Richmondshire Funding Schemes

Richmondshire District Council provides access to grant funding for both businesses and communities through the Business & Community Team. The team is responsible for administering several funding schemes through the council, disseminating information regarding external funding sources and supporting local organisations in gaining grant support, where possible. Should you be unable to locate the information you require, please contact Samantha Coultish, Business & Community Support Officer via telephone: 01748 901037 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



Current Funding Schemes 2017-18


The Social Fund 

The Social Fund is designed to support specific community schemes or activities taking place within one of the district's five growth areas of Colburn, Hipswell, Leyburn, Richmond and Scotton. Applications should be within the £7,500 to £50,000 bracket with applicants expected to raise 70% of the project's cost. The council has £270,000 to allocate from this scheme. Please click here for further information. 


The Small Business Grant Scheme

The Small Business Grant Scheme opens for applications for the fifth time on 1st November 2017, with a pot of £30,000 to allocate to local businesses which met the scheme's criteria. Applications were made for purchases which will generate further income or increase employment opportunities for the business and included the purchase of IT equipment, websites, marketing and promotion, business specific equipment however it cannot fund any general day to day running costs. Please click here for further information. 


Closed Funding Schemes

The Economic Growth Fund

UPDATE - Due to the large number of applications received into the fund, we are not accepting applications at this time. Should this change in the future an update will be available here. For further information regarding this please contact Samantha Coultish via 01748 901037.

The Economic Growth Fund has a pot of £300,000 and will support initiatives which aim to achieve growth in the district's economy through commercial activity. It could be used for things such as capital works, business expansion projects, training or consultancy costs, feasibility studies or other costs associated with enabling organisations and in turn the local economy to grow - with grants from £4,000 to £100,000 available. Please click here for further information. 


Richmondshire Area Partnership Fund 

UPDATE - The Richmondshire Area Partnership Funding Scheme 2017-18 has closed. Should this scheme re-open for applications in the future, further information will be placed here.

Richmondshire District Council has approved an allocation of £50,000 to allow the Richmondshire Area Partnerships £10,000 each to award to small community projects in Richmondshire. The application form and criteria can be downloaded on the link below: 

docArea Partnership Fund - Application Form 

The scheme will support community activities and projects including sports groups, parish councils and local village halls. 

For further information or if you have any questions or queries, then please contact Chloe Lewis on 01748 901038 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 


Richmondshire Economic Action Plan 2016-2020

Adopted in June 2016, the Richmondshire Economic Action Plan identifies the priority areas the Council believes need to be addressed to deliver economic growth and the specific actions that we will take to achieve our identified outcomes. The identified key priorities are:

The plan can be downloaded here: Richmondshire Economic Action Plan 2016-2020



Alternative Funding Sources

Some of our grant schemes require some level of match funding, ranging from 25 % to 70% (please refer to individual grant scheme criteria for more information). In order to assist applicants, the following page details a list of alternative grant schemes which we are aware of and which may be suitable for applicants to apply to for further funding support.

Alternative Funding Schemes


Quarterly Newsletters

On a quarterly basis, the Business & Community team produce a funding & grants newsletter which highlights the various schemes open and operated through RDC and external grants which community groups/businesses and residents can apply for. For more information, please visit the Community & Funding Newsletter page.


Statutory Grants to External Bodies

Richmondshire District Council also supports the work of the Citizens Advice Bureau and Wheels2Work through an annual grant payment in support of the work they do for residents in the Richmondshire district area.



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