Capital grant scheme for rural sport and physical activity projects opens for applications

A new physical activity and sports capital funding programme has been launched by North Yorkshire Sport, focusing on improving and upgrading facilities to encourage more of the population to be active.

The Capital Grant Scheme is being delivered by North Yorkshire Sport on behalf of North Yorkshire Council and is funded by the UK Government through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund and Rural England Prosperity Fund.

Through this one-off round £450,000 will be available for groups to apply, with bids capped at £49,999. The Fund is aimed at any community-based organisation or group wishing to improve or expand existing facilities, or create new infrastructure.

Applicants could be sports clubs, village halls, or other community run assets that are inclusive and welcoming of all in their community. Groups are advised to be in the process of applying for planning permission and be obtaining quotations for the work to ensure that the work can be delivered by March 2025.

Cllr Simon Myers (Executive Member for Culture, Arts and Housing) noted: ‘I am delighted to see the development of funding opportunities for the many excellent Clubs and Voluntary organisations across rural North Yorkshire which do so much to contribute to Sport for young and old and to the well-being of our communities.’

Potential applicants and those wanting to find out more should visit the website at https://www.northyorkshiresport.co.uk/ruralcapitalfund where they can access all of the information about the fund and also have the option to register for a webinar with North Yorkshire Sport on Wednesday 1st November.

For wider UKSPF opportunities in North Yorkshire please visit: UK shared prosperity fund | North Yorkshire Council

George Cull, Director of Development from North Yorkshire Sport said ‘This is a fantastic opportunity to provide much needed investment in all corners of North Yorkshire to provide improved and increased places to play sport and be active. For our communities the benefits go way beyond just being active, for many it is the social connection and the sense of community and belonging, as well as the health benefits. We encourage any interested organisations to find out more on our website and get in touch with your idea.’

Applications will need to be submitted by Sunday 7th January 2024 and will know if they have been successful by February 2024, with projects fully completed by March 2025.

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