One Year Left

ONE YEAR LEFT FOR ENVIRONMENTAL AND COMMUNITY GRANTS SCHEME

ENVIRONMENTAL and community projects close to a North Yorkshire company’s waste sites have only one more year to apply for cash support before the funding ends for good.

Over the last 17 years, grants of more than £12 million have been distributed to projects in Yorwaste’s areas of operation.

The grants, which are distributed by Yorwaste’s environmental body Yorventure, are raised from Yorwaste’s landfill operations and will come to an end with the mothballing of the company’s last remaining operational site, Harewood Whin, in summer 2017.

Groups applying for grants between now and July 2017, when the deadline ends, are being advised that as landfill tonnages have decreased in recent years, it means there is less money available so priority will be given to projects with real community benefit located close to Yorwaste’s operations.

This means that only those within 10 kilometres of a Yorwaste waste transfer station and active landfill  sites will be considered for a grant. These sites are at:

  • Dunslow Road, Eastfield, Scarborough, YO11 3UT
  • Tinker Lane, Rufforth, York, Y023 3RR
  • Brompton Road, Scorton, DL10 6AB
  • Harrogate Road, Skipton, BD23 6AB
  • Fairfield Way, Whitby, YO22 4PU

Yorventure Chairman Neil Carrigan said: “Unfortunately, because of the reduced level of funding now available, fewer applications will be successful than in recent years.

“We are, however, still very much looking forward to hearing from groups who are seeking funding and we will do our very best to accommodate as many projects as we can.

“Hundreds of projects have benefited during the 17 years that Yorventure and Yorwaste have been working in partnership and we are very pleased to have been able to contribute to the great work going on to improve local communities across North Yorkshire.”

Steve Barker, Managing Director of Yorwaste, said: “As we have moved towards more sustainable forms of waste disposal, this inevitably means that we no longer need to landfill North Yorkshire’s waste.

“Whilst this means funding for projects will come to an end, we are sure people will understand the major environmental benefits that not putting waste into landfill will bring.

“Yorwaste is proud of the fact that more than £12 million has been provided to fund a rich variety of projects in our areas of operation over the last 17 years.”

In 2015/16, grants of £752,118 were distributed to 37 projects. This included a grant of £25,000 to create a toddler area and dragon swing at Wheldrake Park, near York; £22,000 to provide outdoor fitness equipment in the village of Barton, near Richmond; and £27,085 for a new skate park in Aireville Park, Skipton.

Deadline for applications 1st June 2017, subject to confirmation

For more information on the scheme, please visit www.yorventure.co.uk/how-to-apply or contact Angela Pease on 01937 848858, email angela.pease@yorventure.co.uk.