Grants of up to £2,000 available to Richmondshire community groups helping during coronavirus pandemic

Grants of up to £2,000 are now available to community groups and local charities in Richmondshire.

Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust (YDMT) is expanding its Roger Stott Community Grants programme to support the people and communities of the Dales during the COVID-19 crisis.

It has teamed up with Two Ridings Community Foundation to enable local grassroots charitable organisations and community groups to help people stay healthy, safe and connected.

The partnership’s Coronavirus Community Fund will provide grants of up to £2,000 for groups across Richmondshire and Craven.

Its focus is to help people through this unprecedented time and to deal with emergency issues as a result of the continuing threat of coronavirus.

Support is available for those who are preparing to respond and continue their work in a difficult work environment, the development of initiatives to fill gaps for people and places where there are no current suitable services and groups that provide vital community support to maintain some level of viability through these uncertain times where they are experiencing a significant loss of income.

Priority will be given to groups supporting those most vulnerable including older people, people with long term health conditions, people with mental health difficulties, people affected by homelessness and other groups who are particularly vulnerable at this time.

Jan Garrill, chief executive, Two Ridings Community Foundation, said: “Now more than ever local organisations like YDMT and Two Ridings need to work together to help groups in Craven and Richmondshire access much needed funds to support their efforts to keep local residents fed, safe, well and connected.

“I am pleased we can join forces to make a difference locally.”

YDMT’s grant programme already makes a significant difference to the community and this new partnership will see both organisations reach those who need it most.

Recent support, for example, has allowed Reeth & District Community Transport to tackle the lack of transport for those in need in the area.

Gail Hall, from the group, said: “We are even more rushed at the moment; being the main hub in Swaledale and Arkengarthdale to provide food, prescriptions and whatever else is needed to our communities during these strange times.

“Your support has helped us to stay open and provide this essential service.”

The Clapham-based charity, which is supported by players of People’s Postcode Lottery, has awarded nearly £125,000 over the last four years in grants.

 Applications for the grants are now open and quick decisions are made on a weekly basis.

For more information please contact Michaela Brennan on 015242 51002, email info@ydmt.org or visit ydmt.org where forms and application notes can be found.