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Local grants touch the heart of rural communities

Voluntary groups and organisations across the Yorkshire Dales have received funding worth more than £104,000 thanks to a charity’s local grants programme.

Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust, based in Clapham, has helped 88 projects through the Roger Stott Community Grant Programme over the last two years.

Supported by players of People’s Postcode Lottery, the grants of between £250 and £1,500 are available for voluntary organisations and community groups with an annual income of less than £30,000, and can be used to develop both new and existing initiatives.

The latest round saw £21,872.72 awarded to 17 projects, taking the total since March 2016 to £104,425.15.

They include equipment and training for Settle Stingrays Swimming Club so they can provide a safe swimming environment for young people, £1,300 for Reeth & District Community Transport for low cost transport in Swaledale and support for Skipton Refugee Support Group so they can perform an educational play across three secondary schools in Craven.

Michaela Brennan, YDMT Project Officer, said: “Community and voluntary groups are vital to rural areas like the Yorkshire Dales, building skills and tackling loneliness and social isolation.

“We are delighted to have supported 88 projects that make this special area of the world a better place to live and to visit. We are fortunate to be supported by players of People’s Postcode Lottery who make this possible.”

Will Humpington, Climate Change and Environmental Programmes Advisor at People’s Postcode Lottery, added: “I’m thrilled that players of People’s Postcode Lottery are helping to support voluntary organisations and community groups through YDMT’s grants programme.

“These groups have a huge impact on the local people and the area of the Yorkshire Dales, and it’s important that they are given the opportunity to deliver valuable projects and initiatives.”

Over the last decade YDMT has received more than £2 million thanks to players of People’s Postcode Lottery through Postcode Earth Trust, supporting this and many other projects that benefit the people, landscape and wildlife of the Yorkshire Dales.

The Roger Stott Community Grant programme was launched in March 2016 in memory of the charity’s founding Chairman.

It can cover revenue expenses such as staff costs, rent or training, or be used for capital such as furniture, computers or catering equipment for example. No match-funding is required, so groups can apply for up to 100% of the total project costs.

The next round of applications will be held between 23rd September and 28th October.

Images : Steve Finch

The Roger Stott Community Grants Programme helps support community projects and groups across the Yorkshire Dales.

For more information, please call Mike Appleton at YDMT on 015242 51002 or email

About Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust:

Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust (YDMT) is a small charity doing big things to support the people, landscape and wildlife of the Dales.

To date the charity has helped to deliver inspiring projects worth around £28 million in the Yorkshire Dales and surrounding areas. These projects cover areas as diverse as countryside apprenticeships, supporting local communities, education and outreach, restoring woodlands and wildlife habitats, and improving access and understanding of this special place.

The Trust has recruited more than 50,000 supporters to date. Find out more at

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About People’s Postcode Lottery:

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