We continue to be inundated with applications to our Community Development Fund and among the latest beneficiaries include a ‘mini-police’ scheme, a North Yorkshire Moors voluntary bus service and support group for children with additional needs.

All grants are approved by our own residents, via a Community Development Fund Panel, and we have been pleased to provide grants to support a range of projects over the last six months, including:

  • £500 was given to the Northallerton Mini-Police, a scheme launched this year which allows youngsters to dress up in uniforms and learn about policing issues, staying safe and undertaking some volunteering work.
  • £500 went towards the addition of Saturday service on the Moorsbus network, which takes passengers from Northallerton, Thirsk and a number of villages en-route to the North York Moors and across to the Yorkshire coast.
  • SEND Parent Support Richmondshire used its grant to open a sensory toy library for children with additional needs, such as learning and physical disabilities.
  • New equipment financed through a £500 grant ensured popular aquafit sessions at Richmond Swimming Pool started with a splash since the facility re-opened following a major refurbishment.
  • Thirsk Rugby Club used their £500 grant to provide posts for a new pitch, renovate an equipment store and supply free kit to children.

People/organisations who would like to apply through the Community Development Fund can visit our dedicated application page to find out more.