The council has always worked with and supported the voluntary and community sector and recognises the contribution the sector makes both to maintain and improve the quality of life for the community within the Harrogate district.

To view current grant funding opportunities please visit our community grants page.

As part of the corporate review of grants that was carried out in full within 2013/14 and updated October 2015 an audit of grant funds that are administered within the council has been completed. The review identified that there is just over £720k in grants going to the voluntary and community sector and these are provided for a wide range of activities and services.

The council needs 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 the council's 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 VCS Strategic Grant Fund

Harrogate Borough Council's arrangements for payment of strategic grants to key voluntary and community sector organisations changed in 2012 with several long standing arrangements that had rolled forward year on year without review ceasing. A process that was in line with recommended best practice was introduced that was transparent, provided three year funding agreements and ensured that funding was allocated in line with the council's corporate priorities.

The Grant Fund opportunity

The funding that is available will contribute to the core costs involved in the running of VCS organisations. The fund is not a permanent, long term single source for organisations and if successful should only be dependent upon for the agreed funding period.

A request is made during the budget process to agree three year funding terms. A review process is initiated six months prior to the end of the standing funding term.

There are three areas that the council will invest in through this funding stream:

  1. Voluntary and Community Sector support: To provide infrastructure and targeted support to the voluntary and community sector as a whole, to assist in its sustainability and vibrancy.

    Rationale: without the infrastructure to support and protect the voluntary and community sector there will be no sector to deliver services within our community. This will have a significant impact on the Harrogate district
  2. Advice services: To provide good quality advice services and support including benefit services and financial inclusion to citizens and other organisations.

    Rationale: evidence shows there is growing demand from citizens and organisations for advice services due to the current economic environment that we are working and living within
  3. Strategic services: To provide and shape key strategic services that benefits a large proportion of the district.

    Rationale: Funds will be allocated to lead organisations that engage strategically with the council and other statutory bodies to influence policy design, development and delivery of services

    Priority will be given to organisations that provide services to a large proportion of the district

Note: Priority will be given to organisations that will provide the most impact for the investment and whose outcomes contribute the most to the council's corporate priorities and secondary, to the Harrogate district Public Services Leadership Board shared partnership priorities.

A new funding term commenced on the 1st April 2016 and will come to an end on the 31st March 2019. £174,500 has been allocated annually.

There are eight VCS organisations that will receive a strategic grant within the new funding arrangement period, these are:

Relate mid-Yorkshire
Harrogate and Ripon Centres for Voluntary Services
Rural Action Yorkshire
Craven and Harrogate Districts Citizens Advice Bureau
Age UK North Yorkshire
The Orb Community Enterprise
Harrogate Samaritans
Harrogate Homeless project

The Small Grants Scheme - closed for applications

The Small Grants Scheme has been running since 2007. The purpose of the small grants fund is to support and strengthen voluntary and community sector organisations based in and serving the Harrogate district that are providing activities/projects that benefit the local communities and residents. The funds are available up to a maximum of £3,000 to provide and increase participation and engagement and to support new and innovative ideas.

Allocation amount: £30,000
Funding term: 12 months from notification of award

Between 2011-2016 £297,226.90 was awarded in small grants to voluntary and community sector organisations (2011-2016).

An annual report is published every year with the outcomes from the successful applicants awarded the previous year.

Full details of the 2015/2016 small grants awarded.

From 2018 the small grants have been replaced by THE LOCAL FUND for the Harrogate District.

Starbeck community grants fund - closed for applications

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 or on 01423 500600.

Page last updated 15/03/2019