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Voluntary organisations

There are more than 3,000 voluntary and community sector organisations in North Yorkshire, providing a broad range of local services to all kinds of people.

Voluntary and community groups also provide many of our cultural, sport and leisure opportunities. Most organisations are charities, some employ specialists, but many are informal volunteer based groups. North Yorkshire's strong voluntary sector plays a crucial role in our quality of life and in strengthening the fabric of our local communities.

Finding local voluntary and community organisations

The North Yorkshire and York voluntary and community sector directory provides a searchable database of voluntary and community groups in North Yorkshire.

Help and support for my voluntary and community organisations

Voluntary and community organisations in North Yorkshire can access a range of free advice and support from local support and development organisations, some of which is funded by North Yorkshire County Council.


The North Yorkshire Compact is a written agreement between the voluntary and community Sector and the public sector detailing how they will work together for the benefit of communities. For more information, visit the North Yorkshire Partnerships page.

Funding for voluntary and community organisations

Grants and other types of funding are available to voluntary and community organisations, usually from local councils, the National Lottery and charitable trusts. This type of funding is generally project based and separate from sources of income that help with the day-to-day running of an organisation.

Grant-giving organisations usually provide details for applicants, such as setting out the grant criteria; the application process; the information they need from you; and how and when they make their decisions. Some will offer pre-application discussions or interviews. If they do, take them up as the advice can save you a lot of time and unnecessary expense.

Specific sources of funding in North Yorkshire

The voluntary and community sector directory is a searchable directory of voluntary and community organisations working throughout North Yorkshire and York.

Voluntary and community organisations in York and North Yorkshire can access free advice and guidance on funding issues from their local funding adviser.

The funding advice network provides information, advice and guidance on funding issues for voluntary and community organisations in North Yorkshire.

Some specific sources of funding voluntary and community organisations in North Yorkshire are:

  • Our innovation fund encourages and supports voluntary groups to develop a more flexible and personalised approach to traditional adult social care such as day care, by offering vulnerable people services that fit around their lives.
  • The North Yorkshire fund, managed by the Two Ridings Community Foundation, is designed to help voluntary organisations, community groups and small charities with projects that are innovative and that can demonstrate that they will make a real difference to people's lives. Grants of between £250 and £1,000 are available.
  • The North Yorkshire reward fund, managed by the Two Ridings Community Foundation, was created to help tackle disadvantage and improve people's lives and communities across North Yorkshire. The fund is available to provide small grants to voluntary and community organisations in the North Yorkshire area with an income of less than £50,000. Grants are available up to a maximum of £5,000 for projects which help communities.
This page was last updated on 2 February 2017