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Tuesday, 7 June 2016

National park grants up for grabs

The North York Moors National Park Authority is looking for projects to fund that will increase awareness of the area or will benefit local communities. Two types of grant up are for grabs.

A local distinctiveness and tourism grant is available to fund innovative projects that look to increase awareness of the area as well as use the area’s local unique qualities for the benefit of visitors and ensure that any increase in visitors is sustainable.

Meanwhile a community grant is offering funding of up to £3,500 to community groups for small-scale projects that provide environmental benefits, conserve cultural heritage and local history, or improve community facilities.

Community grant applications need to be in by 30 June while the distinctiveness and tourism grant applications will be considered throughout the year.

Last year's community grants included installing barn owl boxes, providing play equipment, refurbishing toilets, resurfacing car parks and printing a publication on local history. The tourism grant has supported initiatives such as electric bike hire for guests staying at Smugglers Rock and new country skills courses at Peat Rigg Outdoor Training Centre.

Catriona McLees, head of promotion and tourism at the North York Moors National Park said: “The grants are a great way to help local communities, organisations and businesses. It gives them a helping hand to make a difference.

"One example of how the grant has benefited a local business is with Wheeldale Woolcrafts, who have been able to launch locally-produced and processed wool through the use of a carding machine for selling to spinners and felt makers, and to set up a display area and small shop for people to visit.”

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