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£70,000 invested in grassroots community organisations in 2019  

£70,000 invested in grassroots community organisations in 2019  

£70,000 invested in grassroots community organisations in 2019  

Following a successful launch of the second funding round in July 2019, the LOCAL FUND Panel (made up of donors, Friends of the LOCAL FUND and representatives of Harrogate Borough Council) met in October and awarded over £35,000 to 16 groups from across the Harrogate District.

Grants awarded ranged from £365 to support smaller groups such as Dacre & Hartwith Village Hall and Harrogate Hospital Radio and larger awards of up to £3,000 made to Whixley Village Hall and the Harrogate AFC Sporting Memories project.

In addition, over £34,000 was awarded through the LOCAL FUND for the Harrogate District and the High Sheriff of North Yorkshire partnership ‘Dragons Den’ event held at Rudding Park in early October, with local charities and community groups pitching their projects to a panel of ‘dragons.’

This successful and exciting event was generously hosted by Simon Mackaness and Rudding Park Hotel, with Linda Fenwick, the High Sheriff of North Yorkshire presenting the awards.

The Dragons were high profile business people and philanthropists including Frances Dodd, Charlie Forbes Adam, Nigel Tapley, Richard Menage, Mark Granger of Carter Jonas and Peter Grant.

The criteria to be a "pitcher" (selected via expressions of interest) was that organisations should have less than £100k turnover and be supporting good mental health.

Awards made were: £8,000 to Emerging Voices, £8,000 to Supporting Older People (£1,000 of that from an Audience Award), ARCH Resolution £5,500 (£500 from an Audience Award), Opening Minds £5,000, Artizan International £4,000 and Harlow Friendship Group £4,000.

All the donations are to support the groups’ running and activity costs.

All proceeds from the tickets sold for the Dragons’ Den evening went to the charities via the Audience Award and a donation was made to Disability Action Yorkshire for their great work ‘up-cycling’ the Dragons’ chairs.


I am thrilled that this year’s Dragon’s Den raised a significant amount of money for six very deserving, small, mental health and well-being charities in the Harrogate district. It was an excellent showcase to demonstrate the wonderful work that small local charities do, and their positive impact on local communities.


THE LOCAL FUND 2019 grant recipients:

Physical disability

  • Open Country – Tandem club
  • Green Hammerton  - hearing loop
  • Wellspring Therapy –counselling
  • Speak with IT – speech therapy

Mental wellbeing

  • Peer support new beginnings – domestic abuse support
  • Mind in Harrogate District – support for vulnerable women
  • Opening Minds
  • Arch Resolution
  • Emerging Voices
  • Artizan International
  • Harlow Friendship Group
  • Supporting Older people


  • Harrogate Town AFC – sporting reminiscence
  • Dancing for Wellbeing – Boroughbridge group


  • Harrogate Hospital Radio - software
  • Nidderdale Plus – hotdesking space
  • Dacre & Hartwith Village Hall – village hall improvements
  • Rural Arts NY – creative sessions for young people
  • Whixley Village Hall – kitchen essentials
  • Ripon Community Link – improvements to building
  • Pannal Sports Junior  Football Club – accessibility improvements
  • Ripon Community House - dishwasher  


How can I get involved? 

Join ‘Friends of the LOCAL FUND’  to encourage charitable giving and gain support for THE LOCAL FUND in the Harrogate District. 

Although we distributed £70k we couldn’t fund everyone who applied and we need to keep growing local giving so that we can help ensure everyone on our patch can lead active and fulfilling lives. We’re ambitious on behalf of our community and want to be able to help every single voluntary and community group that has a good idea or just needs some help to carry on doing what it does really well for its beneficiaries.

You can also help by inviting others to become Friends and if you haven't already done so please sign up for THE LOCAL LOTTO as a quick and easy way to give regularly.