New funding scheme for North Yorks Moors

A small scale enhancement scheme for villages and communities in the North York Moors National Park has been established to provide funding for regeneration and environmental projects up to the value of £5,000.

The Scheme, a subsidiary to the North York Moors Coast & Hills LEADER Programme, has £150,000 to spend on rural development projects between now and December 2011.

Projects need to have community support and fall into one of two themes:

  • Village renewal and development – aimed at projects that enhance the local village environment, strengthen and generate community cohesion or encourage community activities and village events.
  • Conservation and upgrading of the rural heritage – aimed at increasing the understanding of the working landscape and helping to protect traditional skills by raising awareness through interpretation, appreciation and maintenance of local heritage and cultural features.

Successful projects will be implemented by the North York Moors National Park Authority with responsibility reverting back to the owner or parish once the work has been completed.

Clair Shields, the Small Scale Enhancement Scheme Coordinator, said:

“Parish plans often highlight a wish list of small scale improvement projects that don’t get off the ground due to a lack of time, skills, guidance or the financial resources to develop them further. The Scheme provides a fantastic opportunity to implement these ideas benefiting communities and the wider National Park.”

To find out more about the Scheme or to discuss an idea, contact Clair Shields or Rebecca Thompson on 01439 770657 or email

The North York Moors, Coast and Hills LEADER Programme is a partnership of local organisations, community groups and individuals who have secured £3.1 million in total from Defra and the European Union through Yorkshire Forward and One North East as part of the Rural Development Programme for England.

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