Grants available to young people for environmental projects in Yorkshire Dales

The Youth Environmental Action Fund gives grants for young people to carry out projects that make a difference in the community.

Grants of up to £1,000 are now available through Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust’s Youth Environmental Action Fund – but you need to apply by February 3.

The scheme provides cash and support for 11 to 24 year olds to set up and deliver small projects that will raise environmental awareness or improve the natural environment in the Yorkshire Dales and surrounding areas.

It has already funded projects such as school recycling initiatives, wildlife gardens and meadows, community art and dance performances, eco markets and the release of young eels into the River Rawthey in Sedbergh.

This is the final round of grants the scheme will be making available.

Fiona Busfield, project officer at YDMT said: “It’s a real pleasure to be able to give groups of enthusiastic young people a helping hand in putting put their eco ideas into practice.

“Over the last five years, we have awarded more than £15,000 to around 21 projects and we know they make a real difference to their young person’s local environment.

“We encourage people to think outside the box; so if you have an idea that you believe can have an impact then get in touch. This is the final round of grants we will be providing so this is your last chance to take advantage. Time is running out to apply!”

Grants of between £50 and £1,000 are available to cover up to 100 per cent of the cost of running events, meetings or workshops aiming to shine a light on issues in local communities, or to purchase resources for practical environmental work that will improve the local natural environment.

Applicants need to be aged between 11 and 24-years-old and based in the Yorkshire Dales National Park, including the new extension areas, or areas of North Yorkshire bordering the Park.

The fund is part of the Green Futures programme which aims to empower and support the ambitious and capable young people of Yorkshire and Lancashire to become more involved, aware and connected to the fantastic natural environment that’s right on their doorstep.

Green Futures is part of Our Bright Future, a £33 million programme funded by the National Lottery Community Fund and led by The Wildlife Trusts that aims to tackle three big challenges facing society today – a lack of social cohesion, a lack of opportunities for young people and vulnerability to climate change.

Cath Hare, programme manager for Our Bright Future, added: “The YDMT Youth Environmental Action Fund is such an empowering opportunity for young people to make their creative ideas a reality.

“If you’re saddened by what you see in the news and want to make a difference for the environment, grab this opportunity with both hands.”

The next deadline for applications for the Youth Environmental Action Fund is 5pm on Monday 3 February.

To find out more please visit www.ydmt.org/action-fund or contact Fiona Busfield at Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust on 015242 51002 or email fiona.busfield@ydmt.org