Community grants news release

Ryedale District Council’s Community Grant Scheme reopens

Community and voluntary groups that are looking to kick-start new projects are being encouraged to apply for Ryedale District Council’s Community Grants scheme.

Grants of up to £10,000 can be applied for to support projects that make a positive impact on community-owned or managed facilities such as village halls, play-areas, sports facilities or village-owned shops as well as activities that support the local community.

The first of three funding rounds in 2022/23 is now open and groups have until June 10 to submit their applications with decisions on which applications have been successful expected by August 25 2022.

Previously the Council has supported a variety of projects through the Community Grant Scheme including an acoustics project at Gilling Village Hall, a crafts and wellbeing project by Sight Support Norton, a play area in Ampleforth, a defibrillator in Oswaldkirk and car park resurfacing at Newton Village Hall.

In November 2021, Malton and Norton Rugby Club were awarded a grant of £5,000 to support a project to refurbish the 27-year-old shower block, create a new entrance to the physio room and install CCTV.

Another application from Thornton Le Dale squash club was also supported with a community grant of £2793 to upgrade court heaters, replace the front door and install a contactless booking system.

Margaret Wallace, Director for People and Resource at Ryedale District Council, said: “We’ve supported some fantastic projects with our community grant scheme which help our communities to thrive.

“Community groups and organisations are at the heart of our towns and villages in Ryedale and they work hard to provide a variety of services and activities for local citizens to benefit from.

“For the final year of Ryedale District Council before our move into the new unitary authority next August, we have assigned £212,000 to this grant scheme to give our communities a real boost.

“I would encourage anyone with an exciting project idea to apply.”

For more information on the Community Grant scheme including how to apply visit www.ryedale.gov.uk/communitygrant.