CRAVEN organisations with innovative ideas to invest in their areas are being urged to bid for the Community Renewal Fund.

Applications for funding which will support businesses, communities and which will support people into employment are being invited by North Yorkshire County Council.

Councillor Andrew Lee, executive member for business growth and economic development, said: “This new funding stream will enable organisations to pilot initiatives which will benefit their communities.

“We are looking for innovative responses to local challenges, recognising the needs of residents in hard to reach parts of the county which can be delivered by the end of March 2022.”

“As the lead authority we are inviting project proposals from a range of applicants including district and county councils, businesses, voluntary and community sector organisations and local education providers. “

He added: “The past year has been incredibly challenging for communities, businesses and their employees so this is a great opportunity for North Yorkshire to bounce back. I would encourage all interested organisations to make a submission.”

The programme areas are: town centres; community investment; smart places; tourism, heritage and culture; business and employment; skills; green futures.

The deadline for applications is May 13. The council will then produce a shortlist of projects for submission to the Government.

The fund is being delivered as a pilot in preparation for the Shared Prosperity Fund which will replace funding that was allocated to the UK through its membership of the European Union.

For more information and to find out how to apply please visit