Lake District Environmental Charity offers grants to help fund local projects for COP26 goals.

The Lake District Foundation, a local sustainability and conservation charity wants to support local groups to help meet  COP26. During the Conference, The Lake District Foundation will support up to 20 projects with a grant of up to £500 to help tackle the climate crisis we are facing. One of the main aims of COP26 is to: Adapt to protect communities and natural habitats. The Lake District Foundation are opening our small grants fund of £10,000 to help  achieve that aim. We are inviting local groups,  and communities to help us make a real difference in the Lake District and Cumbria to move us towards the COP26 Goals. 

If you have been inspired by COP26 and feel you have a project that can help the Lake District or Cumbria meet the COP26 targets, come and apply for one of our small grants. Grant applications will open 9am 31st Oct 2021 until 5pm Fri, 12th Nov. We have already had two rounds of zero carbon grants and if you are looking for larger grants subscribe via our website to find out when the 3rd round opens. 

Sarah Swindley, CEO, Lake District Foundation, said: “We are proud to work with communities and organisations  who want to care for the spectacular landscapes, wildlife and cultural heritage of the Lake District. We want to work with inspired groups to really make a difference during COP26”.  

The Lake District Foundation has over 20 years’ experience working with local partners  and are always looking for new ways to work together to help a achieve our goals. Much of the money we give away in grants is raised by local businesses. Please get in touch if you want to help us do more of this.     . There are several different fundraising mechanisms designed to work with your business, including opt-in donations, events, and sponsored products to name a few. If you would like to find out more, please visit the charity’s website, lakedistrictfoundation.org/fundraising-in-your-business or contact Steve Tonkin via email, [email protected].  


Notes to Editors:  

  • The Lake District Foundation, registered charity number 1174201, inspires people to donate to projects that care for the spectacular wildlife, landscapes and cultural heritage of the Lake District and Cumbria.  The LDF supports the delivery of the shared aims of the Lake District National Park Partnership as the main fundraising and grant making partner. This is achieved through innovative and successful fundraising campaigns locally, nationally and internationally. The Lake District Foundation encourages partners to work together to ensure a coordinated approach to fundraising and income generation. For more information visit www.lakedistrictfoundation.org
  • For more information, please contact Steve Tonkin at the Lake District Foundation on: 07731567488 or email [email protected] 


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The Lake District is known for its stunning mountains, fresh air and clean Lakes but we need your help to keep it that way.

The Problem

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Welcome back

The Lake District is now welcoming back visitors. We are delighted you have continued to support and value this special place. 

Whilst you have been away, we have worked alongside partners and businesses to look after our natural world. We hope you enjoy exploring the open spaces and your favourite spots in this spectacular landscape. For guidance on visiting safely, please visit the Lake District National Park website.   

We rely on your support to help to care for the wildlife, landscapes and cultural heritage of the Lake District and Cumbria.  

Find out more about the many ways that you can make a difference today here

The Real Hedge Fund

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We have an ambitious plan want to create or reinstate 4 Kilometres of new hedgerows in the Lake District.

The Real Hedge Fund

Sadly over the last 70 years our hedgerows have become significantly reduced both in the length and in quality. Now seems a really excellent opportunity to engage and support farmers, landowners and communities to reinstate and improve their hedgerows. 

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Help us to fix the Herdwick Sheep Breeders Association Marquee

Following storm damage to a set of marquees that were erected for Loweswater Show on 1 September 2019 The storm caused £10,000 of damage, Herdwick Sheep Breeders Association wish to raise £1,750 to cover half the £2500 excess on their marquee insurance policy.

We granted of £1750 to them via our small grants fund and we are now helping HSBA with this crowdfunder to raise the remaining £1,750.

If this Crowdfunder is successful, HSBA will be in a position to continue supplying the marquees that are a fundamental necessity for such events.

