PRESS RELEASE 19/02/2015: Grants to aid rural communities through the winter

GRANTS are available for communities in Craven district and rural Bradford to see through the winter months and alleviate problems that come with living in a rural area.

Five new communities are being urged to come forward and apply for these small grants of £250 in order to create new winter weather schemes that can help to reach the most vulnerable when adverse conditions strike. It may be mild at the moment but cold snaps are still possible until the end of April.

As part of the Craven Winter Weather project run by Rural Action Yorkshire (RAY) and funded by North Yorkshire County Council’s Innovation Fund, the grants can be utilised for a wide variety of purposes that contribute to new schemes.

For many people living in rural areas, their main roads are not deemed priority routes by local councils and so they must cope in isolation when snow falls in their area. The grants might pay for a salt spreader or for gritting supplies such as shovels and high visibility jackets, to improve conditions for residents.

Martha Holmes, project co-ordinator, explained: “Not only could grants go towards gritting roads or footpaths, but communities might also wish to use them to set up 4x4 rotas that help everyone get to the shop in icy or snowy weather, including older or more vulnerable people with no access to transport. This might mean buying a village mobile phone so volunteers can be on call.

“They could also be used in the organisation and promotion of a central meeting point that might be a village hall, where everyone can come together to be warm and have access to hot food and drink.”

New winter weather schemes are aimed at looking after the most vulnerable and ensuring the needs of a village are well looked after. There have been a range of ideas for schemes which RAY has been involved with. The small charity based near York has been delivering work around winter weather and community resilience for several years and has the experience and expertise to support communities to implement their project ideas. They also have access to a range of resources and toolkits to draw from, as well as these small grants to assist with funding.

Anyone wishing to apply for a grant can get in contact with RAY via the website call 0845 313 0270 to discuss their ideas.


Editor’s Notes

Photo attached to email is of a community defibrillator at Sheriff Hutton – which past grants have contributed towards.

Media contact: Candice Dowson, Marketing & PR Officer, Rural Action Yorkshire tel. 0845 313 0270.


Rural Action Yorkshire

Based at Askham Bryan, near York, RAY is one of 38 Rural Community Councils in England.  It is an independent, charitable, and voluntary organisation working across rural areas of North, South and West Yorkshire, to help communities improve the quality of life for all people living and working in rural Yorkshire.

RAY enables and empowers communities to develop the confidence to help themselves, and to ensure their needs are heard by policy makers and service providers – on a local, regional and national scale. Key work includes:

*Offering support, training, events and resources on everything affecting life in a rural area

*Help with funding, running community buildings, and staying up to date with the latest legislation

*Assisting with the implementation of Community Led Plans, which identify the strengths and weaknesses of an area and plan the future of community development work.

RAY and the other 37 rural community councils across England form the national ACRE Network (Action with Communities in Rural England). Find Rural Action Yorkshire online at Twitter @RuralYorkshire