Kendal Town Council Grants

Kendal Town Council

Each year, the Town Council makes a significant number of grants to organisations whose activities are of direct benefit to the residents of Kendal.  Two types of assistance are offered: General Grants and Festival Grants; a standard set of criteria apply to both types:

Grants Criteria 2018-19

General Grants

General grants are available for charities and not for profit organisations, such as clubs and associations.  No grants are made to individuals, political organisations, religious bodies, local schools or parent/teacher organisations.  The Council welcomes applications to fund projects as well as running costs, but expects the organisation to raise significant funds itself.

A wide range of organisations have benefited from our funding, from the Brewery Arts Centre and Citizens Advice Bureau to smaller voluntary groups and clubs such as the Lads and Girls Club and the Lions Club.

Organisations are invited for the financial year starting in April 2018.  We encourage early applications, preferably by 31 August 2017, so that we can assess the impact on the Council’s budget.

Applications for general grants should be submitted on the following form:
General Grant Application Form 2018-19
by e-mail to

Applications must be accompanied by a recent set of audited accounts.

Festival Grants

The Town Council supports key festivals throughout the year, such as the Torchlight Procession, Kendal Mountain Festival, Comic Arts Festival and the Festival of Food.

Applications for festival grants for 2018/19 should be submitted, preferably by 31 August 2017, on the following form:
Festival Grant Application Form 2018-19
by e-mail to

Applications must be accompanied by a recent set of audited accounts.

2016/17 Grants

In 2016/17, the Council approved the following grants:

General Grants 2016/17
Organisation Grant
Kendal Brewery Arts Centre 8,000
Abbot Hall – Lakeland Arts Trust 1,000
1127 Squadron (Kendal)
Air Training Corp
Great North Air Ambulance 1,000
“One Voice” – Kendal & South Lakes Centre for Independent Living 1,500
The Quaker Tapestry at Kendal 3,000
Kendal Community Theatre 1,500
South Lakes Citizens Advice Bureau 5,000
Sandgate Hydrotherapy Pool 2,500
Kendal Sea Cadets Corps 900
Right2Work 400
South Lakes Foyer Residents 540
Step by Step 1,000
Lakes Line Community Rail Partnership 150
Clubs & Societies:
Abbot Hall Public Bowling Club 50
Kendal Lads & Girls Club 965
Kendal & District Lions Club 150
Dance Ability 100
Cumbria Festival Chorus 500
With Singing In Mind 500
Hallgarth Young People’s Organisation 1,500
Kendal Rugby Club 1,000
Kendal Millennium Playing Fields 1,000
Kendal-Rinteln Association 500
Total 34,381


Festival Grants 2016/17
Organisation Grant
Kendal Torchlight Procession 5,000
Lakes Arts Festivals 5,000
Kendal Mountain Festival 5,000
Kendal Windows on Art 750
Rotary Club – Fireworks Display 3,500
Kendal Wool Gathering 1,500
Artfest North 200
Kendal Festival of Food 5,000
Christmas Tree Festival 500
LDNPA – Lakes Alive 7,500
Total 33,950

Educational Grants

Town Councillors act as the Trustees of the Schools of Science and Arts Charity, which is able to make modest grants to people or organisations within Kendal for the purpose of the promotion of education in the town.  Application is by letter to Kendal Town Council Treasurer.  The current balance of these funds is around £14,000. Grant requests from people or organisations from within Kendal from this charity will be considered by the Council, providing its use is linked to the promotion of education within Kendal.

Formed between 1992 and 1993, the Schools of Science and Art charity is the result of an amalgamation of seven older charities all with the common aim of promoting education on Kendal. These were:

  • Schools of Science and Art (Sales Proceeds) – history unknown
  • Sleddall’s Green Coat Charity
  • William Gardiner Memorial Prize Fund
  • The Inglis Prizes
  • Augmentation of Librarian’s Salary Fund
  • Working Men’s Special Book Funds – history unknown
  • Allen Special Book Fund

Sleddall’s Green Coat Charity was set up in 1975 by merging the Sleddall Green Coat School Charity, founded by the will of William Sleddall dated 11th. August 1801: with the Elizabeth Brownrigg Charity, founded by the will of Elizabeth Brownrigg in April 1895.

The William Gardiner Memorial Prize Fund was established in 1945 by the balance of a fund created in memory of William Gardiner. He was the former Head Teacher of Kendal Green School, and the fund’s aim was to provide “annual book prizes for successful scholars of the Kendal Elementary Schools in the Minor Scholarship Examination. Mr Gardiner, affectionately known as ‘Boss Gardiner’ by scholars, was instrumental in improving the standard of local education. During his headship, attendance at the primary school soared and a new wing had to be built to accommodate the influx of pupils.

The Inglis Prizes charity was established in 1879 by the Rev. John Inglis.

James Allen was a Kirkby Lonsdale-born draper who ran his business in Kendal for over 60 years, and after his death, he bequeathed nearly £25,000, which formed two of the original charities, – the Augmentation of the Librarian’s Salary Fund and the Allen Special Book Fund. Allen’s trustees donated £10,000 of this money for the building of the Allen Institute in 1912.

Grants Approved