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An outstanding performance in managing a rural development programme has secured a further £280,000 for some North Yorkshire communities.
Government department Defra is providing additional funds to 30 of the nation's 64 Leader schemes including the North York Moors, Coast and Hills programme which has received the second highest award.
Following the announcement, applications are now being invited to fund new community-led projects of up to £30,000. In particular, projects are being sought that aim to raise awareness of what the area offers visitors, reduce a community's carbon footprint, retain or improve local services or provide facilities or activities for young people.
In the past three years, the North York Moors, Coast and Hills programme has committed £2.3 million of Rural Development Programme for England funding to more than 50 projects in the North York Moors, Howardian Hills, Cleveland Hills and Vale of Pickering. Match-funding brings the total invested in these rural areas to nearer £5 million.
Funded projects include a cinder track improvement team working to improve access along the old Scarborough to Whitby railway line and a ground source heat pump at Gilling East village hall.
Peter Spencer, chair of the North York Moors, Coast and Hills Leader executive group, said: "I am delighted that, thanks to the hard work of all involved, we are able to support more community-led projects that will make a real difference to the quality of life and economic prosperity of those living in the wider North York Moors area.”
There will be two rounds to allocate the additional funding. The first closes on 27 June and the second on 26 September, this year.