Community grants

Grants and other types of funding are available to voluntary and community organisations, from public bodies, charitable foundations and grant-making institutions.  This type of funding is generally project-based and linked to a public benefit.  It is separate from other sources of income that help with the day-to-day running of an organisation.

Selby District Council Members Community Funding Scheme

Each District Councillor has a budget of £3,000 per year to respond to local needs by recommending the allocation of small amounts of funding towards specific projects or activities that directly promote the social, economic, or environmental wellbeing of the communities within their Ward.  
The minimum funding which can be recommended for a project or activity is £300 and the maximum £3,000. 

If you think your idea or project could benefit from this funding, then please get in touch with your District Councillor.

Town Centre Revitalisation Programme Grant Funding

Grants are available for organisations in Sherburn, for projects that support revitalisation aims for our market towns. Grants are available between £10,000-50,000 (Class A) and grants over £50,000-250,000 (Class B). 

The Heart of Yorkshire Fund – A Fund for Selby District 

Selby District Council has supported the development of a Selby District Fund to be managed by the Two Ridings Community Foundation and to provide community funding in the area, forever.

Grants up to £10,000 can be applied for.

More information is available on the Two Ridings Community Foundations

Two Ridings Community Foundation 

As well as supporting the Heart of Yorkshire Fund, Two Ridings Community Foundation (TRCF) hold a number of other funds to support local community organisations in the York, North Yorkshire, Hull and East Riding areas. 

The Foundation invests in local charities, community groups and not-for-profits through:
o    Straightforward funding for vital community projects led by local people
o    Skills, leadership and partnership support to ensure resilience and growth
o    A voice for the region’s charitable sector raising awareness and investment

More information is available on the Two Ridings Community Foundation website

North Yorkshire County Council Councillor Locality Budget Scheme

Each County Councillor has a budget of £5,000 per year to allow them to respond to local needs by recommending the allocation of small amounts of funding to support specific activities.

These activities promote the social, economic, or environmental well-being of the communities they represent. Funding can be used for projects or undertaken by external organisations or for additional services provided by the county council.

It is not a grants programme and each County Councillor is responsible for determining how they wish to promote and use the budget.

Find your local North Yorkshire County Councillor.  Alternatively, use the online maps to browse for Councillors in your area.

North Yorkshire County Council Stronger Communities

This is a North Yorkshire County Council programme to support communities to play a greater role in the delivery of services in the county.
We want to see vibrant and active communities throughout North Yorkshire adding to the richness of local life and improving the wellbeing of people of all ages.

If you have an idea for a project or event in your community whether you’re a new group of interested residents or an existing community organisation, and it meets at least one of the key outcomes and priorities, then Stronger Communities would love to help. Grants up to a maximum of £1,000 are available to support eligible projects to help meet essential or start-up costs. Stronger Communities also have a range of supporting information for communities.

For more information on a range of North Yorkshire County Council led grants, click here or contact Tom Jenkinson, Delivery Manager for Selby District

Selby Big Local Community Chest

Selby is one of 150 areas in England chosen to deliver Big Local – a community led, 10-year Big Lottery funded programme which helps residents create lasting change in the Selby East and West Wards.

The Selby Big Local Community Chest is a small pot to provide seed funding for residents and local groups in Selby to try new ideas that will make a difference to residents and help them to bring those ideas to life.

If you have an idea that will meet one or more of the Selby Big Local priorities below; and need between £100 and £1000 to get it started, then Community Chest could be for you.
o    Developing ‘Our Space’ 
o    Empowering residents to take the lead 
o    Bringing People Together

The National Lottery Community Fund 

The National Lottery Community Fund distributes over £600m a year to communities across the UK, raised by players of the National Lottery. They fund great ideas that help communities thrive. Funding awards can be up to £10,000 (Awards For All) through to more significant sums for community led change (e.g. Reaching Communities). 

Tesco Bags of Help

Bags of Help is Tesco’s local community grant scheme, which funds thousands of community projects every year. Grants are open to charities and community organisations to apply for a grant of up to £1,500 to benefit the local community.  Bags of Help can fund 100% of your project costs so you do not have to have any match funding. However, if you secured additional funding, there is no limit to what this amount can be and any funding awarded by Bags of Help can form part of your wider project costs. Tesco Community Grants are managed by Groundwork. 

Protecting our Natural Environment

Did you know that by planting trees you can protect our environment?  There are grants and even free trees available to schools and community groups that can help us take that first step.  For more information visit the sustainability section of our website


And don’t forget, you can always encourage your own crowdfunding and there are several ways to do this. Quite a few local groups do this (for example, playgrounds/playschools). Some virtual crowdfunding platforms offer free services and others charge a small fee. If you don’t raise the full total, it can help support match funding and demonstrate community desire for your project. 

Need help with where to go next?

Community First Yorkshire

Whether you are a large or small group or organisation, Community First Yorkshire could be your first port of call if you need practical support – they can help with everything from governance and funding to strategic planning and community engagement. If they cannot help you they will be able to signpost you to someone who can. Find out more by contacting 01904 704177 or by visiting their website.

Selby District AVS 

Selby District AVS can provide advice and information about most aspects of running and funding a community group or voluntary organisation. They can provide help on numerous matters, including:
•    Starting up a business/club/charity
•    Drafting appropriate constitutions
•    Help with company and charity registration
•    Development of policies and procedures
•    Funding support, advice and information

North Yorkshire Sport 

North Yorkshire Sport recognises that Finance and Funding is a vital aspect for any club or organisation and the current economic climate has made the environment even more challenging. Their website signposts clubs/groups, facilities, talented individuals and coaches to funding sources and opportunities.

Groundwork Yorkshire

Groundwork is a federation of charities mobilising practical community action on poverty and the environment across the UK. They’re passionate about creating a future where every neighbourhood is vibrant and green, every community is strong and able to shape its own destiny, and no one is held back by their background or circumstances.

For help and advice, particularly on developing green initiatives, contact the Yorkshire office on 01757 292124 or visit their website