Stronger communities

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

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. 

You can  see the full prospectus here (pdf / 3 MB).

The programme can offer different levels of support and expert advice appropriate to the need of community organisations and the project proposed.

Inspire fund

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.

Inspire awards

View the data on projects that have received investment from the inspire fund here.

    Interactive map

    Launch map of grants awarded

    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.

    Head of stronger communities (for county-wide projects)
    Marie-Ann Jackson
    Tel: 01609 532925

    General enquiries 
    Mark Taylor

    Tel: 01609 533914

    Stronger communities delivery manager (Craven)
    Marion Tweed-Rycroft
    Tel: 01609 532236

    Stronger communities delivery manager (Hambleton)
    Adele Wilson-Hope

    Tel: 01609 532223

    Stronger communities delivery manager (Harrogate and district)
    Liz Meade

    Tel: 01609 798930

    Stronger communities delivery manager (Richmondshire)
    Lucy Moss-Blundell

    Tel: 01609 533579

    Stronger communities delivery manager (Ryedale and the Moors)
    Paddy Chandler

    Tel: 01609 532265

    Stronger communities delivery manager (Scarborough and district)
    Karen Atkinson

    Tel: 01609 534061

    Stronger communities delivery manager (Selby and district)
    Tom Jenkinson

    Tel: 01609 533808