£30,000 given to 23 groups

MORE than 20 community groups in the Harrogate district have been given grants from the community chest and arts and heritage fund, with more set to follow.

Harrogate Borough Council recently made awards totalling £30,000 to 23 community and voluntary groups in the district.

It is now offering a further five grants of up to £1,000 each to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, intended to be split between Boroughbridge, Harrogate, Knaresborough, Nidderdale and Ripon.

Council leader Don Mackenzie said: “We are keen that projects seeking a grant from this small Diamond Jubilee fund will be able to demonstrate community participation and be linked to volunteering in some way.

“This is the first Royal Diamond Jubilee since Queen Victoria’s in 1897 and, as well as offering this funding, the council will be marking it in other ways including joining in with the lighting of 2012 beacons over the Jubilee weekend.”

The deadline for nominations is noon on February 24. The projects must be one-off, have no-on-going running costs, start after April 2012 and be completed by the end of September.

To be considered for an award, organisations must show that their project will benefit a large section of the community, links with volunteering and have clear outcomes.

Project proposal forms and guidance notes are available at www.harrogate.gov.uk/voluntary.

The council set up the community chest funding stream in 2007 as part of plans to increase its support for the voluntary and community sector. Since then over £100,000 has been awarded from the scheme.