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Cash for community groups

Published on Tuesday, 12th March 2019

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

Forty one organisations will receive grants from the District Council’s 2019 ‘Making a Difference’ fund.    Members of the authority’s cabinet today (March 12) approved their applications. The largest - at £8,285 - is going to the Tollerton Playing Fields regeneration scheme.

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 fifth year it was established for schemes that ‘make a difference’ to Hambleton communities.  Each scheme must meet one of the council’s key priorities – supporting economic growth, improving health and wellbeing, improving access to services and supporting a changing population.    And each must show that there is community involvement and represents value for money.

Cash is going to schemes in Bedale and the villages of Tanfield, Snape, Leeming Bar and Crakehall; Easingwold and the villages of Tollerton, Tholthorpe, Helperby and Alne; Northallerton and the communities of Romanby, East Harlsey, East Cowton, Ainderby Steeple and Brompton; Stokesley and the villages of Great Ayton, Rudby, Whorlton, Seamer, Crathorne and Ingleby Greenhow; and Thirsk and the community of Sessay.   The grants include cash for improvements to village halls, play and sports equipment, car parks and defibrillators.

“The Making a Difference grant scheme sees us put this money back into community projects which help improve our local neighbourhoods” said Leader of the Council, Councillor Mark Robson.

“And most important of all they are making a difference to people’s lives – they show community spirit and improve the environment they live in.

“A small amount of money can make a big difference to communities.”