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Grants available for groups in the Dales

Grants available for groups in the Dales

Published by The Stray FM News Team at 8:26am 13th September 2017. (Updated at 11:25am 14th September 2017)

Grants of up to £1500 are being made available to help community groups in and around the Yorkshire Dales to develop new and existing initiatives that benefit local people.

Local charity Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust will distribute funds through the Roger Stott Community Grant programme to support small voluntary organisations and community groups with an annual income of less than £30,000.

The aim is to deliver real benefits to communities across the region.

Funding can be used to cover revenue expenses such as staff costs, rent or training, or for capital investment in assets such as furniture, computers or catering equipment.

No match-funding is required, so groups can apply for up to 100% of the total project costs.

The grant programme was launched in March 2016 in memory of Roger Stott, the founding Chairman of YDMT.

Since then 42 grants totalling just over £50,000 have been awarded to support a wide variety of projects that are making a real difference to local people in and around the Yorkshire Dales and Nidderdale.

Tanya St. Pierre, YDMT Project Officer, said: “The region is home to many passionate and dedicated individuals with great ideas that have the potential to deliver real benefits to their local community.

"We can help to get these ideas off the ground and become a reality.

"I’m looking forward to receiving proposals for projects that will have a big impact for communities in and around the Yorkshire Dales and Nidderdale.

Recent successful applications came from the Yorkshire Dales Young Archaeologists Club, Thornton Rust Institute, Sedbergh Community Swifts, and Langcliffe Community Garden Trust (pictured).

David Croll from the Langcliffe Community Garden Trust, said: “The Roger Stott Community Grant provided the tree seat in the centre of our community garden.

"The seat really has the 'Wow' factor - everyone comments on it and it has become the focal point of the community garden."

Find out more: www.ydmt.org/resources