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New Grants for People with Ideas to Boost North York Moors


3:41pm 14th May 2013

New grants for good ideas have been launched by the North York Moors National Park Authority.

The grants for environmental innovation and tourism aim to help the local economy prosper in difficult times.

Chief Executive Andy Wilson said: “We have a long history of offering grants to individuals and communities for conservation work and environmental improvements.

“But our recent grants through LEADER-funded initiatives have shown us what wonderfully imaginative ideas can come from our business community.

“We hope that with a little bit of financial support from us we can encourage new ideas and make a difference to the North York Moors.”

Residents of the National Park are encouraged to think up new ideas for The Environmental Innovation Fund, The Local Distinctiveness and Tourism Grant and The Community Grant.

The Environmental Innovation Fund is offering grants for substantial projects with total costs over £10,000. The Authority wants to give grants for capital works which show substantial new or innovative elements. Projects must benefit the environment and both or either the local economy and the local community, such as recycling or rainwater harvesting projects.

The Local Distinctiveness and Tourism Grant is offering support to projects which raise the profile of the North York Moors and make it easier for visitors to enjoy the distinctive features of the area.

Examples might be creating packages linking different businesses together such as activity and transport providers, a new local produce market or a new challenge event in the low season.

Projects will be funded between 50% and 100%, with collaborations and the voluntary sector attracting higher awards. Grants awarded will not generally be expected to exceed £5,000 but exceptional projects requesting a grant of more than £10,000 may be considered individually by the Authority.

The Community Grant is offering grants up to £5,000 for small scale projects with a strong community benefit. These might be habitat improvements to a churchyard, restoring a village monument or installing energy efficient measures to a community building.

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