What would you do with £50,000?

Calling all community activists!

Have you got an innovative idea to tackle the crime issues that really affect your local community?

The “Community action against crime: Innovation fund” encourages creative new approaches to tackling crime. The fund is worth £5 million in England in 2011/12, with a further £5 million set aside for 2012/13. Applications are being welcomed from voluntary and community groups in North Yorkshire and the East Riding of Yorkshire in an effort to see the region take full advantage of the funding available.

The scheme is funded by the Home Office and will be delivered by the Community Development Foundation (CDF).

It is hoped that the scheme will encourage effective community partnerships to get everybody working together to develop and deliver innovative approaches to tackle the local crime issues that really matter to them.

Voluntary and community groups can apply for funding of between £1,000 and £50,000 for innovative projects that will deliver lasting benefits in tackling local crime issues, with a particular focus on antisocial behaviour, drug/alcohol related crime, violence, youth crime and reducing re-offending.

Examples of the type of innovative projects that could qualify for funding include a community art programme created in partnership to tackle graffiti, or a drama group set up to reduce youth crime by involving young people in the community in a creative way.

The Fund is open to applications from now until 1st December 2011 via CDF. Applications from grassroots community activists who are not traditional recipients of government grants are particularly encouraged.

YDMT has been asked to publicise the funding in the local area, and also to form a cross-regional panel which will assess all the applications received for the areas of North Yorkshire and East Riding.

His Honour Peter Charlesworth is Chairman of the newly formed Crime Innovation Fund panel and is also a YDMT Trustee. He commented “This is a wonderful opportunity for local people to tackle the crime issues that really affect their local community head on. I’m hopeful that we will receive many innovative community-led applications that will see us securing as much money as possible for the North Yorkshire and East Riding regions to challenge crime at a local level through community activism.”

To find out more about eligibility and the online application process please contact CDF on 02078 331772 (choosing option 3) or email crime.innovation@cdf.org.uk.
Alternatively visit http://www.cdf.org.uk/web/guest/crime-innovation-fund for more information.

Scouts honour for the Trust

The new Scout and Community centre in Ingleton that the Trust helped to fund

The new Scout and Community centre in Ingleton that the Trust helped to fund

On Saturday, David Sharrod (our Director) was at the grand opening of Mealbank Hall, which is a brand new Scout and Community Hall in Ingleton. The Trust support lots of projects run by rural communities throughout the Dales. It’s always very satifying to see the finished result – and no more so than Saturday. Here’s a few words from David about the event.    

“I was asked to pass on thanks to everyone at Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust for the help given to build and equip Mealbank Hall, the new Scout and community centre in Ingleton. There was a jolly opening ceremony last Saturday with what seemed  half  of the village there.

This has been a remarkable and genuine community effort; it took Carl Lis (one of YDMT’s Trustees) 15 minutes just to list and thank everyone from raffle-ticket sellers to local contractors who had given time and materials.

We grant-aided £55k to the project using funding from North Yorkshire Aggregate Grants Scheme (NYAGS) and Sustainable Development Fund (SDF). Carl left us until last in the list for a very special thanks.”  

David