Grants available to improve community for Starbeck residents

1 June 2023

Residents of the Starbeck area of Harrogate are being invited to apply for funding that will help enhance where they live.

Applications for the Starbeck Community Small Grants Fund opened this week.

The fund was created in 1992 following an agreement with the developers of the Morrisons supermarket in Hookstone Chase. A total of £300,000 has been set aside for the benefit of residents, with interest from that sum enabling annual grants to be administered.

Two funding categories are available, with grants of up to £200 for individuals and up to £1,000 for community groups.

Requests will be considered towards projects, schemes or courses that will enhance the educational, sporting or cultural advancement of an individual.

Those from groups will be considered to assist community-based organisations with projects or activities that will benefit the Starbeck area.

In 2022, six awards were made. Time Together received gardening tools and seeds, St Andrew’s Church got a new cooker, Harrogate Hawks rugby team was successful in getting money for storage and equipment, Claro Enterprises received lighting for a community workshop, Starbeck Library received a new tea and coffee machine and new Christmas lights were purchased for Starbeck.

Cllr Pat Marsh, who represents the Stray, Woodlands and Hookstone division on North Yorkshire Council and sits on the grants panel, said:

Starbeck residents take great pride in their community and grants like this help to further improve the area in which they live.

I would encourage people to once again make the most of this opportunity and submit their applications for funding as soon as possible.

The deadline for applications is 4.30pm on Monday, July 24. Full details of the area covered by the fund, its criteria and how to apply can be found by visiting


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