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Cash Still Available for Projects in National Park

Community groups and businesses in the Yorkshire Dales National Park are being urged to bid for funding to help them start local projects.

The Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority’s Sustainable Development Fund (SDF) still has more than £50,000 to give to support schemes that promote a more sustainable way of visiting, living in and working in the National Park, while conserving and enhancing our local culture, wildlife, landscape, land use and communities.

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There are two funding rounds still available this financial year. The closing dates for applications will be November 28 this year and January 30 next year, with decisions being made on January 23 and March 20.

Peter Stockton, the National Park Authority’s Head of Sustainable Development, said: “The SDF aims to achieve a more sustainable way of living and working in the National Park, at the same time enhancing and conserving our local culture, wildlife, landscape, land use and communities.

“It supports new business ideas, community schemes and environment projects and, so far this year, it has given approximately £100,000 to 13 projects, which is a fantastic achievement.

“There is still money left for new projects that will benefit people in the National Park and we hope to see more applications being submitted in the next few weeks.”

A recent grant has helped Gunnerside-based freelance marketer Hannah Wallington to set up a Dales Hub website that will be a marketing and booking platform for activity providers within the National Park. It aims to showcase activities in one central point and have a booking system for those events, enabling visitors to bundle together activities from different providers so simplifying the search for things to do and encouraging them to do more, stay longer and increase spend.

The SDF was also able to support a money-saving project at the Wensleydale Creamery in Hawes. The grant will be used to install a heat recovery system that will recycle waste heat from the air conditioning refrigeration plant in the Visitors Centre. This will provide 190 litres of hot water for use in hand wash facilities and in food preparation areas and should, in turn, reduce energy consumption by 60,225 KWhr, CO2 emissions by 15650kg and save the business £3,504 per year.

In 2012/13 the SDF was able to support 21 projects including:

  • a community renewable energy project in Clapham

  • an archaeological outreach project in Chapel le Dale

  • the way-marking of a long-distance walking route from the north to the south of the National Park

  • the restoration of grassland in two nature reserves

  • improved educational facilities at Malham Youth Hostel

  • improved recreational facilities for the community in Sedbergh

  • a community broadband scheme for Dent and Garsdale

  • enhanced visitor facilities in Swaledale

  • promotion of accessible walking routes in Wharfedale.

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