Community Fund

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The Trust grants each year a minimum of £20,000 to many Cumbrian projects. Each grant may vary from £50 to £5000, this allows flexibility to respond to small community based projects and also larger more ambitious projects. Several of the projects supported receive an annual grant, applied for each year resulting in some well established relationships.

The giving is to represent giving back to the community in which Dobies businesses have thrived for over 50 years. Staff, customers, suppliers have all supported Dobies and the Trust is a vehicle to repay that support and distribute money back into the community with maximum impact, where the need is greatest.

Sarah Newton receives applications via the contact form, direct to her email – or by writing to her at the Lillyhall Business Park. The criteria to guide the direction of giving is to smaller community based organisations delivering at the heart of the community. There have been donations to national charities but only on the condition the money is spent in Cumbria. Please look at the past beneficiaries to gain an insight into the wide variety of organisations supported.