The Lake District Foundation Fund provides grants to projects that care for the spectacular landscapes, wildlife and cultural heritage of the Lake District and Cumbria.
When you make a donation to the Lake District Foundation you are supporting high-impact evidence-based projects that are of urgent priority.
Funding decisions are made by a grant-making panel. We are open to creative and innovative ideas that have a measurable and sustainable impact. We are particularly keen to support projects that link to our World Heritage Inscription.
Some recently funded projects from the LDF Fund include:
Fix the Fells is a partnership programme between the Lake District National Park, National Trust, Natural England, Lake District Foundation, Friends of the Lake District and Cumbria County Council to repair erosion scars which have developed over the years, and to make sure that these scars are prevented in the future.
The Lake District fells are enjoyed by millions of walkers every year but the high level paths can be surprisingly fragile and the sheer number of visitors leave a mark on the landscape. Over time grass is compacted by heavy foot traffic and dies. Heavy rainfall quickly washes away the exposed soil down the steep slopes into streams, rivers and eventually the lakes, where the increased amount of silt causes havoc for fish and other species.
The work being done aims to prevent this loss of grass and soil by designing and creating paths that are resilient to wear and tear and reduce the impact on the surrounding landscape. On steep slopes you may see ‘pitching’ where stone has been laid, while on less steep slopes the paths may have been repaired by a ‘soil inversion’ technique with the aid of a digger.