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

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 are 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 have any questions or would like further information, please contact your local Delivery Manager.

Achieve together programme

In addition to the inspire fund, stronger communities also work with communities 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 contact your local delivery manager.

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

Since the start of the pandemic, Stronger Communities has invested over £200,000 in small grants to community projects to help communities and charities respond to the needs of their communities during the varying levels of lockdown. Grants have been made for a range of projects that have supported people to self-isolate, have access to food and supplies and stay connected to people through technology.  As we move towards recovery, grants have  also been used to support groups to re-open some services and activities where they were able to confidently operate in a covid-safe and compliant way.

To support community groups to continue to operate - albeit recognising that for many that will mean operating differently, we will continue to offer small grants to help groups adapt existing activities or start new things that help people regain confidence and independence in a safe and covid compliant way.

It is important that groups continue to think about the risks associated with carrying out services and activities. To help you with this, advice and guidance on the safe operation of buildings and services is available from the Community Support Team at Community First Yorkshire, you can also see links to specific guidance on the Community First Yorkshire website

Read all the latest government guidance in relation to coronavirus.

Grants of up to £1000 are currently available; for further information or details on how to apply, please contact or contact your local delivery manager

Grants fund is due to close on 31 August 2021 at 5pm. Therefore after this point, text should be changed as follows:

The government made provision for an emergency fund of £63 million to be distributed to local authorities in England to help those who are facing financial hardship and as a result were struggling to afford food and other essentials due to COVID-19. North Yorkshire wa allocated £530k, which was spent across four themes:

  • food providers and supply
  • individual hardship payments
  • benefits advice and support
  • volunteer support

In 2020/21, £277,000 of this funding was awarded to 48 groups and / or projects to support and expand the direct provision of food for those people and families experiencing financial hardship, through two rounds of the Food Banks and Community Food Projects Support Fund.

It is clear that as we move out of emergency response and look towards recovery, that there is:

  • a need to explore how new and emerging local food support options can be retained and / or developed in a sustainable way on a longer term basis
  • while supporting people to improve their confidence and increase their levels of independence. 

In light of this, further funding was secured, and £120,000 made available for the Food for the Future Grants Fund. This fund is now closed, and details of awards will be available shortly.

We have been allocated funding to run a place based, grass roots community grants programme for the districts of Craven and Harrogate.

Our aim is to use the funding available across Harrogate and Craven to support the national target to reduce suicides by 10%.

Our outcomes will focus on the development of a range of place based, grass roots community interventions in order to strengthen and build resilience and that make 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
  • Providing communities with the knowledge and confidence to seek help or help others to prevent self-harm or suicide
  • Recognise and reduce common contributory factors and life stressors
  • Reducing rates of self-harm (key indicator of suicide risk)
  • Reduce the frequency and numbers of suicides in Harrogate & Craven.

Organisations will be able to bid for grants of between £500 and £5,000.

Closing date for all applications is midnight 26 November 2021.

All applications must be made via an application form. The application and guidance for completing the form is available by contacting our Development Officer

Humber Coast and Vale, which includes North East Lincolnshire, North Lincolnshire, East Riding, York, Scarborough and Ryedale, Hull, Whitby, Hambleton and Richmond, and Harrogate, are passionate in their belief that suicide is preventable.

Recently, we were successful in securing the Suicide Prevention (including Postvention) portfolio from the Humber, Coast and Vale Health and Care Partnership for the next 12 months.

Our vision for this programme is that communities, businesses and partnerships within the Humber Coast and Vale will engage in making every life worth living; will understand that suicide is preventable; and will be empowered to reach out and save a life.

We will look to support and fund Projects that make a positive contribution to one, or more, of the following outcomes:

  • Reduces loneliness and social and emotional isolation
  • Reduces suicides
  • Reduces stigma and discrimination and raises awareness
  • Changes culture and builds resilience
  • Effectively supports those affected by suicide (postvention).

Organisations will be able to bid for grants of between £500 and £5,000.

Closing date for all applications is midnight 26 November 2021.

All applications must be made via an application form. The application and guidance for completing the form is available by contacting our Development Officer

Specialist Postvention Support Pilot

We are currently working with a not for-profit organisation based in North Yorkshire to deliver a 12 month pilot specialist postvention support service.

Funding in the sum of £25,000 has been made available from NHS partners to enhance the county’s existing service by developing and delivering a pilot specialist postvention support for individuals and families across six districts in North Yorkshire (delivery in Craven is excluded from the scope of this funding opportunity as alternative provision is already in place).

For more information or updates on this project please contact our Development Officer

Self-harm Service Co-design 

We – on behalf of the Humber Coast and Vale Health and Care Partnership (HCV HCP) – are working with a not for-profit Provider, to help us design and develop a specification for a new non-clinical self-harm support service as part of the wider suicide prevention programme.

We are keen that the design of the specification for the new service is co-produced with people with lived experience of self-harm and support services, and that it reflects the needs and views of people affected in the Humber Coast and Vale Health and Care Partnership (HCV HCP) area.

The grant for this project is £5000.

For more information or updates on this project, please contact our Development Officer

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.

The stronger communities team have annual reports available for 2015/16, 2016/17, as well as Shaping the Future reports for 2017/18 and 2018/19. If you would like more information, or a copy of one of our reports, please contact

If you would like further information about the programme, please contact the relevant member of the team using the details below.  General enquiries should be forwarded to

Head of stronger communities (for county-wide projects)
Marie-Ann Jackson

Tel: 01609 532925

Stronger communities development officer
Amber Graver

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