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23/05/2016

Grants Up For Grabs

The North York Moors National Park Authority is on the hunt for projects that will increase awareness of the area or will benefit local communities.

Two grants are on offer, the ‘Local Distinctiveness and Tourism Grant’ and the ‘Community Grant’. The Tourism Grant is available to fund innovative projects that look to increase awareness of the North York Moors National Park and/or the wider North York Moors area as well as use the area’s local distinctiveness for the benefit of visitors and ensure that any increase in visitors is sustainable.

The Community Grant is offering funding of up to £3,500 to community groups for small scale projects that meet one of the following priorities; providing environmental benefits, conserving cultural heritage and local history, or improving community facilities.

Applications for the Community Grant need to be received by 30 June while the Local Distinctiveness and Tourism Grant is considered throughout the year. However, as the grant fund is limited, applicants are advised to submit their applications as early as possible.

Last year the Authority was able to fund a variety of projects from the Community Grant such as installing barn owl boxes, providing play equipment, refurbishing toilets, resurfacing car parks and printing a publication on local history. And the Tourism Grant has supported initiatives such as electric bike hire for guests staying at Smugglers Rock and new country skills courses at Peat Rigg Outdoor Training Centre.

Catriona McLees, Head of Promotion and Tourism at the North York Moors National Park said: “The grants are a great way to help local communities, organisations and businesses. It gives them a helping hand to make a difference. One example of how the grant has benefited a local business is with Wheeldale Woolcrafts, who have been able to launch locally-produced and processed wool through the use of a carding machine for selling to spinners and felt makers, and to set up a display area and small shop for people to visit.”

More information on the grant schemes and how to apply can be found at www.northyorkmoors.org.uk/grants