Our Community Fund supports the great work of local community groups, voluntary organisations, charities and schools by providing donations for specific activities
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Becky Towns | Community & Events Co-ordinator

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 & Events Co-ordinator

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 167 years.

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, which is run by Cumbria Community Foundation. Functioning as an independent body, the Foundation was set up in 1998 to focus on assisting local charities through their own application process. Each year we support the Foundation by making a substantial donation.

The requests we receive are all considered individually on a regular basis. We try to support a wide variety of projects benefitting all areas and aspects of our communities. To help us make our decisions, we look at three specific criteria:

    Health & Wellbeing - Does the request offer a physical and/or social benefit to those involved?
    Vulnerability – Does the request provide a clear benefit to vulnerable people, either directly or indirectly, via local support groups and organisations?
    Financial Education – Does the request support the improvement of financial literacy?


Who Can Apply
Our Community Fund supports the great work of local community groups, voluntary organisations, non-profit organisations, charities and schools by providing donations for specific activities
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 £25 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 Now
Click the link below to complete an online form to apply today.

There are certain exceptions.

We generally don’t provide funding for:
- Organisations outside of our operating area (see below);
- Applications which have received a donation in the last six to twelve months;
- 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.
Our Operating Area
Our operating area is:
- Cumbria (all CA and LA postcodes)
- South-West Scotland (all DG postcodes and TD9)
- West Northumberland (NE45-49)
- Preston area of North Lancashire (all PR, FY, LA AND BB1-2 and BB5-7)


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Cumberland FA - Ability Counts League
There has never been a better time to get involved and play football, whatever your ability level
Believing in flexible, inclusive and accessible playing opportunities for everyone, the Cumberland FA formed the Ability Counts League in 2011, aiming to provide not only a positive experience, but opportunities into the disability player pathway for those aged 16 and over.

We’re really excited to be working alongside the Cumberland FA with this initiative.
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Active Cumbria
School Games Final 2018
We’ve a long history of supporting this event, which is always a fantastic occasion, providing an opportunity for Cumbrian school children to take part in a friendly but competitive day of sport.

It’s brilliant to see the array of talent coming from youngsters across the County every year and the level of enthusiasm they show for sport. However, what's great is that the initiative isn’t all about sport. It also provides alternative opportunities for those young people currently not engaged in competitive sport to get involved in a variety of different ways.
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Eden Valley Hospice
Colour Run
We always have such a fantastic time at the colour run, an event we've been involved with since Eden Valley Hospice launched their flagship fundraising event.

As in previous years, they even managed to organise the sunshine, which was brilliant!

We had so much fun on the day, with over 50 team members and their families taking part, as well as a group of volunteers on the day who were more than happy to help with the paint throwing!

We're already excited for next year!


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Dementia Focus
Dementia Friends
Becky our Community & Events Co-ordinator, is a Dementia Champion.

Recently, she visited the team from Active Cumbria with her Dementia Friends Champion hat on to deliver a Dementia Friends Information Session.

But what is Dementia Friends? It's a social action movement that aims to increase understanding of dementia and inspire people to take action to support people affected by dementia in their community - no matter how big or small the action maybe.

For more details on becoming a Dementia Friend, you can email Becky at
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Silverdale District Woodbank
Community Initiative
This is a local volunteer community group located in the South of the County.

They are committed to woodland management and conservation and use surplus wood within their local communities with the aim of trying to alleviate fuel poverty in the area.

They recently reached out to us for a community donation for a treehog trolley. We weren't quite sure what this was at first, but we've since learned its a piece of equipment which helps support the carrying of the heavy logs/surplus wood.

We're pleased to have been able to help a group which is helping others in the local community.
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Cumbria Volunteer Service (CVS)
Volunteers Week
We've been out and about supporting Cumbria CVS​ at their local volunteering events in Carlisle, Workington and Kendal.

It's amazing to see the support for these local organisations and charities who really do benefit from volunteers, thank you to everyone who attended and signed up to help local organisations.
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Brunton Park - Charity Football Match
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 throughout the year. This started back in May, when thirty guys from across our business areas came together, in a 'clash of Cumberland titans' charity football match.

