Aroma Catering Foundation

As you will be aware, Aroma was set up for the sole purpose of helping young people in Cumbria access Catering College. We do this through helping with applications, offering mock interviews, and helping prepare people as best we can.


However, the biggest issue in students not moving on to Catering College is the financial implications. With this in mind, Aroma is extremely proud to be able to offer funding for local young people who have a passion for food, and want a career in hospitality, all of which will start at Catering College.

Step 1

Decide what catering establishment or course you would like to attend.

If you would like help or advice with this, please let us know!

Step 2

Once you know what it is you want to do, decide whether or not you will require help from Aroma. Don't forget, we can offer support with interviews as well as offering financial help.

Apply to Aroma for funding

Before you download and complete our funding application form, check that you meet our criteria for receiving funding:

  • You must live, and be applying to a food base course in Cumbria

  • Be between the ages of 15 and 18

  • Have a passion for food and cooking, and want to develop your skill and knowledge 

  • Be open to the idea of support Aroma with it's future events

If you meet all of the above criteria, please complete our 'Application for Funding' form, and send it back to use.

Please be aware, our application window is open at the following times:


Results from the previous funding applications can be found below.


Successful Applicants

Applications for funding are made from young people across Cumbria. Below are successful applicants who have received financial support from Aroma.


English Lakes Culinary Academy

Leaving UVHS 2018

Awarded £390

Bradley Sands

Kendal College

Leaving UVHS 2018

Awarded £667.57


Paul Caulfield

Chefs Catering Apprenticeship

Awarded in 2019


Awarded £200


Alfie Danson

English Lakes Culinary Academy

Leaving UVHS 2018

Awarded £390

Niamh Kelly

English Lakes Culinary Academy

Leaving UVHS 2018


Awarded £390



Barrow Food Bank

In response to Corona Virus

Awarded in 2020


Awarded £400



This is the total amount of money Aroma has so far raised and donated to young people in the local area to help them pursue their dream and passion of working in the hospitality and catering industry.

You can help us by making a donation!

Aroma Catering Foundation

Securing the future of Cumbria cooking