Council small grant scheme opens for applications

10 May 2016

Harrogate Borough Council has £30,000 of funding available for the district’s voluntary organisations, charities and community groups.

The Small Grants Scheme, which opens for applications on Tuesday 17 May, provides funding of up to £3,000 per project.  The funds are available for activities running from mid-September onwards and interested organisations have until midday on Friday 15 July to apply.

The purpose of the small grants fund is to support and strengthen voluntary and community sector organisations based in and serving the Harrogate district.  The funds are available to provide and increase participation and engagement and to support new and innovative ideas.

Last year over 20 community and voluntary groups benefited from the council’s Small Grants Scheme, including the Tockwith Sportsfield Trust, the Harrogate branch of the National Autistic Society, the Can Do (Leonard Cheshire Disability) Programme and Knaresborough Festival for Entertainment and Visual Arts.

Councillor Richard Cooper, Leader of Harrogate Borough Council, said:

The Small Grants Scheme is a fantastic means of helping local groups turn their ideas into reality. We are always keen to support community inspired activity which adds value to the community and encourages participation, and it is pleasing to see how a small investment from the council can help make a big difference to local people.

So many different types of groups have benefited from this funding over the years, including sporting clubs, cultural festivals, local charities and horticultural groups. I would urge anyone who represents such a group and feels that they have a project which will enrich the local community to put in an application.

Anyone interested in applying will be able to find full details and an application form from Tuesday 17 May 2016 at

For further information contact Fiona Friday at Harrogate Borough Council on 01423 500600 (ext 56068) or email

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