Funding advice for local charities and community groups

Did you know that Nidderdale Plus can help you to identify potential funding streams for local projects and organisations? Last year, we helped to secure a grant for the Parent Teacher and Friends Association at Nidderdale High School so that they were able to secure their purchase of a 16 seater minibus – which is now in use by students for sports fixtures and other out of school activities – and is also available to the local community who need transport assistance (and may wish to use the Nidderdale Plus volunteer drivers).

Whilst it’s often felt that ‘there’s no money out there’, there are local, District and national funds that may be available for your specific cause – that might be for sports development and improving local facilities, village hall improvements or adaptation of church buildings for community activity. Katy Penn, Partnership Manager at Nidderdale Plus has been assisting projects in the Nidderdale area in all these categories over the last few months, as organisations make plans for development opportunities.

Katy is also a member of the LEADER Advisory Board for the Yorkshire Dales area so can advise on the development of the new LEADER funding programme (2015-2020) which is likely to have the first ‘call for projects’ during the summer months of 2015.

Get in touch with Katy at the Nidderdale Plus office anytime – she will research relevant funds for you to consider and monitor any new funding opportunities that might assist your project. Ring the office on 01423 714953 or email


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