Funding and Business Support

If you are looking to set up a business or interested in business support, please contact:


Information and Communication Technology Improvement Support (ICTIS)

Support is currently available for small and medium sizes enterprises across Cumbria that have the ambition to deliver superior levels of performance through the adoption of digital technology.  To find out more contact digitalcumbria@winningmoves.com or 01228 934 001. Winning Moves.

Funding Programmes

Cumbria County Council also provides support in administering the following programmes:

Status: Closed

The Rural Development Programme for England 2014-2020 was funded by the Government and the EU through the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development.  The LEADER approach is a 'bottom-up' way of delivering rural development programmes - focusing on the local area and local organisations.

In Cumbria, it was delivered by Cumbria County Council through two local action groups: Cumbria Fells and Dales and Solway, Border and Eden. 

The programme is now closed. Evaluations and the combined success of both programmes:

2014 to 2020 Solway, Border and Eden LEADER Programme (PDF 901KB)

2014 to 2020 Cumbria Fells and Dales LEADER Programme (PDF 1MB)

Cumbria Fells and Dales, Solway, Border and Eden approved projects (EXCEL 55KB)

Status: Accepting applications

The Copeland Community Fund was an agreement negotiated with the Government to recognise the service the Borough provide to the nation by hosting the Low Level Waste Repository close to the village of Drigg. The £1.5million that Nuclear Decommissioning Authority pay every year is to be spent on projects in Copeland for the benefit of residents and to help generate future income.

Copeland Community Fund

Status: Contact Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership for information

The Cumbria Infrastructure Fund is part of the national Growing Places initiative. It offers funding to support infrastructure projects which unlock development, creating jobs and homes in Cumbria. 

It operates as a challenge fund, scoring applications against given criteria and selecting the best available projects for the county.  For more information please contact Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership.

Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership.

Status: closed

The UK Community Renewal Fund comprises £220 million of investment across the UK and will be the pre-cursor to the UK Shared Prosperity Fund to be launched in 2022 which replaces EU Structural Funds.  

This Fund aims to support people and communities most in need across the UK to pilot programmes and new approaches and will invest in skills, community and place, local business, and supporting people into employment.  

More information about the Fund

A list of projects approved by Government.