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Nidderdale Plus Community Fund

Set up by Nidderdale Plus in February 2022, Nidderdale Charity Shop sells second-hand clothes, bric-a-brac, household goods, books and other items.  The proceeds from all sales are used for two charitable purposes:

  1. To provide a grant fund each year—The Nidderdale Plus Community Fund–to which Nidderdale and Washburn Valley charities, groups and other not-for-profit organisations can apply to fund revenue activities and capital projects that are needed in their community.
  2. To help fund the charitable activities of Nidderdale Plus Community Hub, such as: Community Transport service; Meals on Wheels service; Minibus Days Out; Digital Champion service and our Befriending project.

For 2024, the Nidderdale Plus Community Fund opens on 5th February, and applications are invited up to 25th March 2024. The panel meets in early May when the decisions will be made about grant awards. We were really pleased with the number of applications for the first round of this new fund, that ran from September to November 2023, and you can see the awards that were made to community groups and charities in the table below.

Please see the information below the table for how to apply to the Fund and the criteria. The link to access the form, which is at the bottom of this page and is hosted by Two Ridings Community Foundation, will be open on 5th February. If you would like to discuss a possible application before applying, please get in touch with the hub by emailing admin@nidderdaleplus.org.uk or calling us on 01423 714953.

Nidderdale Plus Community Fund

Grants Awarded in Round 1, November 2023

Grant ApplicationProject Summary
Dacre Banks Bowling ClubImproving the quality of the bowling green to maintain wellbeing, exercise and enjoyment of members and recruit future members.
Dales and Bowland CICTo enable the continued provision and promotion of Bus Service 24 between Harrogate and Pateley Bridge on Sundays and Bank Holidays throughout the year.
Darley Methodist ChurchFunding towards cushions and curtains to make a community venue in a rurally isolated area more cosy.
Hampsthwaite Women’s InstituteContribution towards the Hampsthwaite WI Christmas meal, encouraging community and reducing isolation.
Markington Memorial InstituteReplacing 10 village hall tables to improve disabled accessibility, modernise the hall and increase usership. Tables will fold and be easier for groups to use.
Nidderdale & Pateley Bridge Men’s Shed CIOUpgrading men’s shed electrics to enable more people to safely work together during sessions and reduce risk of turning people away.
Nidderdale Allotment SocietyPhysical improvements to an allotment site to improve water supply and manage rats and rabbits: improving wellbeing of allotment holders and site productivity.
Nidderdale Community ChoirFunding to buy sheet music for rural, local community choir, supporting them to keep their subscriptions at an affordable level for those in receipt of state pensions.
Pateley Bridge & Bewerley Memorial HallA new projector to support the groups and activities at the memorial hall. Usage includes community film nights which help reduce loneliness and contribute to hall sustainability.
Pateley Bridge Junior Football ClubRequest to subsidise club subscription fees (to cover pitch hire) so as not to disadvantage / exclude families on lower incomes and to give time for other fundraising efforts.
The Blue BookFunding towards the printing and distribution costs of The Blue Book to support people with dementia providing useful information regarding support and activities available to support individuals and their families.

How to Apply to the Nidderdale Plus Community Fund and Criteria

What type of activity can be funded?

Local not-for-profit groups can apply

  • to run activities and services,
  • to cover essential running cost such as utilities, rent, core staff, insurance, etc,
  • or to cover the costs of small capital schemes.

We would particularly like to receive applications from organisations who are addressing the following:

  • promoting wellbeing
  • fostering independence
  • cultivating a sense of belonging
  • community energy projects

We will give priority to applicants that:

  • can evidence demand,
  • are working with people who need extra support to stay independent and well.

We will support and consider applications only from groups working in, or for people living in Nidderdale and the Washburn Valley as indicated on the map on this page. We also expect that applications should reflect the concerns and priorities of the target beneficiaries and fit well with existing community services/activities.

The Nidderdale Plus Community Fund is keen to support community inspired and led projects, activities, schemes and events which help to demonstrate how a small investment can make a big difference to the local community.

Who can apply?

Grants from the Nidderdale Plus Community Fund are targeted at small voluntary and community groups and charities (annual income less than £200k) and other types of not-for-profit organisations with charitable aims, where a small amount of money can make a significant difference.  

How to apply

Ensure you are eligible (full eligibility criteria can be found at the link given below, or by picking up a paper copy at the Community Hub), and that the fund is currently accepting applications.

 The online application process is straightforward, as it provides applicants with the ability to dip in and out of their application saving changes as they go. Support is also available from the Foundation to assist applicants applying in this way. If required a paper version of the application form is available on request from the Foundation.