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Community groups in Skipton are being invited to apply for grants of up to £1,000 for local projects.

Craven District Council’s Ward Member Grants scheme has been launched for the sixth year running. The scheme allows community groups to apply to their local councillors for cash to help provide community-run events, services and facilities.

Each ward councillor has a maximum of £1,000 to give out to local organisations. Applications can be made throughout the year and will be approved on a first come basis until all the funding is allocated or by March 2022.

Councillor David Ireton, lead member for Resilient Communities at Craven District Council, said: “This scheme has been very successful over the last few years, contributing to a wide range of projects in communities across the district.

“Last year over 60 projects received funding, ranging from £100 to £1,000, and this went to many different activities, including arts projects, community buildings, environmental improvements, children’s activities, health and wellbeing, playgrounds and sport.

“We’ve helped sporting groups including Bradley Cricket Club, Cowling Football Club, Skipton over-50s Walking Football Group, and Craven Judo Academy."

“We’ve supported projects ranging from a new Parents Support Group in Embsay with Eastby, Cononley Speed Watch Group, solar panels for Lothersdale Village Hall Trust, litter-pickers for Wharfedale Wombles, camping tents for 5th Skipton Parish Scouts and a new polytunnel for Incredible Edible Skipton.  

“Ward Member Grants allow every district councillor to respond to their local needs. This year more than ever, community groups have required support to keep going through the Covid-19 crisis and continue to provide vital services for the wellbeing of residents. We have helped projects such as Skipton Step Into Action’s Walk and Talk Befriending Service, Cowling Companions, and Skipton Schools Sports Partnership’s physical and mental wellbeing project."

To find out further details of the scheme, see if your project is eligible to apply and see who was awarded grants last year, go to cravendc.gov.uk/wardmembergrants or contact your ward councillor directly for further details.

A total of £30,000 is available across Craven, with applications open now and closing on 14th February 2022.


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