Richmondshire District Council

Purpose of the Area Partnerships 

Richmondshire District Council has five Area Partnerships to help us improve how we engage with our communities.

Apply for funding

For 2022-23 there is £50,000 of funding available for the five Area Partnerships which cover Upper Dales, Central (including Richmond), Lower Wensleydale, Garrison and North Richmondshire. Each Area Partnership will receive £10,000 to award to local projects. Councillors have agreed to roll forward any underspends from the previous years giving partnerships another £15,411 to allocate.

The Area Partnership Fund is open to applications from Parish and Town Councils, Parish meetings, voluntary organisations and community groups with a constitution or set of rules. Capital or revenue projects must have been identified in either a Parish Plan, local community action plan, an Area Partnership Action Plan or through community consultation (e.g. equipment, building enhancements, sports clubs and community activities).

Through this scheme the maximum percentage of the total project costs which can be applied for is 75%. The project must be completed before the end of the financial year end in which the application was submitted (31 March 2023). 

Groups can apply for individual grants of up to £1,000 per application. Applications must be made by 11.59pm on 12 August 2022.

Apply for the Area Partnership fund 

Meetings of the Richmondshire Area Partnerships

The Richmondshire Area Partnership meetings are open to local parish councils, community organisations and members of the public to attend. Minutes of the latest meetings and details of the next scheduled meetings are listed below.  

Central Area Partnership

The area contains 14 parishes within the wards of Brompton on Swale and Scorton, Catterick, Hornby Castle and Richmond (Central, East and West). It includes Richmond itself in its area. The Chair is Councillor Ian Threlfall and Vice Chair, Councillor Lorraine Hodgson.

Previous meetings:

Garrison Area Partnership

This covers the areas of Hipswell, Colburn, Scotton, St Martins, Tunstall and Catterick (Marne Barracks only). The garrison area is defined by its proximity to the army's Catterick Garrison main site and Marne Barracks. Although the Garrison area doesn't have a distinct centre, the proposed new garrison town centre will change this. The Chair is Councillor Angie Dale, the Vice Chair is Councillor Kevin Foster.

Previous meetings:

Lower Wensleydale Area Partnership

The area contains 26 parishes in the wards of Bolton Castle, Leyburn, Lower Wensleydale and Middleham. The boundary mainly sits alongside the Yorkshire Dales National Park, with the main centres being Leyburn and Middleham. The area is extensively rural and is well located to benefit from the tourist economy as both towns act as a visitor gateway to Wensleydale. The Chair is John Hutchinson and the Vice Chair is Richard Sanderson. 

Previous meetings:

North Richmondshire Community Partnership

The North Richmondshire area consists of 30 parishes in the wards of Barton, Croft, Gilling West, Melsonby, Middleton Tyas, and Newsham and Eppleby. The area is fairly remote in rural character, despite being situated between Darlington, Barnard Castle and Richmond. The largest villages are Barton, Melsonby and Middleton Tyas. The Chair is Councillor Jimmy Wilson-Petch.

Previous meetings:

Upper Dales Area Partnership 

The area features 27 parishes within the wards of Addleborough, Hawes and High Abbotside, Penhill, Reeth and Arkengarthdale, and Swaledale. The Chair is Councillor Yvonne Peacock and the Vice Chair is Cllr Richard Good. 

Previous meetings:

Other information

View the summary of grants previously awarded.

If you're interested in becoming part of the partnerships, or want to find out more about how they operate, email the Business and Community team at 

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