Funding Criteria And How To Apply

CUMBRIA OVERSEAS AID TRUST (COAT) FUNDING CRITERIA 

Projects presented for funding are considered flexibly against the following criteria:

  • Projects which contribute in some way to the relief of poverty and which will have some long-term and sustainable benefits to a local community.
  • Projects where it is possible to get some feedback following expenditure of the grant so this feedback could be used to educate and better inform both trustees and the local Cumbrian population where appropriate through talks etc.
  • Projects where there is some local Cumbrian connection, either through individuals involved or the origins of the organisation.
  • Projects where COAT’s contribution can be clearly identified in costed proposals and/or trustees can be confident as to the viability and integrity of the project.
  • Projects should be non-party in politics and non-sectarian in religion.
  • The usual ceiling for a COAT grant would be £2000, subject to trustees discretion. However, most grants given are for less than £1000.

                                                          HOW TO APPLY

For environmental reasons, applications by e-mail are preferred. Please send a message via the “Contact us” page on this website, giving your name and email address, a brief outline of your project and how much money you are requesting, whether the project has started, the progress of your fundraising so far and the size of your organisation where applicable. Please also state if you have any links to Cumbria as, whenever possible, we prefer to support projects with a local link.

If your project looks suitable for COAT to consider, we will email you asking you for more details of your project. Details will need to include a breakdown of the costs so that we can see exactly what our money would be used for. Also, we would like to know what feedback you would be able to provide us with (eg photos).

If you are unable to send emails, please post applications to Sue Buckwell, Secretary of COAT, Old Park Cottage, Isel, Cockermouth, CA13 9ST.