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Saturday, 26 March 2016

Roger's passion for Dales lives on through grant scheme

Roger and Brenda Stott.
A Dales conservation and environmental charity has launched a grants scheme to distribute £25,000 to support local communities.

Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust has launched the Roger Stott Community Grants programme to enable grass roots groups to expand their activities to benefit more local people.

Trust director David Sharrod said: “Successful applicants will have a cheque in their hand by the summer, enabling them to start making a difference in their local community straight away."

The grant programme has been launched in memory of Roger Stott, the trust's founding chairman, who died last year and dedicated much of his life to the area through many public roles. His strong vision was instrumental in establishing the firm foundations of the trust in 1996, allowing the charity to go from strength to strength since then.

Amounts of between £250 and £1,500 with groups able to apply for up to 100 per cent of the total project cost.

Small voluntary organisations and community groups with an annual income of less than £30,000 are eligible to apply for projects in or near the Yorkshire Dales National Park – including within the boundary extension – and in the Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Funding can be used to cover revenue expenses, such as staff costs, rent or training, or for capital investment in assets such as furniture, computers or catering equipment, to name just a few.

After the launch of the programme in her husband’s name, Brenda Stott said: “The family were delighted to hear about the plans to launch a new grant scheme in Roger’s honour. The scheme will enable YDMT to respond to the diverse needs of communities across the area by providing small grants at a local level. I know that Roger would have been thrilled.”

An application form, guidance notes and map of the eligible area can be downloaded from Closing date for applications is 5pm on Monday 18 April. Final decisions will be made on 19 May and all applicants will be contacted soon after.

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