New community grant scheme
A new grant scheme to help grass root organisations provide key support to vulnerable Richmondshire residents through the coronavirus pandemic has been set up.
The district council’s scheme will help community groups across the district with cash handouts from £50 to £500.
The £10,000 pot is available to deal with emerging issues and reduce the impact of social isolation as a result of the virus. These could be directed at people who live alone and need to be kept connected to the outside world during this time, or people facing poverty or poor mental health at this time.
“This scheme is offering small grants to local people to help local people,” said Richmondshire District Council Leader, Councillor Angie Dale.
“There are so many small groups being established across our district just for this crisis offering aid to neighbours who are isolated as a result of COVID-19. We want to help them. It could be to pay for initiatives to support the wellbeing of residents particularly those living alone, or for a community group to buy a printer to provide information to residents.”
Town or Parish Councils or community support groups can apply for between £50 and £500 – but must be a formal, constituted group with a bank account to be eligible.
Businesses, companies and schools are not eligible. The scheme also cannot be used for food parcels as there is assistance for this through the North Yorkshire Local Assistance Fund.