Our Community Fund supports the great work of local community groups, voluntary organisations, charities and schools by providing funding for specific activities

We believe we have a unique role within our local communities where our responsibility extends beyond simply providing our members with great value financial products and services.

Our aim is simple...

To make a genuine difference to our local communities by supporting them in the same way they’ve supported us for over 165 years. So 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.

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.

But it doesn't stop there...

Our employees are fantastic when it comes to fundraising and helping in their local communities. We encourage staff to undertake voluntary work and offer them the opportunity to take a Community Day each year (paid) to go out and spend time supporting a charity or organisation of their choice.

Across all our business areas, we regularly undertake fundraising activities for local good causes, as individuals and as a collective.

How we're helping our vulnerable customers ...

It is a sad fact that we have customers with vulnerabilities who not only have to deal with difficult issues on a daily basis, but also face an increased threat of crime from fraudsters and rogue traders.

Vulnerability comes in many forms, from physical disabilities and mental health conditions, to financial inexperience or a lack of English language skills. The impact can cause debt, stress and anxiety.

Identifying when our customers are in these situations is of paramount importance to us. We’ve an ongoing training programme in place to help our branch and head office teams recognise when a customer needs additional support or safeguarding. We also share best practice with a variety of organisations to help improve ways of identifying potentially vulnerable customers.

Alzheimer’s Society and Alzheimer Scotland provide support to many vulnerable people around our region and we are delighted they are the beneficiaries of this year’s Pledge for Votes scheme. In addition, we will be working with both organisations during the year to help increase their profile and raise awareness of the services they provide.

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1862 City of Carlisle Squadron - Air Training Corps
In February 2016, we provided a donation to Carlisle’s Air Training Corps to help them purchase outdoor adventure training equipment
The Corps will use the equipment to help the cadets work towards attaining their Duke of Edinburgh awards
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Lancaster & Morecambe Education Awards
The Lancaster and Morecambe Education Awards were held at Lancaster University in November 2015
We sponsored the inaugural event, aimed at celebrating the achievements of local schools and recognising the hard work and commitment of the pupils and staff
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Bendrigg Trust
Kendal's Bendrigg Trust provide residential and day courses for disabled and disadvantaged people to encourage independence and self-confidence
Our donation was used to purchase a canoe, to be used to encourage young people to take up the sport and for skills training for visually impaired users and limbless veterans
Annie Mawson's Sunbeams Music Trust Image
Annie Mawson's Sunbeams Music Trust
We made a donation to Annie Mawson's Sunbeams Music Trust, a charity founded in 1992 by Annie Mawson
The mission of the Charity is to 'relieve sickness and assist in the remedial treatment of children and adults suffering from physical, emotional, psychological or other mental health problems by the provision of community music therapy and to provide introductory community music therapy training
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Get Reading Gretna
We recently donated to Gretna Primary School, to help purchase an educational reading programme as part of a new community reading project, 'Get Reading Gretna'
The project aims to involve the whole community of Gretna, including teachers and children, parents and local businesses to help raise children's attainment levels in reading in a variety of ways
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CancerCare, Lancaster
CancerCare is a charity that offers therapeutic support and information services to individuals who have been diagnosed with cancer and their families
We donated £250 towards painting materials for the centre. In addition, a group of volunteers from our Lancaster branch led by branch manager, Rebecca Gibson, went along to the organisation and undertook a variety of painting duties to help with ongoing redecoration at the centre


Each application we receive is considered individually and we try to support a wide variety of projects benefitting the communities within our operating area.

Who Can Apply
Our Community Fund offers donations to non-profit organisations, voluntary groups and schools benefiting local communities.
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.
Donation Amounts
Donations 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 dependent on the degree to which the project or event is perceived to help the community and/or the number of people involved
How To Apply
Apply by email by selecting the link below
Certain exceptions apply and these are available on request. For applications of less than £50, or for raffle prizes for community events, please contact the manager of your local branch
Operating Area
Our operating area is:
- Cumbria (all CA and LA postcodes)
- South-West Scotland (all DG postcodes and TD9)
- West Northumberland (NE46-49)
- Preston area of North Lancashire (all PR, FY, LA AND BB1-2 and BB5-7)
Funding Criteria Exceptions
We generally don’t provide funding for:
- Organisations outside of our operating area;
- Applications which have received a donation in the last two years;
- Trips and holidays;
- Events that have already occurred;
- Sensitive, controversial or harmful requests, or those that could be a conflict of interest
- Political or pressure organisations;
- Running costs including salaries and capital expenditure;
- Individuals further education/tuition/course fees.


Download our application form in your chosen format below and email it to or post it to - Business Development - Marketing Team, Cumberland Building Society, Cumberland House, Cooper Way, Parkhouse, Carlisle, CA3 0JF

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