The Friends of Chances Park are supported by...

Heritage Lottery Fund & The Big Lottery Fund

Parks for People England – Heritage Lottery Fund & the big lottery fund Chance’s Park is on track for a major transformation, after receiving a £869,467.00 National Lottery grant to back exciting regeneration plans.

Carlisle City Council

The money from the joint Parks for People programme will help to make the park fit for the 21st century. Carlisle City Council, Morton Community Centre and the Friends of Chance’s Park will use the funding to progress the £1.18 million scheme and will make the park more accessible for visitors, opening up new views and improving pathways. It will be used to reinstate original features such as the ha-ha, Medieval ridge and furrow meadowland and the Georgian garden; entrances, pathways and lighting will also be improved. New features and community facilities will also be put in place including a new seated viewpoint and a new avenue of trees.

Partnership Funding for regeneration

Carlisle City Council have contributed £40,000.00 towards match funding of the lottery grant

Cumrbia County Council

Morton Neighbourhood forum £2,000.00 & also Carlisle Local Committee made a grant of £5,000.00 in respect of funding towards the cost of the development of Chances Park. Morton Neighbourhood forum have also awarded £1,000 towards producing educational leaflets.


Biffaward Board awarded us £22,000.00 the project will increase the parks biodiversity and attraction through physical improvements and restore habitat restoration – City Council made the 10% contribution required – Biffa money comes from land fill communities fund (LCF) the LCF regulator, ENTRUST, ensures are awarded and managed according to the government’s regulations. The Friends are members of ENTRUST & have their own environmental policy but also abide by the City Councils environmental policy.

Cumbria Biodiversity Partnership

The Friends are also affiliated members of Cumbria Wildlife Trust in Kendal they also are part of Cumbria Biodiversity Partnership who have given us a grant for £1,000 for workshops where we involved the after school club in building and erecting bird/bat boxes.

Cumbria Waste Management

With The Help Of Cumbria Waste management we were able to drain a designated football area on Chances Park – this area was to flooded area and aqualified contractor installed a special “gravel banding pipe system”. Weknew immediately the project was a success as the children were using thesight even before we had the goalposts up!

Cumbria Community Foundation Grassroots Committee

Cumbria Community Foundation Grass Roots Committee – awarded £5,000 over three years to help project manage the regeneration process.


Inpsira supported young people working at Chances Park with volunteers from Friends who were doing the Citizen’s Award. They cleaned bird boxes, painted benches and signage – they also undertook some gardening.

Big Lottery Fund

The Big Lottery Fund award has helped us produce educational and activity materials for Chances Park users, this includes the park Activity Sheets