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:
Additional financial help for businesses affected by the coronavirus
We are accepting applications for financial help from certain eligible small and micro businesses across the district that have not been able to access other, national, support schemes. These discretionary grants are up to £10,000.
For more information please visit www.harrogate.gov.uk/business
Business rates coronavirus grants
You may be eligible for a grant if you are responsible for business rates at a property and your business has been affected by the coronavirus (Covid-19).
There are two types of grant available for businesses:
- small business grant funding of £10,000 for businesses receiving (or eligible to receive) small business rate relief or rural rate relief
- retail, leisure and hospitality grant funding of up to £25,000 for businesses receiving (or eligible to receive) retail relief
The criteria for these grants means that businesses can only qualify for one not both.
Ideally, you will already be receiving small business rate relief, rural rate relief or retail rate relief before you complete this form. If not, this form will also direct you to the relevant application form to apply for these reductions.
Applications must be made by the occupiers of the property. We cannot accept applications from landlords and/or managing agents.
Please complete our business information form (link below) to check your eligibility and ensure that we have your up-to-date contact details and bank account information. This will help speed up the process of grants being paid.
The form will take approximately five minutes to complete. You will need to provide your property details, business rates account reference number (if you are already registered) and bank details for payment. Your business rates account reference number can be found on your bill.
State aid limits apply to these grants so you will also need to provide a state aid declaration as part of this application.
You will receive an acknowledgement after your form is submitted, together with a reference number. We will then contact you again with our decision or if any further details are required. We have allocated additional staff resources to this work to ensure that payment are made as quickly as possible. Please note that grant payments are currently taking between seven and ten days to process/pay.
Guidance for businesses can be found by visiting the government website
Councils are at different stages of implementing their coronavirus (Covid-19) grant application process. If you run a business which isn't based in the Harrogate district, please refer to the local council in that area for the latest information. Please be reassured that all councils are working hard to get application processes live as soon as they can.
If we've already processed and paid your grant, and you didn't complete our business information form above, please confirm the payment so we can update our records. Thank you.
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.
THE LOCAL FUND for the Harrogate district - closed for applications
THE LOCAL FUND for the Harrogate district is an innovative approach to creating a local, long term sustainable fund to support charitable activity in the Harrogate district.
Applications are now open for grants of between £200 and £3,000.
Grants are targeted at small organisations with charitable aims 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 fund aims to grow local giving and provide a sustainable source of funding for small voluntary and community groups, small charities and other types of not for profit organisations provided that they can clearly demonstrate that the purpose of the organisation is wholly charitable. 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
- loneliness and social isolation
- health and wellbeing
The deadline for applications was 30 September 2019.
Please visit www.tworidingscf.org.uk/fund/tlfharrogate for more information.
Two Ridings Community Foundation will advise on eligibility and the process. Please contact 01904 435277.
Friends of THE LOCAL FUND for the Harrogate district
Do you have a passion for improving the quality of life for disadvantaged people and communities across Harrogate district? Why not become a Friend of THE LOCAL FUND to encourage local charitable giving and gain support for THE LOCAL FUND.
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.
Page last updated 05/06/2020