The following organisations make use of their facilities:

Millom & Broughton Agricultural Show
Eskdale Show
Gosforth Show
Wasdale Head Show
Egremont Crab Fair
Ennerdale Show
Loweswater Show
Cockermouth Show
Keswick Show
Threlkeld Sheep Doig Trials
Buttermere Show
Borrowdale Show

Without the marquees some of these show may not be able to run.

Please donate now to let us raise £1750

Orrest Head

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The view from Orrest Head is spectacular, but not everyone can get there to enjoy it because the top section of path is too steep and difficult.

We want to create an alternative path to this special viewpoint suitable for people with limited mobility, including people with powered-wheelchairs and families with pushchairs.

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Kendal Mountain Festival and The Lake District Foundation are excited to announce an innovative partnership to raise funds for conservation. Festival goers are able to donate to a new fund hosted by the Foundation, supporting the joint mission to look after our natural world and inspire others to share the many benefits of life outdoors.

Donations will be split between World Land Trust, local community conservation projects and projects involving young people. With the Festival attracting over 16,000 visitors in 2018 the potential to make a real difference is enormous. 

Sarah Swindley CEO of the LDF says:

“We hope to work with the team and supporters of the Festival for the long term, developing a fund that can achieve transformational change, throughout the region and beyond. We know that our values align and we have a shared passion for inspiring others to protect and experience the wonder of the natural world. The Lake District has always been a catalyst for change and progress in outdoor adventure and we think that there are many opportunities for this partnership to develop. 

Jacqui Scott, CEO of the Kendal Mountain Festival says:

“We are delighted to align the Festival with the Lake District Foundation. The generation of these funds will provide us with new opportunities to engage with new conservation projects whilst inspiring young people; who we believe have the intuition, creativity and bravery to find solutions to protect the environment. We know that our audience are passionate about protecting mountain landscapes and enabling others to experience their beauty and will be delighted to support this partnership and help with the generation of funds to care for these precious environments.”

Red Squirrel Campaign

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Red squirrels: charming, charismatic, an icon of the Cumbrian landscape, immortalised through Beatrix Potter’s Squirrel Nutkin. Cumbria is the best county to see wild red squirrels in northern England. We know that 80% of red squirrel conservation effort is being carried out by volunteer groups across the north. Without this passion and commitment, we will lose reds within 10-20 years.

Fix the Fells contributors Wilkinson Financial Management get wet and dirty with the volunteers

Wilkinson Financial Management got more than they bargained for on a day out with Fix the Fells. Working in the Langdale valley the 6 strong team joined a Fix the Fells volunteer path repair team to work high up on the Lake District mountainside.

After a few weeks of glorious weather the team arrived to traditional Lakeland weather with low fog and heavy rain forecast. Undaunted the teams set off up the fellside to Browney Ghyll path in Oxendale Langdale, to see first-hand the work of Fix the Fells volunteers carrying out essential repairs to the Sickle Ghyll paths.

Richard Wilkinson, Wilkinson Financial Management Practice Manager says “It was a pleasure to be out witnessing the hard work of the volunteers. It was eye opening to see the amount of time, effort and artistry which goes into preventing footpath erosion on the fells.”

Steve Tonkin, Fix the Fells Fundraiser, says, “I’m constantly humbled by our contributors –they work hard to raise money for us and then to go out and get stuck in. It is just amazing”

Support the Lake District

Support the Lake District

Donate towards the National Park, and help us keep the Lake District spectacular.

Donate towards our National Park, and all the funds raised will help maintain more than 3,100km of paths and bridleways.

Millions of visitors, combined with our Cumbrian climate, means the National Park are constantly carrying out improvements and maintenance. By making a donation today, you can help us raise funds to look after this spectacular place now and in the future.

You can choose to support the Lake District by selecting a place, project or person you wish to sponsor – or by making a one-off donation.

Leave a legacy
If you are donating in memory of a loved one or in celebration of a special occasion, you can add a simple engraved plaque to a finger post, gate, stile or bridge and choose whether to add a message to our memorial and celebration web page.

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