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.

Leaving UVHS 2018

Awarded £390

English Lakes Culinary Academy


Leaving UVHS 2018

Awarded £667.57

Kendal College

Bradley Sands


Awarded in 2019


Awarded £200


Chefs Catering Apprenticeship

Paul Caulfield

Leaving UVHS 2018

Awarded £390

English Lakes Culinary Academy

Alfie Danson

Leaving UVHS 2018


Awarded £390


English Lakes Culinary Academy

Niamh Kelly


Awarded in 2020


Awarded £400


In response to Corona Virus

Barrow Food Bank


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


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