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Friends of THE LOCAL FUND for the Harrogate District

Friends of THE LOCAL FUND for the Harrogate District

THE LOCAL FUND for the Harrogate District is an innovative approach to creating a local, long term, sustainable fund to support charitable activity in the Harrogate district
THE LOCAL FUND for the Harrogate District 

THE LOCAL FUND was launched in January 2018 to address local need by supporting the work of community groups and charities whose work is dedicated to improving the lives of local people. THE LOCAL FUND will help transform the lives of people in need across the Harrogate District, including Ripon, Knaresborough, Masham, Pateley Bridge, Boroughbridge and all of the surrounding areas.

THE LOCAL FUND supported ten local groups to keep going during lockdown. At the beginning of March 2021 groups heard about the outcome of their applications. 
Ten local charities from across the Harrogate District were funded, with £37,850 distributed in total. All the groups were given funding for essential running costs, a particular need as many other sources of fundraising aren’t open to local charities right now due to the impact of the pandemic. 
Recognising that COVID19 restrictions are lifting, THE LOCAL FUND for the Harrogate District re-opened on 13 May for applications from local groups wanting to restart delivery of activities and services in summer 2021.  

In 2019, £70k was invested through THE LOCAL FUND in grassroots community organisations making a positive difference to the lives of local people across the district.  As well as grants awarded by the panel through the second round of funding, 6 local groups successfully pitched their case to our generous local Dragons! Read more about the awards here     

The Vital Signs Report published in November 2017 highlighted the hidden and unseen needs in the district and helps makes the case for support and need for THE LOCAL FUND.

THE LOCAL FUND is a three-way partnership between Harrogate Borough Council, HADCA and Two Ridings Community Foundation

Download the leaflet for THE LOCAL FUND here   


 ‘Friends of the LOCAL FUND’ - a group of like-minded people and organisations who wish to encourage charitable giving and gain support for THE LOCAL FUND in the Harrogate District. 
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. 

​A ‘Friend’ acts as an ambassador at events and meetings to encourage support for the Fund. Remember every penny donated stays local.  

Your support could include any of the following:  

 · Identify potential donors and applicants to the Fund 

· Promote different ways to give

· Make a donation, though this is not a pre-requisite

· Set up your own named fund

· Consider leaving a gift in your will to the Fund

Who can become a Friend? 

Anyone who cares passionately about the Harrogate District and would like to make a positive difference by improving the quality of life for disadvantaged people and communities across the area is encouraged to join.

There is no cost to joining though we do ask for a modest time commitment from you to help ensure the success of THE LOCAL FUND.


Benefits of Being a Friend

·         Making a tangible contribution to the local area both now and in the future.

·         Attending events and meeting people you have helped, as well as connecting with other Friends

·         Receiving regular up-dates about THE LOCAL FUND

·         Feel good factor for you/your employees by supporting the communities in which you/they work

·         Positive PR from being associated with this high profile fund

·         If you are a business, exclusive use of our 'Friend of THE LOCAL FUND' for the Harrogate District ‘logo 


Join Friends of THE LOCAL FUND  

Receive regular updates about THE LOCAL FUND and invites to Friends’ events 

Email to join the Friends 

Please also follow us on Twitter @TLFHarrogateDis


To make an online donation to THE LOCAL FUND please click here 

If you are interested in making a larger donation or to set up a fund in your own name or that of your business, please  contact Jan Garrill at Two Ridings Community Foundation.

Please also sign up as a player of THE LOCAL LOTTO for the Harrogate District. Tickets for the weekly online draw cost just £1.

50p of the entry fee goes to a local good cause of your choosing, plus a further 10p to THE LOCAL FUND. Or, if you choose THE LOCAL FUND as your local good cause, 60p comes to us to help improve the lives of local people.  

You can read about the impact THE LOCAL LOTTO is making here