Ripon grants scheme opens for applications


May 18, 2021
Photo of Ripon YMCA
Ripon's YMCA benefited last year from the grants scheme

Community groups in Ripon are being invited to apply for grants of up to £1,000.

Ripon City Council’s small grants scheme has £20,000 available for allocation in the 2021/2022 financial year.

The scheme is designed to be an easy way to access a source of funding for local organisations.

A council spokesperson said:

“The council recognises the disruption to our local groups and organisations caused by the covid pandemic.

“We aim to support as many different activities in the city as possible in the financial year.

“With this in mind, the scheme will not have a closing date in 2021/22 and will remain open until funds are exhausted.

“We will review the applications received at each meeting of the council.”

Photo or workers at the Jennyruth Workshops

The Jennyruth Workshops charity provides training and work opportunities that help to build confidence (Photograph courtesy of Jennyruth Workshops)

Among those to receive an award last year was Jennyruth Workshops, which is a charity that provides work and life skills for adults with learning disabilities.

An award was also made to Ripon YMCA, which provides supported housing for young people aged 16-35.

Other grant recipients in the 2020/2021 financial year included Ripon Community Link, Ripon City AFC, Ripon City Photographic Society, Ripon City Panthers Junior Football Club Friends of Hell Wath and Abbeyfield Ripon and District Society Ltd.

If an applicant is not a wholly Ripon-based organisation it may be necessary to ringfence any grant from the council towards a Ripon-based event, project or activity.

Applications must clearly benefit Ripon people as the grants scheme has been funded by an increase in the precept – money collected through the council tax levied on Ripon residents.

The council will not consider applications from commercial organisations, individuals, political groups or for projects of a directly political nature.

All valid applications will be considered by full council. Further details are available here.

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