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Monday, 1 February 2016

National park grants up for grabs

Almost £50,000 is still up for grabs for communities, individuals, businesses and organisations wanting help with projects in the Yorkshire Dales National Park.

During the current financial year more than £90,000 has been given to schemes that help preserve the natural beauty, wildlife or cultural heritage of the area or promote ways to enjoy the area while providing local economic or community benefit.

Recent grants from the national park's sustainable development fund include £5,000 for an economic viability study for Wensleydale Railway Association; £3,000 to improve heating efficiency at Sedbergh's People’s Hall; and £4,500 to Grassington-based Kent Furniture Ltd to help pay for a briquette machine to turn waste wood shavings into fuel.

Sustainable development officer Andrea Burden said: “We would like to hear from any local projects that will bring economic, social and environmental benefits to the national park.

“Ideally they need to submit an application within the next week or so to be eligible for this last round of grants in the 2015/16 financial year.

“The money is there for individuals, businesses, community groups or voluntary-sector bodies who have great projects that need some financial help.

“The only condition is that the project should contribute in some way to looking after the national park’s natural beauty, wildlife or cultural heritage, or it should promote opportunities for the public to understand and enjoy those things – while at the same time providing some local economic or community benefit.”

More details about the fund can be found on the national park authority website at yorkshiredales.org.uk/sdf .

Enquirers are recommended to email or phone before submitting an application. Email SDF@yorkshiredales.org.uk or by phone 01969 652337.

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