assess the quality of your application. Please tell us how your
project meets these criteria.
Evidence and degree of community involvement
Evidence of community use of service/facility
Evidence of need, what issues will the project address
How well the project will address the problem you have identified
Evidence that the grant is required
Ability of the organisation/individual to manage the project
Value for money
Evidence of local fund raising
What other organisations are active in this area of work
You must nominate someone who can act as an independent referee for you or your organisation.
That is someone who knows about you or your organisation, but who is not a member of its
Any group undertaking project work or activities with children must submit a child protection
policy. Please let a Grants Officer know if you need support in developing a policy.
All successful groups or individuals will be required to keep records of how money is spent
including receipts, and make them available at short notice to the Community Foundation if
required. All records will need to be kept for three years from the completion of the project. The
Foundation or Alston Moor Partnership may also request to visit your project as part of the
assessment process or to see how a grant has been spent.
Who do I contact?
If you would like to find out more about this Fund please contact:
Clare Edwards Grants Development Officer Tel: 01900 825760
Sam Gilchrist Regeneration Officer Alston Moor Partnership Tel: 01434 381639
Details of all Grants Programmes managed by Cumbria Community Foundation and
relevant application forms are available from our office:
Cumbria Community Foundation Unit 6b Lakeland Business Park Cockermouth Cumbria
CA13 0QT Tel: 01900 825760 Fax: 01900 826527
Alston Moor Community Chest is funded by
PROJECT PART-FINANCED BY THE EUROPEAN UNION ERDF Objective 2 Priority 2