Groups awarded council small grants celebrate at Mercer Art Gallery reception

Three members of the Scotton Scorchers Junior Football Club Freddie Robinson (8), Alex Margason(7) and his brother Ben(9) hold the �30,453  cheque  that was awarded to thirteen groups from around the area by the Harrogate Borough Council's Small Grants Fund.
Three members of the Scotton Scorchers Junior Football Club Freddie Robinson (8), Alex Margason(7) and his brother Ben(9) hold the �30,453 cheque that was awarded to thirteen groups from around the area by the Harrogate Borough Council's Small Grants Fund.

There was plenty to celebrate at Harrogate’s Mercer Gallery this week when the groups awarded from Harrogate Borough Council’s Small Grants Fund had a special reception.

The council’s Small Grants Fund supports and strengthens voluntary and community sector organisations serving communities across the district.

Funds are available to help increase participation and engagement, and to support new and innovative ideas.

Members of the thirteen groups awarded grants this year - the tenth anniversary of the fund - will be presented with a large cheque at the reception by the Leader of Harrogate Borough, Council Richard Cooper.

The Deputy Mayor, Councillor Christine Willoughby, also attended the celebratory reception.

Councillor Richard Cooper said: “The voluntary sector plays a significant role in our community, contributing a great deal to the vitality of our district.

“That’s why an important priority for the council is to support community groups, voluntary organisations and charities with their work through grants like these.

“This year’s Small Grants awards go to groups right across the district working on a diverse range of initiatives, and I’m pleased that we are able to support them in their endeavours.”

The Small Grants that were handed out out to the 13 local groups totalled £30,452.

This year those groups were:

Asenby Institute - £3000

Charity of William Hardcastle, Pateley Bridge - £2907

The Friends of Follifoot Wildlife Recreation and Play - £1705

Friends of St Cuthbert’s School, Pateley Bridge - £3000

Harrogate Skills 4 Living Centre - £2000

High Batts Nature Reserve, Ripon - £2750

Hookstone and Stonefall Action Group, Harrogate - £1675

The Pannal Sports Junior Football Club, Harrogate - £3000

Scotton Scorchers Junior Football Club, Knaresborough - £2000

Sharrow Village Hall and Sports Ground - £1500

Rossett Local Nature Reserve Group, Harrogate - £1915

The Rotary Club Harrogate Brigantes £2000

Wellspring Therapy & Training - £3000