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Localism Fund

A new funding programme for community projects

Please Note, all of the Localism Reserve funding has now been allocated and we are no longer taking applications to the fund this year.

Craven District Council has established a new funding programme, the 'Localism Fund' to enable local organisations, community groups and business groups/associations to apply for funding to deliver projects that will benefit communities in Craven. This could be projects that:

  • Develop new ideas, projects and initiatives that strengthen a community;
  • Create and develop new community assets;
  • Enhance existing community assets.

The Localism Reserve has been funded from the New Homes Bonus which is a payment from central government for every new home or empty property bought back into use. Initially just under £96,000 has been made available for the fund and future funding of the scheme will rely on additional awards of New Homes Bonus.

Funding Priorities

Two pilot themes for funding have been agreed by members and so applications to the fund are sought for projects based around: 

  • "Green and Attractive Neighbourhoods" i.e. funding for projects that improve the appearance and quality of local neighbourhoods and public open spaces, environmental projects, reducing crime or the fear of crime, protecting and promoting biodiversity and providing more activities for younger people.
  •  "Building a Stronger Economy" i.e. funding for activities and services that are designed to support new and existing businesses to thrive and grow

Funding will be directed towards local priorities informed by the Council Plan, community led plans and/or other community based assessments.

Successful Funding Applications for 2012-13

The five successful community projects benefiting through the Green and Attractive Neighbourhoods priority were:-

Pioneer Projects were awarded £6,000 towards the £24,200 Bentham Passing Places project which aims to use public artwork and events to attract people off the Way of the Roses cycling route into Bentham to use the facilities and also to encourage local people to be more physically active and feel a sense of pride in their town and countryside.

Burton Regeneration Group were awarded a £7,950 to contribute towards a £87,000 project to build a new Community Sports Pavilion for Burton in Lonsdale. The sports pavilion will enhance the appearance of the Recreation Ground, replacing the inadequate temporary portacabin facility, and promoting good health through a range of casual and organised sport and recreational activities.

Skipton in Bloom were awarded £2,500 towards providing seating in the Diamond Jubilee Community Garden at Petyt Grove on Newmarket Street the seating will increase use of the garden by local residents.

Grassington Playgrounds Association was awarded a £5,000 contribution towards their £24,594 project to install a new piece of multi-purpose equipment that will be the centre piece of the playground. The playground is a much used and well-loved part of the Grassington community and the new equipment will improve the range of play facilities on offer and encourage safe play.

Friends of Raikes Road Burial Ground were awarded a £1,141 contribution towards the total project costs of £10,000 to restore the burial ground to its former glories, make it accessible to local people and visitors to the town, provide a unique and educational glimpse into the history of Skipton and south Craven, and provide space for quiet recreation and reflection on even the busiest of days.

The four successful business projects benefiting through the Building a Stronger Economy priority were:-

We Are Bentham (a business network from Bentham) were awarded £20,000 for Building a Better Bentham which is a three-year project developed by local businesses to encourage people to use the town centre.  The project includes the creation of a marketing campaign, workshops to help businesses establish and run online and digital marketing, organisation of events to create a shopping experience.

RCP21 Community Interest Company was awarded £26,000 for the Craven Connects Project which is designed to support businesses located on Snaygill Industrial Estate and Airedale Business Centre in Skipton by helping them to work together to improve their performance, reduce costs and create new jobs. The project will be delivered over eighteen months.

Craven College was awarded £17,500 for the Full Circle Craven Project which aims to increase the success and survivability of rural businesses by developing networking opportunities and supporting skills development, the project also includes the formation of peer support circles, training sessions and access to small loan funding via WEETU (Women's Employment, Enterprise and Training Unit).

Vantage 360 was awarded £9,720 for the Online Retail Business Growth Programme which is designed to assist retail businesses to sell effectively online. The project comprises of one-to-one advice sessions, preparation of a personalised activity plan and group mentoring sessions.  The programme will run over three-years and will aim to help 20 businesses per year.