Cash For Community Initiatives

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Date of issue: 7 February 2017

Grants of between £250 and £1500 are available for small community or voluntary groups in and around the Yorkshire Dales that need funding to help continue or expand initiatives that benefit local people.

Through the Roger Stott Community Grant programme, local charity Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust (YDMT), wishes to distribute grants to support small voluntary organisations and community groups with an annual income of less than £30,000. No match-funding is required, so groups can apply for up to 100% of the total project costs.

The grants aim to support a range of uses that meet an identified need in the community. 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.

Tanya St. Pierre, YDMT Project Officer, said: “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. Since the launch of the Roger Stott Community Grants programme almost a year ago, we’ve awarded 28 grants totalling £32,326 to support a wide variety of projects that are making a real difference to local people.”

Recent successful applications came from Austwick Bowling Club, Gargrave Heritage Group, Malham Parish Youth Group and Kendal’s Window on Arts; a project based in Sedbergh providing elderly residents the opportunity to engage with the community through memory maps and art.

Yorebridge Sports Development Association were awarded £1,485 to support the Learning Curve project in Askrigg, providing a variety of adult learning classes, including arts and crafts, photography, local history, languages, current affairs, computer skills, map reading, first aid and local history.

Learning Curve spokesperson Jan Hale said: “The grant helped to cover the costs of venue hire, tuition fees and a new projector. We are delighted that we are now providing opportunities for the local community in this rural area to be able to come together in a non-threatening and non-competitive setting and for them to enjoy learning and developing new skills and confidence. Feedback has been excellent, and based on the success we have had so far we are confident that the project will continue to grow and ultimately be self-financing. We would not have succeeded thus far without the Roger Stott grant which kick-started our project - thank you.”

Hellifield Youth & Community also received a Roger Stott grant of £1,500. Revd Stuart Stobart said: “The playing grounds in Hellifield are an important community asset. Whilst the site off Station Road is well used by older children, there isn’t much on offer here for toddlers at the moment. We’re very grateful to Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust for this funding which will help us to purchase and install new play equipment for 2-5 year olds. It’s been a pleasure to see all generations of the community come together to support our ambitious plans for the village playing grounds. Local mums have raised £700 towards the project, and we’d also like to thank Hellifield WI, Hellifield Gala Committee, the Parish Council, North Yorkshire Council and Hellifield Youth for their donations and support.”

The Roger Stott grant programme was set up in memory of Roger Stott, the founding Chairman of YDMT who sadly passed away in 2015.

Commenting on the programme launched in his father’s name, Roger Stott (Jnr), said: “I feel extremely proud that when great enterprise and initiates are being developed in the Dales, in some small way it feels like my Dad is there, still trying to help as he always did. He's sadly missed but his legacy lives on.”

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 over the last eight years.

Clara Govier, Head of Charities at People’s Postcode Lottery said: “By working at grass-roots level, these small grants have the potential to make a big difference to communities in and around the Yorkshire Dales, and I’m delighted that players of People’s Postcode Lottery are making this possible.”

The application process is quick and simple. Please visit to download the application form, guidance notes and map of the eligible area. For more information please contact the project officer Tanya St. Pierre on 015242 51002 or email

The closing date for this round of applications is 5pm on Friday 31 March. Final decisions will be made on 18 May 2017 and all applicants will be contacted soon after.

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