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Ryedale District Council launches Rural Grant Scheme to support district’s communities

Ryedale District Council has launched a new Rural Community Grant Scheme to support its most sparsely populated areas.

Rural living can be idyllic but also comes with its own unique challenges, such as poor transport connections, broadband or access to services.

To help counter these issues, at a meet of full council in February of this year, Ryedale councillors proposed and approved funding of £160,000 to be used for these grants, the first time the authority has run such a scheme.

Margaret Wallace, Director for People and Resources at Ryedale District Council, said: “Rural communities offer a wonderful way of life to our citizens in Ryedale, but they can also face specific challenges.

“This funding aims to support projects which support our rural priorities such as creating safe places to live, improving the economic or social resilience of a community or improving IT and broadband connections.

“I would encourage any parish councils, community groups and organisations with projects to apply for this funding.”

To make sure that the funding is equally distributed to rural communities, each parish with a population under 1,500 people has been allocated £1,467 in grant funding

The Rural Community Grant Scheme is aimed towards parish councils, grassroots community groups and organisations working on rural projects that support the sustainability, resilience and viability of remote, rural communities.

Full details of and guidance for applications to the scheme can be found online here.

The closing date for the scheme is 21 November 2022 with decisions on successful applicants expected on 9 February 2023.