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Cash for community groups

Published on Tuesday, 10th March 2020

MAD grant enhancing the local environment

Community groups across Hambleton are once again set to benefit from a £125,000 cash pot.

Forty six projects will receive grants from the district council’s 2020 ‘Making a Difference’ fund.    Members of the authority’s Cabinet today (10 March) approved their applications. The largest - at £15,250 - is going to the Secret Garden Palliative Care Project at Cowtonbury, near Northallerton.

The council fund is split into five £25,000 pots – one for each market town and the surrounding areas of Northallerton, Thirsk, Bedale, Stokesley and Easingwold.  Ward Councillors consider each application and recommend their final choices to Cabinet.

Now in its sixth year it was established for schemes that ‘make a difference’ to Hambleton communities.  Each scheme must meet one of the council’s key priorities –driving economic vitality, enhancing health and wellbeing, caring for the environment and providing a special place to live.    And each must show that there is community involvement and that they represent value for money.

Cash is going to schemes in Bedale and the villages of Well and Carthorpe; Easingwold and the villages of Alne and Huby; Northallerton and the communities of Romanby and Appleton Wiske; Stokesley and the villages of Great Ayton, Potto, Faceby and Seamer and Thirsk and the communities of Leake and Borrowby.   The grants include cash for improvements to village halls, play and sports equipment, scout facilities, a bus shelter project – and a festival.

“This grant scheme can make a massive difference to whether small scale projects go ahead or not,” said Leader of the Council, Councillor Mark Robson.

“We can put money back into community projects which help improve our local neighbourhoods and improve the lives of people living in Hambleton.”