Landscape charity Friends of the Lake District and Natural England have just announced the new 'Discover Cumbria' grant scheme.

The scheme will enable organisations, schools or groups to run innovative events or activities this summer for people and communities to get outside, discover and enjoy something new about the natural environment.

Events must be free to attend and can run anytime from April to December this year. A total fund of £10,000 of grant money will be available, with individual grants of up to £500 for one event, or £800 for more than one event.

Simon Humphries, Natural England's Cumbria Area Manager said 'This is a great opportunity for us to support both the tourism industry and wildlife by directly help local groups to create a brand new series of innovative events and activities, bringing a lasting benefit to the less well-known highlights of Cumbria.'

Jan Darrall, of Friends of the Lake District said: "This is an exciting new scheme with Natural England to help people discover the countryside. We are particularly interested in new events and those focusing on landscape, flora and fauna, land management, or which celebrate local events or our fantastic cultural heritage. Cumbria is so rich in natural and cultural heritage and we want to encourage people to discover and enjoy it".

• Applications can be made to Friends of the Lake District, and information on the new grant scheme can be found at http://www.fld.org.uk/grants.html.
• Grants will cover up to 75% of costs, up to a maximum of £800.
• Events must be new or have a funding gap and won't be funded retrospectively.
• The first round of applications closes on 20 March and decisions will be made by 31st March with other applications being accepted on a rolling basis from then onwards.

For more information contact jan-darrall@fld.org.uk.

About Natural England:

Established in 2006, Natural England is the government's independent adviser on the natural environment. Our work is focused on enhancing England's wildlife and landscapes and maximizing the benefits they bring to the public.

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New grant scheme to help people discover and enjoy Cumbria

Landscape charity Friends of the Lake District and Natural England have just announced the new ‘Discover Cumbria’ grant scheme.  The scheme will enable organisations, schools or groups to run innovative events or activities this summer for people and communities to get outside, discover and enjoy something new about the natural environment.

Events must be free to attend and can run anytime from April to December this year. A total fund of £10,000 of grant money will be available, with individual grants of up to £500 for one event, or £800 for more than one event.

Simon Humphries, Natural England’s Cumbria Area Manager said ‘This is a great opportunity for us  to support both the tourism industry and wildlife by directly help local groups to create a brand new series of innovative events and activities, bringing a lasting benefit to the less well-known highlights of Cumbria.’

Jan Darrall, of Friends of the Lake District said: “This is an exciting new scheme with Natural England to help people discover the countryside. We are particularly interested in new events and those focusing on landscape, flora and fauna, land management, or which celebrate local events or our fantastic cultural heritage. Cumbria is so rich in natural and cultural heritage and we want to encourage people to discover and enjoy it”.

·        Applications can be made to Friends of the Lake District, and information on the new grant scheme  can be found at http://www.fld.org.uk/grants.html.

·        Grants will cover up to 75% of costs, up to a maximum of £800.

·        Events must be new or have a funding gap and won’t be funded retrospectively.

·        The first round of applications closes on 20 March and decisions will be made by 31st March with a second round in June.

For more information contact jan-darrall@fld.org.uk

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Editor’s notes

1.      Contact: for more information contact Friends of the Lake District Communications Officer Dawn Groundsell dawn-g@fld.org.uk 01539 720788.

2.       Friends of the Lake District is the only charity wholly dedicated to protecting Cumbria’s amazing landscapes for the future.  Friends of the Lake District represents Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) in Cumbria.

 

3.      About Natural England:

Established in 2006, Natural England is the government’s independent adviser on the natural environment. Our work is focused on enhancing England’s wildlife and landscapes and maximizing the benefits they bring to the public.

  • We establish and care for England’s main wildlife and geological sites, ensuring that over 4,000 National Nature Reserves (NNRs) and Sites of Special Scientific Interest are looked after and improved. All of England’s NNRs form part of a UK wide network of nature reserves covering England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
  • We work to ensure that England’s landscapes are effectively protected, designating England’s National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and advising widely on their conservation.
  • We run Environmental Stewardship and other green farming schemes that deliver over £400 million a year to farmers and landowners, enabling them to enhance the natural environment across two thirds of England’s farmland.
  • We fund, manage, and provide scientific expertise for hundreds of conservation projects each year, improving the prospects for thousands of England’s species and habitats.
  • We promote access to the wider countryside, helping establish National Trails and coastal trails and ensuring that the public can enjoy and benefit from them.

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