£250,000 grant set to make a real difference

Mad grants 2021 pot

A £250,000 community grant has been given the green light today – double the amount awarded in previous years.

At a meeting of Hambleton District Council’s Cabinet, Members approved the grant which will see community projects across Hambleton benefitting.

51 community projects will receive grants from the council’s ‘Making a Difference’ fund with the largest grant of £16,650 going to East Thirsk Community Association to help with refurbishing their community hall.

The council fund has been split into five £50,000 pots, one for each sub-area of our district - Bedale, Easingwold, Northallerton, Stokesley and Thirsk, with Ward Councillors considering each application and recommending their final choices to Cabinet for approval.

Now in its seventh year, the Making a Difference grant scheme was established for projects that make a real difference to Hambleton communities.  Each scheme must meet at least one of the council’s key priorities; driving economic vitality, enhancing health and wellbeing, caring for the environment or providing a special place to live.  Each must also show their project will make a genuine difference to people’s lives and that it demonstrates value for money.

Leader of the Council, Councillor Mark Robson said: “It’s great to see this grant now in its seventh year, we’ve seen over the years how this scheme can make a massive difference to whether small scale projects can actually go ahead or not so I know this will be something our communities continue to welcome.

“Putting money back into communities is really important as it makes a direct difference to peoples lives and in making sure our towns and villages continue to be thriving, attractive places people can enjoy for years to come.

 “After the challenging year we’ve had due to the Covid crisis, it is more important than ever that we show our support to our communities by doubling the amount of funding we are able to distribute.”

Published: 13th April 2021

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