£50,000 giveaway - National Park wants to hear from applicants wanting grant cash (From The Westmorland Gazette)
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£50,000 giveaway - National Park wants to hear from applicants wanting grant cash
1:29pm Wednesday 16th October 2013 in News
Community groups and businesses in the Yorkshire Dales National Park are being urged to bid for funding to help them start local projects.
A special has more than £50,000 to give to support schemes.
The money is awarded to those that 'promote a more sustainable way of visiting, living in and working in the National Park, while conserving and enhancing our local culture, wildlife, landscape, land use and communities.'
There are two funding rounds still available this financial year.
The closing dates for applications will be November 28 and January 30 2013.
Decision on succesful applications will be made on January 23 and March 20.
Peter Stockton, the national park authority’s head of sustainable development, said: “It supports new business ideas, community schemes and environment projects and, so far this year, it has given approximately £100,000 to 13 projects, which is a fantastic achievement.
“There is still money left for new projects that will benefit people in the National Park and we hope to see more applications being submitted in the next few weeks.”
A recent grant has helped a marketer set up a Dales Hub website that will be a marketing and booking platform for activity providers within the National Park.
The fund fund was also able to support a money-saving project at the Wensleydale Creamery in Hawes.
The fund was launched in July 2002 and is funded by the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA).
In 2012/13, it supported 21 projects including:
• A community renewable energy project in Clapham
• An archaeological outreach project in Chapel le Dale
• The way-marking of a long-distance walk from the north to the south of the National Park
• The restoration of grassland in two nature reserves
• Improved educational facilities at Malham Youth Hostel
• Improved recreational facilities for the community in Sedbergh
• A community broadband scheme for Dent and Garsdale
• Enhanced visitor facilities in Swaledale • Promotion of accessible walking routes in Wharfedale.
Alternatively call 015242 51002 to discuss project ideas.
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