Friends of the Lake District have been giving grants to help the environment for over 70 years. The first grant we gave was in 1943 for the purchase of Hobcarton Crag. Since that time, with the help of funding from our benefactor Mr Kirkby, we have contributed to over 600 projects throughout Cumbria, from school nature areas to major woodland creation projects and contributions to organisations to buy land for everyone to enjoy in the future.

Impacts of our Grant Scheme:

  • over 600 grants awarded to help enhance and safeguard the landscape, environment and cultural heritage of Cumbria
  • getting young people involved in the environment through school wildlife gardens
  • over £1 million spent on looking after and improving the landscape of Cumbria and the Lake District by the Friends, with local communities and other partners

Without the initial support from the Friends, I doubt whether we could have got the ball rolling. By you recognising my dream and agreeing to sponsor one show piece signpost restoration, this has provided the impetus to rolling out the replacement and refurbishment programme. So thank you Friends of the Lake District, you have provided us with the means to a lasting legacy, the benefits for all visitors to and through Eden Valley to plainly see whether on foot, by car, on horseback or cycle.

'Discover Cumbria Grant' details and application guidance

'Environmental Improvement Grant' details and application guidance