The two teams got into the spirit of the night, with a little 'friendly banter', raising £380 for Mind.

Well done to all involved, and a special thanks to the team down at Carlisle United Football Club for having us at Brunton Park for the night.


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Carlisle College
Annual Awards
We were delighted to be a part of the annual Carlisle College awards again this year.

It's the third year we've supported this event and Jack Green, one of our branch managers and Jill Johnston, our HR Controller, went along to the fantastic event which celebrated the achievements of their students, as well as recognising the commitment and dedication shown by them too.

Well done to everybody involved.
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Community Police Internet Safety Initiative
Barney & Echo Book Donation
Recently, Laura Short, Branch Manager of our Preston & Lancaster branches visited a local school to engage with the pupils about cyber bullying and internet safety.

We really care about internet safety, and we were delighted to donate Barney & Echo books to the school so that the children can keep learning about these important issues.

But our involvement doesn't stop at making monetary donations...

We also love to get our hands dirty and get involved!

Whether it's organising a delicious bake sale or a spot of gardening, our teams are fantastic when it comes to supporting and helping our local communities.

Each year, we offer everyone the opportunity to take a community day, the chance to go out and spend time supporting a charity or organisation of their choice with others from their own team, individually or even join forces with others across the business, not only a good way to help a local good cause, but a great way to get to know team mates better outside of the office environment.

What's brilliant to see when people use their community day is how much this benefits them and the people they are helping. It's definitely something we're really proud of!

If your organisation is looking for volunteers, get in touch by emailing our Community Team and see if it's something we maybe able to help with.

Our Community Days

Here's just a few examples of some of our recent community days.

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Whitehaven Girl Guides
Give a Day Initiative
Our Whitehaven team used their community day recently to help paint the St Nicholas girl guides hut as part of Give a Day to Copeland.

We think the hut looks fantastic and has been totally transformed from all of the hard work.
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Eden Valley Hospice
Whoops...we broke the spade!
Our IT guys had a fantastic couple of days helping to remove some large sections of Pampas Grass from the grounds within Jigsaw up at Eden Valley Hospice!

Unfortunately, they had one little mis-hap and broke the spade, which we're very sorry about and we'll make sure it's replaced!
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Active Cumbria
Cumbria School Games
We were thrilled to be the main sponsor of Active Cumbria's Cumbria School Games again this year!

The Games and the brilliant work that Active Cumbria do throughout the year provide a fantastic opportunity for Cumbrian school children to take part in friendly but competitive events.

Hazel and Heather, Valuers from our Sales & Lettings team took advantage of their community day to volunteer at the Active Cumbria School Games Final.

Our Fundraising Activities

We also love to get involved regularly with a wide a variety of fundraising activities to help local good causes within our communities.

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Cash for Kids Support
Annual Appeals
We're proud supporters of CFM Cash for Kids, and take part in Superhero Day and Christmas Jumper Day every year, two of our favourite events in the calendar.

The reason why we do take part each year is not only to have a little fun, but to help raise money for CFM Cash for Kids, which helps 1,000s of disabled and disadvantaged children from across our region every year.
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Hospice at Home Carlisle & North Lakeland
20 Challenge
Several of our team took part in the Hospice at Home Carlisle and North Lakeland 20 challenge in June 2018.

The 20 challenge is a 20 mile walk over 10 beautiful Lake District fells, and was organised to raise money for the hospice's counselling and nursing services for patients with life threatening illnesses.

Fantastic efforts from everyone who participated in the event, with the funds raised being used to support this fantastic charity, which so many people will benefit from.
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Brathay Trust
Row Runner Challenge
In July 2018, a team from across the business got together to take part in an epic row runner challenge with a host of other local businesses.

The event, was organised by Temple Heelis to raise money for the Brathay Trust, a fantastic charity based in South Cumbria and was in aid of Matt Campbell, the local chef who sadly passed away after he took part in the London Marathon earlier this year.

The aim was to raise vital funds for Brathay, who work with hundreds of children, young people and families from across our region every year to help inspire them to engage positively within their local communities.

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