We have always worked with and supported the voluntary and community sector and recognise the contribution the sector makes both to maintain and improve the quality of life for the community within the Harrogate district.
We need to ensure that grant funds are administered in line with recommended best practice, ensuring there are open and transparent processes, to provide some stability to the funded organisations during the ever changing funding landscape, ensure value for money and outcomes are achieved and that the funding is allocated in line with our priorities.
A policy and framework has been developed and adopted by the council to assist in achieving all of the above.
There are several opportunities to receive grant funding, these are detailed below:
THE LOCAL FUND
Now closed for applications
THE LOCAL FUND for the Harrogate district has been established to provide a sustainable source of funding for charitable organisations. It is designed to support projects and activities that benefit local communities and residents for the long term.
We contributed £30,000 in 2018, 2019 and again in 2020. Together with funding from the Harry Bolland Trust Fund, other local donors and fundraising, grants ranging from £200 to £3,000 were awarded in 2018 and 2019.
In this current round for 2020/2021, the focus is supporting small organisations that have suffered financial hardship due to the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic.
Groups must be able to show that they are in hardship, and, that any funding awarded would make a difference to the medium to long-term survival of the group. Applicants must demonstrate how they will use the grant to help them become sustainable. This could be part of a long-term plan or a temporary measure in order to apply for larger funds, to allow the group to generate its own income, or to allow the group to recruit more volunteers.
Funding will be available for core running costs, for example:
- volunteer recruitment
- overhead costs (utility bills and rent)
This list is not exhaustive.
Size of grants
In this funding round, grants are available of up to £5,000.
Who can apply?
Grants are targeted at small organisations with charitable aims where a small amount of money can make a significant difference. Applicants must be based and/or working in the Harrogate district. Please read the guidance notes carefully for eligibility for this round.
The fund is designed to grow local giving and provide a sustainable source of income for small voluntary and community groups, small charities and other types of not-for-profit organisations, provided they can clearly demonstrate that the purpose of the organisation is wholly charitable.
How to apply?
For more information please go to the Two Ridings Community Foundation LOCAL FUND webpage . Please consider THE LOCAL FUND Harrogate district guidance notes 2020 for this grant scheme carefully before applying.
Applications are only considered complete when all supporting documentation has been received.
When to apply?
The deadline for this round is 18 January 2021. Panel decisions will be made in February.
Rural community energy fund
The rural community energy fund (RCEF) is a grant to support rural communities in England to develop renewable energy projects, which provide economic and social benefits to the community.
A whole range of community groups can apply for the fund. These could be parish councils, charities, local groups with a specific interest in the environment, or any legally constituted group with a community focus.
Projects delivering a whole range of sustainable energy technologies, including solar power, wind turbines, hydropower, heat pumps, and anaerobic digestion can be supported.
The RCEF grant will support the upfront costs involved in getting a project to a position where it is ready to start on site. However, it does not pay for the capital costs of the technology. Capital funding can be through borrowing money against future income from selling electricity, or from an issue of community shares. It is expected different finance options will be considered through a feasibility study.
Funding of up to £40,000 is available for stage one feasibility studies into sustainable community energy projects. This is the maximum award. Smaller projects which require a lesser amount of feasibility funding are also encouraged. For larger projects, up to an additional £100,000 can be secured through a stage two development bid.
Full guidance can be found at teesvalley-ca.gov.uk/business/key-sectors/energy-and-renewable/rural-community-energy-fund, or please email [email protected] to be put in touch with our RCEF project officers.
Small transport grants fund
The small transport grants fund for the Harrogate district - closed for applications
The small transport grants fund for the Harrogate district - now closed for applications
We have awarded funds of up to £5,000 to successful bidders for the small transport grants fund. The fund was available for communities, businesses and groups across the district to support the delivery of small, community led, projects relating to sustainable transport measures.
We allocated £30,000 to support community led initiatives to improve access to sustainable transport for the community at a cost of up to £5,000 each. With this fund we have been able to support 11 projects across the district with programmes that will see cycle paths resurfaced, secure cycle storage installed and promotion of park and cycle schemes.
There were some innovative and creative projects put forward and we look forward to seeing them come to fruition over the next 12 months and having a positive impact on the trend towards sustainable transport methods. We are determined to improve the sustainability and cleanliness of transport solutions in the district in an effort to improve air quality and bring down carbon emissions. The small transport grants fund is part of a package of measures designed to encourage shifts in behaviour and encourage people out of their cars.
The deadline for applications was 14 October 2019.
Starbeck community grants fund - closed for applications on 20 September
A funding opportunity for projects and individuals in the Starbeck ward.
Grants are available for a host of projects - perhaps you have an idea for increasing access to voluntary clubs or improving the quality of life for local people. Maybe you have identified an opportunity to enhance the local area, or your group needs some new equipment.
