The organisations or groups could include:
- village halls
- play areas
- sports facilities
- village owned shops
- activities that support the local community
What can you apply for?
Applications will be considered for projects requiring capital - for example, buildings or equipment - or revenue funding, for example, training or staff costs. The projects considered by the fund can be varied and diverse but must be able to show that they make a positive contribution to at least one of the council's stated aims. Please refer to page 15 of the council plan for more information.
The grant funding cannot be used for:
- any expenditure that takes place prior to grant approval, including planning fees and professional fees - consequently, no work must be started, or firm contracts made in respect of any project before the grant application has been considered and a written offer of grant received
- existing running costs of your organisation and existing salary costs
- fundraising costs
- previously funded projects
- paying VAT that your organisation can recover
- political or religious activities
This funding is not intended to replace existing statutory funding or for projects that have previously been funded by other organisations, such as street lighting, highways improvements and school facilities.
Private sector businesses, local authorities and organisations already in receipt of core funding or Service Level Agreements are not eligible to apply.
You can apply for up to £5000, although the maximum grant will be capped at 25% of your project costs. Projects under £1000 are eligible for 100% of grant funding. The amount of grant being requested must be clearly stated on the application form.
Applying for a grant
All applications will be appraised by North Yorkshire Council officers. The relevant ward councillor will also be consulted.
Application and funding dates
There will be two rounds for applications.
Round one applications open on 3 July 2023 and close on 11 August 2023. A decision will be made on 15 September 2023.
Round two applications open on 18 September 2023 and close on 27 October 2023. A decision will be made on 1 December 2023.
How to apply
You must fill in and return the application form:
Please return your form to us by email - details are in the application form.
All applications must be accompanied by:
- a copy of the signed constitution or rules for your organisation as adopted by the chairperson
- two years of audited accounts for existing organisations or 6 months bank statements for newer organisations
- copies of all offers of match funding - or identify where the remaining funding for the project is coming from
- two quotes for items of expenditure, demonstrating value for money
If you are applying for a capital grant, you must also send us:
- copies of deeds, lease agreements or other title documents
- copies of all plans, estimates, schedules or work, tenders, and specifications of work
- copies of all planning approvals where appropriate
Assessing your application
If your application is complete and your organisation is eligible for consideration, we will assess the application against project and organisational specific criteria closely aligned to the council’s key priorities.
Priority funding applications
The resources available under the council’s grant programmes are constantly under pressure and every year the budget is oversubscribed with requests for funding. Projects which contribute to the criteria outlined above are usually classified as high priority. However, additional priority will be given to bids which:
- attract partnership or match funding, particularly if funding has already been secured
- are initiated by community-based organisations or groups
- are supported by evidence of need such as consultation or a parish plan
- can demonstrate community support and participation, for example through offers of help in kind
- are from first-time applicants – these are people or groups who did not apply to the community grant scheme when it was previously delivered by Ryedale District Council
We will send you a grant offer letter detailing the amount, terms, and any special conditions of the award. You must agree to abide by the council’s standard grant conditions when accepting any award.
Grants are paid half in advance, with the remaining half paid on evidenced project completion by sending copies of all relevant receipted invoices to the council.
Please note that the remaining half of grant funding should be claimed within 18 months of grant approval otherwise the council has the right to withhold payment.
Grants are paid by bank transfer, with notification being sent to the contact as specified on the application form. We will ask for bank details when an offer of a grant is made and work may be inspected before payments are sent. Alternative payment arrangements can be made by request.
Monitoring the project
We will monitor the impact of all projects funded by the council. This will demonstrate the outcome of awarding grant aid and benefit to the communities of Ryedale.
Aspects of your project which will need monitoring may include:
- the benefits the project has achieved
- how many people or organisations have benefited
When we award a grant and before the grant begins, we will agree with you the things we would like you to monitor. We may also request materials such as photographs to use in future promotions of the scheme or to demonstrate best practice.
To achieve the best return for the Ryedale community from the grants we award, the council expect that:
- you monitor and evaluate the service or project and its benefit to the Ryedale community
- you adhere to the principles of equal opportunities
- you undertake to deliver a high quality of service
- you recognise any funding contributed by North Yorkshire Council in promotional material
- you will provide information for inclusion in case studies
North Yorkshire Council could withdraw the grant offer if an organisation takes any action which could bring the council into disrepute.
To ensure we provide a service which delivers grant aid to the voluntary sector in a fair and appropriate way, we will:
- monitor and evaluate our service to ensure we provide the best service we can
- assess all eligible applications against our criteria
- acknowledge applications and answer letters within 5 working days of receipt
- ensure that no applicant receives less favourable treatment for any reason
If you are not satisfied
Please contact the Ryedale Community Team and we will arrange for an officer to visit your project to discuss possible ways to take your scheme forward.
If you wish to make a formal complaint about the application process or administration of your award you can contact us.
If you need help filling in the form or require assistance with developing your application or group, please contact Ryedale Community Team. Officers can also direct you to other agencies and funding bodies who may be able to help with your project, including finding match funding.
We would recommend you make contact prior to completing the application form and we can meet with you to discuss your project. Please contact us.