Community grants news release

Deadline approaches for RDC Community Grants

Community and voluntary groups that are looking to kick-start new projects following the COVID lockdown are being urged to apply for Ryedale District Council’s Community Grants scheme before the closing deadline this Friday (21 May).

The Community Grants schemes organisations with grants of up to £5k for projects that make a positive impact on community-owned or managed facilities, such as village halls, play-areas, sports facilities, or village-owned shops.

Over the last year, more than £40k has been allocated to 25 organisations including sports clubs, a playgroup, a library, a food bank, and community support groups.  The window for the next round of applications has been open since January, but is due to close on 21 May.  Applications will then be assessed, and successful applicants will be notified in July.

Although the official deadline for applications is 21 May, Ryedale District Council has said that, because many groups have only recently reopened due to COVID, it may be able to accept a late application form, if applicants email the Council on communityteam@ryedale.gov.uk to let the team know an application is on its way.

Cllr Steve Arnold, Chair of the Community Grants working party at Ryedale District Council, said:

“Lockdown has been such a difficult time for community and voluntary groups, and many have had to put plans on hold due to the pandemic.  But as restrictions ease, it is good to see that groups are starting to pick up on their plans once again.  The Community Grants scheme is a great way for community and voluntary groups to access vital funding for new equipment or facilities and we’re really looking forward to receiving this next wave of applications.”

Information on the Community Grant scheme is available at:  www.ryedale.gov.uk/communitygrant