Allocation amount: Groups are invited to apply for up to £1,000 and individuals up to £200
Funding term: Grants are allocated on an annual basis.
For further information about the Starbeck grants, please contact Jennyfield Styan Community Centre on 01423 521667 or email [email protected]
UCI bike race community grants - closed for applications on 17 June 2019
To celebrate the UCI Cycle Race 2019 coming to the Harrogate district we have created a fund to award small grants between £200 - £3,000 to projects across the district which will celebrate the UCI race in an appropriate way. There is £40,000 available in this grant funding pot.
The purpose of the fund
We aim to support a number of projects run by groups within the community. These will embrace the UCI road race and maximise the potential economic, and tourism benefits of the race traveling through our district and that also bring local communities and individuals together to celebrate the event.
Applications are to be submitted between Friday 10 May and noon on Monday 17 June 2019. All applicants will be assessed together after the closing date and applicants will be informed in the week commencing Monday 1 July 2019.
Priority will be given to applications that meet the following criteria:
- are on the UCI cycle race route, for more information please see letour.yorkshire.com
- are legacy projects that can be appreciated both during and after the race and in the months to come
- projects that directly involve local communities and residents of all ages and abilities
- projects that have match funding and/or help in kind
Tour de Yorkshire small grants 2019 - closed for applications on 11 March 2019
To celebrate the Tour de Yorkshire cycle race 2019 we have created a grant fund to award grants of up to £1,000 (maximum) to projects across the district which will celebrate the tour in an appropriate way. There is £10,000 available in the grant funding pot.
Applications are to be submitted between 4 February - 11 March 2019. All applicants will be assessed together after the closing date and applicants will be informed week commencing 25 March 2019.
The maximum grant fund for this project is £10,000.
Priority will be given to applications received from those areas that are on the Tour de Yorkshire route. The route can be found by visiting letour.yorkshire.com.
We aim to support a number of projects run by groups within the community that will embrace the Tour de Yorkshire and maximise the potential, economic, and tourism impact of the race traveling through our district.
Defibrillator small grant fund 2018 - closed for applications on 30 September 2019
The grant fund opportunity
The community defibrillator grant fund scheme is a partnership project funded equally between Harrogate Lions Club and Harrogate Borough Council.
The purpose of the defibrillator grant fund is to support communities across the Harrogate district to purchase a Public Access Defibrillator (PAD). A PAD allows 24 hour access to life-saving emergency equipment that is available for anyone to use when a cardiac arrest is suspected.
The successful grant applicants will be provided with a defibrillator approved by Yorkshire Ambulance Service and cabinet to enable the defibrillator to be mounted on an external wall for maximum public access. In return the successful applicant must agree to pay for installation through a local electrician (at a cost of approximately £150) - there is £20,000 available in this grant funding pot.
Applications for defibrillator grants of up to £1,195 (the cost and delivery of the defibrillator and cabinet as purchased by the Harrogate Lions Club/Harrogate Borough Council project) are available to community organisations, businesses and schools across the Harrogate district.
A total fund of £20,000 is available, it is envisaged that this will be allocated through up to two grant application rounds. If the full allocation of funding is not achieved in the first application round a second window for applications will be in early 2019.
Applications are to be submitted between 1 August and 30 September 2018.
All applications will be assessed together after the closing date and applicants will be informed during October 2018.
Outcome of the application process for the defibrillator small grant fund 2018 - decision notice dated 24 October 2019.
THE LOCAL FUND - Harrogate District - closed for applications on 4 June 2019
THE LOCAL FUND - Harrogate District is an innovative approach to creating a local, long term sustainable fund to support charitable activity in Harrogate district.
In this first funding round, grants are available of between £200 and £3,000.
Priority will be given to applicants that can clearly demonstrate how they are working to address the following themes identified in the Two Ridings Community Foundation's vital signs report for the Harrogate district
- inequality and hidden poverty
- mental health and wellbeing
- loneliness and social isolation
Grants are targeted at small charities and community groups where a small amount of money can make a significant difference. Applicants must be based in and/or working in the area served by Harrogate Borough Council.
The closing date for this round of grant applications was 4 June 2018.
Two Ridings Community Foundation will advise on eligibility and the process and can be contacted on 01904 435277.
Starbeck community grants fund - closed for applications - not available 2018-2019. Dates for 2019 to be confirmed.
This grant scheme is for projects and individuals in the Starbeck ward.
Grants are available for a host of projects - perhaps you have an idea for increasing access to voluntary clubs or improving the quality of life for local people. Maybe there's a chance to enhance the local area, or your group needs some new equipment.
Allocation amount: Groups are invited to apply for up to £2,000 and individuals up to £200
Funding term: Grants are allocated in April and October each year
For further information about the Starbeck grants, please contact the development officer - sports and projects at [email protected] or on 01423 500600.