Kendal Town Council

Kendal Town Council Grants

Each year, the Town Council makes a significant number of grants to organisations whose activities are of direct benefit to the residents of Kendal.  Historically, two types of assistance are offered: General Grants and Festival Grants; a standard set of criteria apply to both types: Grants Criteria 2021-22  in November 2020 a Biodiversity Grant was launched and is outlined below.

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 2021.  We encourage early applications, preferably by 31 September 2020, 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 2021-22 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 and the Comic Arts Festival to name just a few.

Applications for festival grants for 2021/22 should be submitted, preferably by 31 October 2020, on the following form:
Festival Grant Application Form 2021-22 by e-mail to

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

2019/20 Grants

In 2019/20, the Council approved the following grants:

General Grants

Organisation Grant
“One Voice” Kendal & South Lakes Centre for Independent Living 1,500
1127 Squadron (Kendal) Air Training Corp 1,000
Abbot Hall – Lakeland Arts Trust 3,000
Fairoak Housing Association 500
Great North Air Ambulance 750
Growing Well 500
Kendal Brewery Arts Centre 10,000
Kendal Brewery Arts Centre 500
Kendal Community Theatre 500
Manna House 3,000
North West Air Ambulance 750
Outside In 2,000
Right2Work 290
South Lakes Hydrotherapy Pool 3,000
South Cumbria Breastfeeding Support 1,000
South Lakes Citizens Advice Bureau 5,000
South Lakes Equality & Diversity Partnership 100
The Birchall Trust 750
The Quaker Tapestry at Kendal 2,000
Clubs & Societies
10th Kendal Scouts 500
Abbot Hall Bowling Club 50
Danceability 100
Kendal Lads & Girls Club 450
Kendal Millenium Playing Fields 500
Riversiders Trust 750
With Singing in Mind 500
Total 38,990


Festival Grants 2019/20
Organisation Grant
Kendal Torchight Procession 5,000
Lakes Arts Festivals 5,000
Kendal Mountain Festival 5,000
Mary Wakefield Festival 500
Kendal Windows on Art 750
Christmas Tree Festival – Kendal Parish Church 500
Lakes Alive – LDNPA 5,000
AWAZ Cumbria – Kendal Unity Festival 2,000
Kendal Rugby Club – Winter Festival 1,500
Kendal Wool Gathering 2,500
Kendal Torchlight Anniversary 1,000
Mountain Film Festival Anniversary 1,000
Total 29,750

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.  The current capital value of these funds is around £14,000; grants are paid using the income from investment of this money.

Grant requests from people or organisations from within Kendal will be considered by the Council, providing the planned use is linked to the promotion of education within Kendal.  Application is by letter to Kendal Town Council Treasurer.

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 in Kendal.

Read a recent success story related to this grant