Council launches new fund to help cash-strapped community groups: Cllr Keane Duncan and Cllr Steve Arnold

28 Apr 2020

Council launches new fund to help cash-strapped community groups

Grass-roots voluntary and community organisations in Ryedale stand to benefit from a new fund launched by Ryedale District Council this week.

The Council has created a £40k Emergency Grants Fund to provide vital financial support to cash-strapped charitable organisations across the district, whose work in the community is under threat due to lack of cash.

Speaking about the initiative, Councillor Keane Duncan, Leader of Ryedale District Council, said:

“I’d like to say a big thank you to the great voluntary organisations in Ryedale.  They offer a lifeline  to people in the community, but now some of them need a lifeline themselves.

“We have heard that some charity and voluntary groups are struggling financially because the COVID lockdown has put a stop to their fund-raising activities.  These groups need support to survive, so the Council is stepping in to help.”

Councillor Steve Arnold, Deputy Leader of the Council, and Chair of the Grants Working Party said:

“The Council has run a Community Grants Fund for many years, which has contributed to local facilities and services right across the district.  Now we are going further by creating an Emergency Grant Fund, which will help grass-roots organisations to stay operational in this really difficult time. It’s one of the ways of we’re supporting lives and livelihoods in Ryedale during COVID.”

In order to qualify for a grant, groups must meet a number of criteria:

  • Be a community, voluntary or charitable organisation, based in Ryedale
  • Provide a service to vulnerable Ryedale residents or residents who have special needs, or provide services that help to keep communities safe and healthy
  • Be currently active and operational
  • Hold less than £10k in free reserves at the time of application

Those who meet the criteria can apply for a grant of up to £4k to be spent on essential equipment or supplies, or day-to-day operating costs such as staffing, training or vehicle running costs.

Stacey Burlet, Ryedale District Council’s CEO, said:

“This is an emergency fund, so we’re aiming for a quick turnaround on grant decisions.  Although we will be doing some necessary verification checks, we have streamlined our application and appraisal process to reduce the red-tape as much as possible.  We will take award decisions on a weekly basis until the fund is fully spent, and if the fund is over-subscribed we will prioritize groups who are providing services to those people whose health and well-being are most at risk due to COVID-19.”

For more information on the Emergency Grant Fund visit:  www.ryedale.gov.uk/EGF

Notes to editors

This story is embargoed until 14:00 on 28 April 2020 because the application process will not be available online until that time.