The aim of the scheme is to strengthen small voluntary organisations, charities and community groups by offering up to £3000 of financial assistance which will benefit local communities throughout the district, increase participation and engagement, and support new and innovative ideas.
The Small Grants Scheme was created this year and replaces the Community Chest and Arts & Heritage grants.
The successful applicants for funding in the 2015/16 round of awards are:
- £500 – Parkrun Ltd
- £2850 – Harrogate Photographic Society
- £2250 – Can Do Programme (part of Leonard Cheshire Disability)
- £1499 – Summerbridge and Dacre Silver Band
- £3000 – Badapple Theatre Company
- £489 – Harrogate Fencing Club
- £2994 – Topcliffe and Asenby Village Hall
- £1500 – Knaresborough Festival for Entertainment and Visual Arts
- £1950 – Knaresborough Choral Society
- £450 – National Autistic Society (Harrogate Branch)
- £2315 – Knaresborough Community Centre
- £854 – Knaresborough Cricket Club
- £3000 – Tockwith Sportsfield Trust
- £1084 – Parents for Inclusive Play Activities
- £750 – Knaresborough Fright Night
- £2967 – Creative Arts FOR CE CIC
- £1000 – Christ Church Darley
- £2984 – AMP Awards CIC
- £678 – Yore Vision
- £600 – Club 55
- £2040 – The Carers Resource
- £1318 – Bishopside & Bewerley Memorial Hall
On Tuesday 13 October 2015 representatives from the groups whose applications were successful got together at a reception at the Mercer Gallery to celebrate their awards. The reception was hosted by Councillor Stanley Lumley, Harrogate Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Culture and Sport.
Councillor Lumley said:
The Small Grants awards go towards supporting a wide variety of community projects in our district, including theatre, music, film, art festivals, sport, to name but a few.
The grants we can offer these groups really do make a difference, they provide a lot of enjoyment to a lot of people and it’s great to see how these small cash grants can have a big impact.
We are pleased to be able to support these twenty two community projects and are looking forward to seeing them come alive in the weeks and months to come.