Stronger communities is our programme to support communities to play a greater role in the delivery of services in the county.
The stronger communities team supports communities to help themselves and create local solutions for service provision at a time of significant financial challenge for the authority. Our aim is to encourage communities to work with us, identifying local solutions and actions in order for all communities in North Yorkshire to have greater collective control of their own wellbeing.
Working with local residents, community groups and other partners from the public and private sectors across North Yorkshire, the stronger communities team will identify opportunities to co-produce a range of local support and services aimed at reducing inequalities, and improving the wellbeing and social connectedness of people of all ages.
Priorities for the programme include:
- community libraries;
- services for children, young people and families;
- community transport; and
- services for adults and older people.
About the grants
They follow a successful bid by North Yorkshire County Council and partner organisations in the Durham, Darlington, Tees, Hambleton, Richmondshire and Whitby Sustainability and Transformation Partnership for funding from NHS England.
The aim is to support a national initiative to reduce suicide rates in England by 10% by 2020-21. The funding will be used to build on the work already underway in North Yorkshire and Darlington - through the locality Suicide Action Plans - to improve the access to, and quality of, mental health services in general to help to prevent suicides.
Statistics show that, at some point in their lives, one in four people will experience mental health issues.
The new grant funding programme will play an important part in the work that supports the aims and objectives of both the North Yorkshire mental health strategy - called Hope, Control and Choice - and the mental health Crisis Care Concordat work that NYCC is carrying out with its partners. In Darlington it will support the work of Darlington Suicide Prevention Group (DSP) in the delivery of the Darlington Suicide Prevention Plan 2017-2022.
Organisations will be able to bid for between £500 and £5,000 for funding up to the end of March 2019 and will focus on the development of a range of targeted support that strengthens and builds resilience and makes a positive contribution to one, or more, of the following:
- reducing stigma and discrimination;
- developing mentally healthy communities and workplaces;
- reducing loneliness and social and emotional isolation and;
- reducing suicides.
Guidance and application forms are available to download here. The closing date for applications is midnight on 24th February 2019.
Please ensure you use the correct application forms for the geographic area you will be working in.
Application forms - Darlington area
- Application form - Darlington area (pdf / 61 KB)
- Application form - Darlington area (docx / 79 KB)
- Guidance notes - Darlington area (pdf / 113 KB)
Application forms - Hambleton, Richmondshire and Whitby area
Further information about stronger communities
Download the reports below.
Stronger communities annual report 2016-17
Stronger communities annual report 2015-16
- Stronger communities annual report 2015-16 (summary) (pdf / 2 MB)
- Stronger communities annual report 2015-16 (full report) (pdf / 7 MB)
Shaping the future
On 1 July 2017 a new investment prospectus was launched by the stronger communities programme, revising the grants scheme in place since April 2015 and re-focusing the way that investment will be targeted in communities.
The programme can offer different levels of support and expert advice appropriate to the need of community organisations and the project proposed.
We want to see vibrant and active communities throughout North Yorkshire adding to the richness of local life and improving the wellbeing of people of all ages.
If you have an idea for a project or event in your community whether you’re a new group of interested residents or an existing community organisation, and it meets at least one of our key outcomes and priorities, then we would love to help. Grants up to a maximum of £1,000 are available to support eligible projects to help meet essential or start up costs.
If you would like to apply for a grant, check that your idea or project meets our eligibility criteria here.
If your project is eligible you will be able to submit an application to the Inspire Fund using the link that is provided within the eligibility checker.
Achieve together programme
In addition to the inspire fund, stronger communities will also be working with communities to work on a smaller number of targeted and longer term projects to achieve one or more key community outcomes. These projects must be evidence-based, clearly identifying needs, and will focus on longer term sustainability and impact at scale.
This is not an open grant scheme, as we are looking to form strategic partnerships with organisations working together to achieve shared ambitions. If you wish to discuss a project you think would be suitable for the achieve programme, please first read the prospectus including the eligibility criteria before contacting your local delivery manager.
Below you will find a link to see all the projects that have received investment from the inspire fund, an interactive map of projects supported under the original grants programme, and a case study video highlighting some of the projects the stronger communities programme has supported.
Case studies video
Projects included in the video are:
- Upper Wensleydale Community Office, Hawes;
- The Chapel Hub, Hutton Rudby;
- Osmotherley Community Group; and
- Musical Memories.
If you would like further information about the programme, please contact your local stronger communities delivery manager using the details below.