BUDDING writers in Cumbria can apply for a helping hand to get their projects off the ground.

Three bursaries of £1,000 are available for those writing a book which is ‘mostly about’ the county.

It follows the successful launch of the Hunter Davies Bursaries last year, and is available for writers of any age, through the Cumbria Community Foundation.

Mr Davies, who will be on the judging panel alongside Cumbria Tourism chairman Eric Robson and Kirkby Stephen publisher Dawn Robertson, is looking forward to receiving applications.

He said: “The idea is to support anyone financially with a worthwhile idea. Perhaps pay for their research time, writing time or towards publishing their book.

“It will be an encouragement, we hope, for them to carry on - though it is hoped that they are so in love with their subject that they would have carried on anyway. The bursary will give them a little push, and a little bit of money.”

The deadline for applications is May 10. For more information visit www.cumbriafoundation.org