Welcome to Rural Action Yorkshire

We are a charity working with communities across Yorkshire to improve the quality of life for the people who live and work there. We provide a voice for rural communities to ensure they receive access to services that will keep them vibrant and viable.

We aim to ensure that rural issues and 'the rural voice' are recognised, acknowledged, and addressed at all levels of government. To communities we offer support, training, events and resources on everything affecting life in a rural area. This can range from sourcing funding to attracting volunteers, or running a community building to writing a business plan. Whatever area you need help with, get in touch today to find out how RAY can help you! 


We currently have a range of grants available across Yorkshire for rural communities. Grants of £250 are available per group to set up new projects, activities, schemes, or in some cases to make supplementary purchases which will improve existing schemes. The latest grant and funding information is always available here, on our Twitter homepage, and also via our monthly eBulletin. Find out more.


We'll list details of forthcoming Rural Action Yorkshire events here, or you can see them in the Dates for Your Diary section on the left of any page on this website. A full calendar of events organised by us, our members, partners and other organisations that are of interest to rural communities can be found on our Events Calendar.

Events for the Kirklees Two Valley and Huddersfield area on Funding and Dementia

- Funding Advice: Do's & Don'ts - Tips & Tricks
Wednesday 15th April, 10am-12pm, at Church Hall, Meltham | More info

Community Resilience training for Craven and North Bradford

Wednesday 29th April, 4pm-6pm, at Glusburn Institute, Glusburn | More info & poster
Join us to discuss keeping your community safe and how you can work with the emergency services to deliver quick and effective help in worst case scenarios. Grants available.

Village SOS underway across the nation: 

Check out the website below to find support, resources, and more information on signing up!

Village SOS seeks to make communities more enterprising, and assist you to reinvent and reinvigorate existing services.


Subscribe to receive regular email updates from RAY Become a member. Visit the Yorkshire Venues website  
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Community-Led Planning (CLP) Written evidence of the opinions of the whole community is a powerful way to tackle issues, improve provision and help influence policy making by a range of organisations, from local planning authorities to police and health services. Community-Led Plans (also known as Parish Plans) are a tried and tested tool that is already being used by over 4000 parishes. In our region they are giving a voice to over 200 communities, who have used their plans to encourage community spirit and action and also help with funding bids. Rural Action Yorkshire's Community-Led Planning Service provides impartial advice and support and can guide you through the process from consultation, to implementation of your action plan. Rural Action Yorkshire is a member of ACRE (Action with Community in Rural England) and also part of the RCAN (Rural Communities Action Network), which enables us to deliver a level of service and expertise based on practical experience gained across the whole England. The relevance of community-led planning has been thrown into sharp relief by the Government's plans to create 'The Big Society'. Rural Action Yorkshire aims to ensure that rural issues and the ‘rural voice’ are heard, acknowledged and addressed by the decision and policy makers at all levels of government. Our work with communities means that we are well positioned to influence and advocate on current and future service provision. Government at national, regional and local levels, regularly issue policy statements which potentially will impact on rural Yorkshire.

Editor's Choice

  • News In Brief: 21st April 2015 - 21/04/2015 - 1:00pm

    Rural schools experience funding gap; major study into improving rural community transport schemes in West Berkshire; analysis of the electoral manifestos by RSN; Tour de Yorkshire to bring £40m extra to the local economy; lack of affordable homes in the Yorkshire Dales.

  • Nearly one fifth of rural households living in poverty. - 21/04/2015 - 9:35am

    The Yorkshire Post has reported findings from the Rural Services Network (RSN) that one fifth of rural households live in poverty.

  • News in Brief: 16th April 2015 - 16/04/2015 - 11:15am

    Results of the Halifax Rural Quality of Life Survey; Police and Rural Communities discussing community action against crime; New Electricity Pylon Design; NFU warns dog owners on their duty of care to visitors; BBC roundup of headline policies for rural areas ahead of general election; government refuses to review planning law in relation to mobile phone masts.  

  • News in Brief: 7th April 2015 - 07/04/2015 - 11:31am

    Rural Businesses warned on rural grants; Government Consultation on Landfill Communities Fund; New rules to make it easier to set up new Town and Parish Councils; Extra Money from Community Transport Schemes; ACRE warn on Community Transport Funding and Volunteering.

  • Carers' Support Spring Roadshows to Take Place Across Ryedale, Scarborough and Whitby - 07/04/2015 - 10:18am

    Local charities that support carers in the area are working in partnership to deliver a roadshow of drop in sessions next month. Ryedale Carers Support, Scarborough Support for Carers and Caring Together Whitby will be running their first ever spring roadshow from 13th to 24th April.