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.
Further information about stronger communities
Grants available for suicide prevention work
Local organisations in the Hambleton, Richmondshire, Whitby and Darlington areas committed to promoting good mental health and reducing the numbers of people taking their own lives are being encouraged to bid for funding to help them in their work.
The grants are only available to organisations based in either the Hambleton, Richmondshire and Whitby or Darlington Clinical Commissioning Group areas. 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.
Any organisation is eligible to apply however in the Hambleton, Richmondshire and Whitby areas we are particularly interested to receive application from schools, colleges and other education settings in this current round of funding. We would also welcome applications from those groups who work with carers – including young carers.
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 - 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. In North Yorkshire, that’s around 150,000 people, or to put it another way, more than the populations of Harrogate and Scarborough combined.
The new grant funding programme will play an important part in the work that supports the aims and objectives of 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.
Organisations will be able to bid for between £500 and £4,000 for funding for projects that can be delivered by the end of November 2020 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 17th November 2019.
Please ensure you use the correct application forms for the geographic area you will be working in.
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
We are seeking at least one not-for-profit organisation to deliver part of a pilot that aims to improve outcomes for pre-school age children in relation to school readiness, with a strong focus on speech, language and communications development.
It is known that differences in the degree that children have reached a good level of development (or GLD) by the time they start school especially in relation to speech and language development, are predictive of educational attainment, occupational success, and can also have marked implications for future social mobility and health outcomes.
The approach to the pilot is two-fold, with a universal offer for all families, and more intensive support offered to families where particular vulnerabilities have been identified. This acknowledges that there needs to be a consistent approach across: the home, childcare settings and the community, based on the principle that in order for children to be school ready we must have: ready families; ready settings; and ready communities.
This grant will primarily support ready communities.
It is anticipated that the pilot will start in February 2020 and last 12 months.
The pilot is split into two areas:
- Lot 1 – Ryedale (specifically the towns of Malton, Norton, Kirkbymoorside and Pickering)
- Lot 2 – East Whitby
Organisations can apply for either or both of the Lots.
The available grant for Lot 1 is £40,000 and the available grant for Lot 2 is £10,000.
The specification and application form are available to download below. The closing date for applications is 5pm on Monday 27 January 2020.
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.
The Stronger Communities Inspire Fund will be closed to applications between 1 April and 30 June 2020 to allow for a period of review to take place. Therefore applications to be considered under the current Inspire Fund need to be submitted by no later than 5:00pm on 31 March 2020.
Applications to the Stronger Communities Inspire Fund will re-open on 1 July 2020, and revised eligibility criteria and supporting application guidance will be available shortly. If you have any questions or would like further information in the meantime, please contact your local Delivery Manager.
We are however aware that due to the current situation with Coronavirus (COVID-19) that community and voluntary groups may need small scale financial support for local projects at this time. If this is the case, please contact your local Delivery Manager for further information.
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.