Singing in the Dales thanks to community grants

August 15, 2019

Earlier this year a Roger Stott Community Grant helped the Dales Community Pop Choir to go to the UK Choir Festival. An exciting opportunity for members of this community choir based in Leyburn. The choir brings people together for “90 minutes of escapism and joy each week for all”. Its 50 members – aged between 16 to 70 – have the opportunity to make friends and not feel so isolated.

Dales Community Pop Choir performing their annual fundraising concert.

Dales Community Pop Choir performing their annual fundraising concert.

This is just one example of how voluntary groups across the Yorkshire Dales benefit from small grants available through our Roger Stott Community Grants Programme.

Small grants, big impact!

Community grants can have a wide range of uses. They can cover revenue expenses such as staff costs, rent or training, or capital investment in assets such as furniture, computers or catering equipment – to name a few.

The latest round of grants saw £21,872.72 awarded to 17 projects.

A community grant awarded to Settle Stingrays Swimming Club paid for equipment and training to provide a safe swimming environment for young people. £1,300 awarded to Reeth & District Community Transport has helped provide low cost transport in Swaledale. Skipton Refugee Support Group received a grant to support an educational play across secondary schools in Craven.

Community and voluntary groups are vital to rural areas like the Yorkshire Dales. They help to build skills, tackle loneliness and social isolation. We’re looking forward to supporting many more amazing projects that make this special area of the world a better place to live.

How to apply

The next round of our Roger Stott Community Grants scheme will open on 23 September until 28 October 2019 – find out how you can apply.