Richmondshire District Council

A new £300,000 grant scheme to fund community and social projects in Richmondshire has got the green light.

The District Council’s Communities Investment Fund (CIF) will provide cash to community groups and charities to support new projects and improve facilities for local people.

Two thirds of the pot will benefit the five growth areas of Colburn, Richmond, Hipswell, Scotton and Leyburn with the remaining £100,000 available across the remainder of the district. Groups can apply for a maximum of £50,000 for their projects.

The new fund replaces the current Social Fund and draws on both its experience and that of the Community Opportunities Fund which ran for the three years prior to 2016.

Up to 70% of a scheme's cost will be supportable but will not include vehicle purchases, running costs or projects that have been completed or are underway.

Members of Full Council gave approval to the fund last night (October 22).

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