Lakes Distillery makes splash with clean water scheme

Funding is available to community groups keen to be kind to lakes and rivers across Cumbria.

Lake District Foundation has joined forces with The Lakes Distillery to launch a £25k funding pot for projects that enhance and conserve water quality.

The Lakes Distillery Water Fund is designed to support community and volunteer-led groups in their efforts to deliver water quality schemes.

Funding is available thanks to fantastic fundraising efforts and donations from The Lakes Distillery which can be found on the banks of the River Derwent.

Staff from the company will also be on hand to donate their time by helping at some of the successful projects.

Sarah Smith, Lake District Foundation Operations Manager, said: “We are delighted to launch this new Water Grant Fund thanks to the generosity of The Lakes Distillery. We are keen to award funding to the very best community-led projects in the Lake District which make a lasting improvement to water quality in our rivers and lakes.”

Nigel Mills, co-founder and CEO at The Lakes Distillery, said “As part of The Lake District community, our sense of responsibility is long-standing but trying to do good within the distillery alone is not nearly enough. That is why we are excited to be able to support the fantastic work Sarah and the team at The Foundation do to protect and care for our National Park.

“Working towards a common goal, we cannot wait to see the projects that come out of the Water Fund, and for our team to have the chance to spend time helping to deliver some of them.”

Projects must focus on water quality in the Lake District and demonstrate that they will contribute to at least one of the following objectives: pollution prevention and mitigation, habitat creation and protection, invasive species control, species conservation or education.

Lake District Foundation welcomes applications from community organisations that meet set criteria.

The total pot size is £25,000 and applications are welcomed for projects valued at £5,000.

The Fund opens for applications on 7 February and the closing date is 21 March.

Details and how to apply here.

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