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Nineteen Harrogate community groups to benefit from £45,000 grant

Nineteen community groups in the Harrogate district will benefit from a major grant being distributed by THE LOCAL FUND.

Nineteen community groups in the Harrogate district will benefit from a major grant being distributed by THE LOCAL FUND.

Just over £45,000 will be allocated to enable local organisations to restart activities in the wake of the pandemic. THE LOCAL FUND, which launched in 2017, is supported by Harrogate Borough Council, Harrogate & District Community Action and Two Ridings Community Foundation. And successful groups include Borough and District Community Care, Harrogate District of Sanctuary and Resurrected Bites.

Jan Garrill, Chief Executive of Two Ridings Community Foundation, said:

"Thanks to Harrogate Borough Council and local supporters like Full Circle Funerals, I am so pleased we could fund 19 projects in this latest grants round of THE LOCAL FUND for the Harrogate District.

"All the projects funded are working so hard to help local people safely reconnect, get active and be social again, whatever their circumstances.

"I'd urge anyone wanting to make a real difference in their community to get involved by donating to THE LOCAL FUND or making the most of our current match funding opportunity."

Successful groups include Boroughbridge and District Community Care who are using their grant to fund the running costs of providing a new minibus service to a farm shop, creating regular social activity for disadvantaged adults.

Harrogate District of Sanctuary are using their grant to support refugees and asylum seekers in the area including hiring rooms, employing interpreters and creating social events.

Having provided a food delivery service during the pandemic, Resurrected Bites are setting up community grocery services in areas of high need in Harrogate and Knaresborough.

And Nidderdale & Pateley Bridge Men’s Shed is all about improving the mental health and wellbeing of men in rural Nidderdale, addressing isolation and exclusion. Spending money on power tools will ensure their space is well resourced and continues to be well used.

Local businesswomen Sarah Jones of Full Circle Funerals, who is new to THE LOCAL FUND panel, said:

“It has been incredibly humbling to discover the hard work that is going on behind the scenes by local community groups to rebuild after the pandemic and we are delighted to have been able to contribute some much needed financial support to help put some of these inspiring plans into action.”

This is the third round of THE LOCAL FUND for the Harrogate District in 2021, enabling Harrogate district residents to support local organisations.

Councillor Sam Gibbs, chair of Harrogate Borough Council’s voluntary and community sector liaison group and LOCAL FUND grants panel member, said:

"THE LOCAL FUND provides continuous support for our local voluntary and community sector organisations and charities across the Harrogate district and the residents they support.

"It has been another incredibly tough year for them. And now, more than ever, it is critical these charities receive vital funds to ensure they can restart their activities and continue supporting as many people as possible."

To find out more about the fund and the grants made, visit https://www.tworidingscf.org.uk/fund/tlfharrogate/

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