Published: Tuesday, 10th October 2017

Groups and societies based in Starbeck near Harrogate are being invited to apply for grants from the Starbeck Community Fund.

The fund was created with a gift of £300,000 following the development of the former Octavius Atkinson site in the area by Taylor Woodrow. The fund is open to both groups and individual Starbeck residents.

The grants are for a project or scheme which benefits the community of Starbeck, or groups within the area. Applications should contribute to the raising of community spirit and/or improve the environment of the local community.

The development of the former Octavius Atkinson site by Taylor Woodrow, led to the provision of £300,000 gift for the ‘purpose of creation or improvement of recreation/ community facilities in Starbeck’. Part of the interest on the lump sum is paid into this grant scheme and awards are made twice a year – in spring and autumn - by a rotating Starbeck Community Panel made up of members from Starbeck Residents Association and one councillor from Harrogate Borough Council.

Groups can apply for up to £2,000 and individuals can put in an application for up to £200. Application forms are available from the Harrogate Borough Council website at www.harrogate.gov.uk/grantfundingopportunities.

The closing date for this current round of applications is Thursday 30 November 2017 at 5pm.

Iain Service is Harrogate Borough Council's Development Officer for Sports and Projects. He said: “Grants are available for a host of projects – perhaps somebody has an idea for increasing access to voluntary clubs or enhancing the local area; or there may be a group that needs some new equipment. If it's in the Starbeck area it could well qualify for a grant from the Community Fund.”

For further information about the Starbeck Grants, please contact the Development Officer - Sports and Projects at sports.development@harrogate.gov.uk or on 01423 500600.

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