Friends of the Lake District Environmental Improvement Grant Fund – guidance 2017 

Friends of the Lake District’s Environmental Improvement Grant (EIG) has been running for many years and funds small scale projects and works that will enhance the landscape, connect people with it and aid their enjoyment of it. 


In order to be eligible for a grant, your project must:

  • be located within, or demonstrate clear links to the Lake District and Cumbria;
  • conserve and enhance the landscape of the Lake District and Cumbria, and/or
  • enable people to connect with /enjoy the landscape;
  • Be accessible to the public.
  • You or your organisation must have a bank account and, if you are a community group or charity, formal terms of reference. 

What will the grant fund? 

Our grants in the past have covered broad areas. The most important thing is that they must contribute to the landscape and its enjoyment in some way. We are interested in projects that: 

  • improve or enhance the landscape, flora, fauna and cultural heritage of Cumbria
  • research, restore, raise awareness of cultural or historic features or assets
  • improve opportunities for people to connect with the landscape, access and enjoy the area, especially for those who may not otherwise have the opportunity to do so
  • research, interpret, celebrate or raise awareness of the special qualities of the area in a sensitive and appropriate manner
  • promote participation in traditional rural skills
  • involve the local community or volunteers
  • make the county and its communities more sustainable so there are less landscape impacts. 

Projects may include:

  • Hedgerows: includes planting, laying and maintenance
  • Walls: renewal and repair of dry-stone walls, new walls instead of fences, etc
  • Tree planting & woodlands: tree planting in woodlands, gardens, greens, schools etc as well as conversion from coniferous to native broadleaved.
  • Path/Access/Bridges: includes repairs, new pathways, disability access and new access gates.
  • Landscape and wildlife Gardens: includes sensory, environmental awareness and community gardens though the bulk is in school grounds
  • Heritage features: includes restoration of features such as pumps, wells, cobbles, limekilns, cast iron signposts
  • Landscape restoration and enhancement: enhancement to landscape areas such as bogs and moors, also village greens, ponds, millennium gardens, other village areas and common land
  • Interpretation/Local Design (eg. Parish Maps, Design Statements): information leaflets, information maps, apps, development of Parish Plans etc
  • Sustainability Projects, eg small scale hydro, biomass.

We will not fund:

  • Individual applicants.
  • Works on private land where there is no public access
  • Retrospective works.
  • Ongoing maintenance, eg grass cutting
  • Village halls or other community buildings unless clear cultural heritage significance.
  • Applicants who have a bad track record
  • Projects or applicants which conflict with Friends of the Lake District's policy principles, eg permanent fell fencing, infrastructure in the open countryside, large scale development.
  • Grants for land purchase by other organisations
  • Non cast iron signposts.
  • Children’s playgrounds.
  • Grants for a repeat project, eg extension of a project already funded.
  • Projects eligible for funding from public sources, eg Countryside Stewardship.


Grant awards will normally be in the range of £100 - £2000.

We will require applicants to have some form of match funding – cash or volunteer time.

You will be required to sign an agreement stating that your project will meet Friends of the Lake District's aims of protecting and enhancing the landscape and access to it.

Payments will be made on completion of the project and satisfactory completion of a project reporting form.

We reserve the right to reclaim grant monies if the project is not carried out as agreed.

Applying for a grant

You'll need to download and complete an application form. If you’d like to discuss your project before completing the form please do not hesitate to contact us for an informal chat. Speak to Jan Darrall on 01539 720788 or email [email protected]


Additional information:

Download Friends of the Lake District Environmental Improvement Grant Fund – guidance 2017 (Word document)

Download Reporting Template (for completion and submission at the end of your project)