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Information and Advice for Cumbria's Sustainability Communities


Welcome to Cumbria’s Sustainability Network where you can meet like-minded groups from other parts of our historic county and play your part in building a movement to reduce carbon emissions and ensure that Cumbria gets to ‘net zero’ by 2037.  

As the network coordinator, I’m here to help you get started, and as well as linking into the network, I can help you access funding, give advice on how to set up as a group, provide ideas on publicity and promotion and top tips from others’ successes. Our members are involved in developing practical projects to cut carbon and also work to raise awareness of the climate crisis, and encourage their friends and neighbours on ‘doing their bit.’  By working together, we aim to give community groups a stronger voice in influencing policy, both within the Zero Carbon Cumbria Partnership and beyond. 

Join the Sustainability Network ‘Workplace’, come along to our meetings and find out more.

Volunteer Support

The Media Trust have great ideas and suggestions for communicating and creating marketing resources. They also run courses and webinars, some of which are free for charities and community groups. 

This is a really useful resource: 15 digital resources for community groups.

The Cumbria Volunteer Service can support your organisation with advice, workshops and advertising.  If you are looking to recruit, support or keep your volunteers then the CVS can help you

Taking Action

 Hope for the Future is a UK based charity that aims to link community groups with politicians and representatives. The site offers letter templates, advice on policy and action that can link with local and national elections. 

Climate Outreach can support you with communication and reaching your community. They offer a toolkit to support different ways of getting your message across and regularly hold workshops and webinar that support this action. 

The Northern Network – Groundwork connects  Green Community Hubs across the North of England. Shared green spaces such as community farms, parks, fields, and allotments can all help to create thriving and resilient communities. They have the potential to bring people together, enhance prospects, improve health and wellbeing, and even take action on the environment. 

Looking for inspiration? Read a blog from Brampton 2 Zero’s community engagement worker Josh and his experiences with the community in Brampton. 

Useful Links

Grants and Funding Information

Community Climate Grants from ZCC  

The Northern Network – Green Skills Fund

The Northern Network are offering grants to support learning, training and skills development for Green Community Hubs across the North of England.

Funding for community orchards in Westmorland and Furness

W&F have been awarded DEFRA funding for a grant scheme for community orchards, to commemorate the King’s Coronation. A land agreement is required prior to application.
Further publicity and an expression of interest form will be available shortly, but if you are interested in finding out more about the scheme in the meantime, please contact Bronwen Jenkinson

Biodiversity Grants – Kendal

Protecting nature is key to tackling climate change. Biodiversity grants are available for not-for-profit groups or organisations working towards nature recovery in Kendal. To find out more and apply, please visit:
People in discussion at tables in a large hall - event by Peninsula Environmental Action Together during Great Big Green Week 2022.


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