Grants available to Yorkshire Dales community organisations

Grants are now available for local organisations in the Yorkshire Dales to make a difference to their communities.

The Roger Stott Community Grants Programme, which is managed by Clapham-based Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust (YDMT), provides grants of between £250 and £1,500 for voluntary organisations and community groups with an annual income of less than £30,000, and can be used to develop both new and existing initiatives.

Supported by players of People’s Postcode Lottery, over the last three years the scheme has awarded more than £104,000 to almost ninety projects.

Recent awards include £1,300 for Reeth and Community Transport to provide residents of rural Swaledale with low-cost transport, and the Skipton Refugee Support Group, which received £875 to promote awareness of refugee issues across secondary schools in Craven.

Michaela Brennan, Roger Stott community grants officer, said: “We’re looking forward to receiving many more exciting proposals for projects that will have a big impact for communities in or near the Yorkshire Dales National Park and in the Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

“It’s a quick and easy application process and the grant can be used for capital items or revenue costs.”

The Roger Stott Community Grants programme was launched in March 2016 in memory of the charity’s founding Chairman.

Grants can cover revenue expenses such as staff costs, rent or training, or be used for capital such as furniture, computers or catering equipment, to name just a few. No match-funding is required, so groups can apply for up to 100% of the total project costs.

The closing date for this round of applications is 5pm on Monday 28 October.

Visit www.ydmt.org/community-grants to download the application form, guidance notes and map of the eligible area.