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

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.

Becky Towns | Community Fund Coordinator

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.

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.

We love to provide funding for community projects with a strong focus on activities that help those less fortunate, support education and encourage community integration.

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.

Encouraging physical and mental wellbeing...

We support a variety of activities that provide opportunities for both children and adults that will benefit their physical and mental wellbeing so we're delighted that this year's beneficiaries of our Pledge for Votes scheme are local branches of Mind and Support in Mind Scotland. We're looking forward to helping both charities in their work supporting those affected by mental illness across our region.

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If you want to find out more about mental health support services in your area, then visit or


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Take a look ...
Our Kendal Branch Manager, Kevin, popped along to see these pretty flowers with John from Kendal Town Council following a donation we've made towards Kendal in Bloom.
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Cumbria Wildlife Trust
Kevin our Kendal branch manager had a very interesting and informative morning visiting the team at Foulshaw Moss Nature Reserve, part of Cumbria Wildlife Trust.
He spent time with the team following a donation we'd made towards the new boardwalk at the reserve seeing how invaluable their work is. He also got to learn a little more the osprey's and the slow worms.
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Beacon Hill, Barrow
Every fortnight at Beacon Hill Methodist Church in Barrow, a group of ladies get together for Monday Magic Group!
The group was set up as an important outreach to ladies in the local area, many of who are elderly and live alone.

Kevin and Melissa from our Barrow branch popped along to meet the group at one of their sit down Zumba sessions to handover a donation we've made and see just how important these types of social groups are within our local communities.
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Rosehill Residential Home, Carlisle
We recently made a donations towards dementia friendly sensory equipment.
James from our Rosehill branch visited the home and had a really enjoyable time meeting the dedicated staff and speaking with the residents to hear how the new equipment will help enhance activities through visuals, sound and smell.

If you want to find out more about dementia, or are looking for support or advice, then visit:
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Get Reading Gretna
We made a donation to Gretna Primary School, to help purchase an educational reading programme as part of a new community reading project, 'Get Reading Gretna'
Will, our Gretna Branch Manager went along to find out more about the project, which aimed to involve the whole community, 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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Paddlers for Life, Windermere
This is a charity organisation, which was set up to bring the benefits of dragon boat paddling to breast cancers survivors from our local communities in Cumbria and North Lancashire.
Dean from our Kendal branch spent some time with the ladies following a donation we've made, learning all about the benefits of dragon boat paddling, the skills involved, and the fantastic camaraderie and support the group provides to each other.


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.

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Each application we receive is considered individually and we try to support a wide variety of projects benefitting the communities within our operating area
Apply now for funding from our community fund
Apply now