Funding boost to cut carbon in Cumbria

Community groups and businesses wishing to reduce their carbon footprint can apply for funding.

Low Carbon Lake District Grants is now open with another £200k available for projects which are designed to cut carbon. 

The Lake District Foundation is delighted to offer grants to community groups and small to medium sized businesses thanks to support from the European Regional Development Fund.

Two rounds of funding have already seen grants allocated to projects across Cumbria.

These include solar panels and energy saving lighting at businesses, food waste composters at hotels, and new eco refrigerators at village shops.

Sarah Smith, from The Lake District Foundation said: “We are delighted to offer this third round of funding for a scheme which is already making real progress in cutting carbon in Cumbria.

“We would invite community groups and small to medium sized businesses from a range of sectors who are keen to cut carbon to register now. This is your chance to make a difference to the sustainability of Cumbria, to create a greener future.”

Applications will be reviewed by an independent expert panel. Businesses will need to operate within Cumbria.

One business which has benefited already is Embleton Spa Hotel in north Cumbria which has been supported to get a new food waste composter.

The hotel is now able to compost all its food waste – stopping it from going to landfill – and creating compost.

Cool at composting – Embleton Spa Hotel

Ali Dixon from Embleton Spa Hotel (pictured above) said: “We’d like to thank The Lake District Foundation and their partners for the grant funding they have provided to enable this project. Initiatives like this are of vital importance in making the significant changes required to combat climate change.

More details and to apply here: Low Carbon Lake District Grants – Lake District Foundation

The Low Carbon Lake District initiative is a comprehensive programme to help tackle climate change in the National Park, working in partnership with local businesses and communities to reduce greenhouse gases and prepare for the impacts of climate change.

Led by the Lake District National Park Authority, other key partners include the Lake District Foundation, the National Trust, South Lakeland District Council and Cumbria Tourism.

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