£50,000 For Dales Communities

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Date of issue: 13 June 2017

Grants totalling more than £50,000 have been awarded to support projects that will help bring communities together across the region, thanks to the Roger Stott Community Grants programme.

Run by Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust (YDMT), the programme provides small grants to support a diverse range of community initiatives that benefit local people across the Yorkshire Dales.

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.

Recent successful applications range from improvements to village halls, play parks, community gardens and sports grounds, to providing financial support for a young archaeology group and a cycling event taking place in Sedbergh on 1 & 2 July.

Stuart Wetherell, from Sedbergh Cycling Festival, said: “The Festival will be the biggest family event of the year in Sedbergh, and we hope that it will be a great boost for the local community and economy. We hope to help improve health and well-being by getting more people active and riding their bikes. Working with British Cycling we’ll be holding a cycling sportive, inter-school cycling competition and guided mountain biking, plus children’s entertainment including a bouncy castle and competitions, music and live entertainment. The Roger Stott grant from YDMT has been essential in ensuring that this year’s Festival will take place.”

A community befriending service in Embsay and Eastby has also benefitted, and a group in Sedbergh have received funding to install nest boxes for swifts and a webcam to allow local people to take a closer look.

Tanya St. Pierre, YDMT Project Officer, said: “It is a pleasure to be able to support such a diverse range of initiatives. Thanks to a quick and easy application process we’re able to support passionate local people across the region to continue or kick-start initiatives that make a real difference in their local communities.”

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, to name just a few. Small voluntary organisations and community groups with an annual income of less than £30,000 can apply. No match-funding is required, so groups can request up to 100% of the total project costs.

The Roger Stott Community Grant programme is made possible thanks to support from players of People’s Postcode Lottery, who have raised £1,226,332 for YDMT since 2009.

Clara Govier, Head of Charities at People’s Postcode Lottery said: “These small grants are supporting projects that help bring communities together, making a big difference across the Yorkshire Dales. I’m delighted that players of People’s Postcode Lottery are helping to make this possible.”

The Roger Stott Community Grants programme will be open again to new applications in September – details to follow later in the year.

Image: Roger Stott, YDMT's founding Chairman, and his wife Brenda.

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