Places & Spaces


Copeland Community Fund 2022-2025 Strategy continues to prioritise Places & Spaces projects. The purpose is to provide revenue and / or capital support to existing provision within Copeland and consider new complementary provision.

Areas projects may focus on include, but are not limited to:

  • Quality Open Spaces
  • Improvements to Environment

Examples of projects would include:

  • Refurbishment or new build of community facility,
  • Improvements to transport infrastructure: cycle routes, bridleways etc
  • Improvements to open community spaces
  • Community ‘growing’ schemes, such as a community allotment,
  • Community transport scheme
  • Recycling initiatives


  • Projects must demonstrate that they can meet the NDA Socio Economic Strategy.
  • Project plans should outline all permissions required, application dates and status. For example, planning permission, building control, leases etc
  • Organisations can apply for places and spaces projects on an individual basis, however, CCF also looks favourably on collaborative projects.
  • Applications to the Fund require match funding of:
    • 25% for projects with a grant request £3K to £25K
    • 50% for projects with a grant request in excess of £25k
  • All projects will be limited to a three-year funding term.


Any project wishing to apply should consider how they can achieve and demonstrate a mix of the following outputs:

  • Hectares / Sq M of Improved Environment
  • No of New/Improved Facility (sport, cultural or community)
  • Voluntary time dedicated to sustainably maintaining and improving public spaces, creation or management of green infrastructure
  • Savings in CO2 emissions on contract not from transport (specify how these are to be achieved)
  • Car miles saved on the project (e.g. cycle to work programmes, public transport or car-pooling programmes etc)
  • Number of low or no emission staff vehicles included on project (miles driven)
  • Voluntary time dedicated to the creation or management of green infrastructure, to increase biodiversity, or to keep green spaces
  • Percentage of procurement contracts that includes sustainable procurement commitments or other relevant requirements and certifications


Exclusions for the Places and Spaces Fund include:

  • Faith based activities and venues (unless broader community use)
  • Residential activities (outside of Cumbria) including expeditions and overseas trips
  • Direct replacement of activities which are a statutory obligation
  • Refurbishment or new build of community venues which will benefit only one user group


Please contact Copeland Community Fund on 07833048986 or [email protected] for further information, guidance and support prior to submitting a funding application.