Communities invited to bid for a share of £16.9m fund.

Businesses, community groups, cultural and voluntary sector organisations in North Yorkshire are being invited to apply for a share of a new multi-million pound fund.

The fund is to support improvements to residents’ lives by addressing challenges including the future of our high streets, building a green economy and addressing the cost of living.

The Government has approved the £16.9 million North Yorkshire UK Shared Prosperity Fund Investment Plan and has allocated a further £5.4 million through the Rural England Prosperity Fund to support economic and social development in North Yorkshire until March 2025.

The fund covers a wide range of activities and investments and is available to almost all formally constituted organisations and businesses for projects ranging from small community-based initiatives to larger capital projects.

The county council, York and North Yorkshire Local Enterprise Partnership and the county’s seven district and borough councils have worked closely on the project, which from April 1 will be administered by the new North Yorkshire Council, which will replace the eight current councils.

Council leader, Cllr Carl Les, said: “Communities across our county face diverse challenges, and each also presents its unique opportunities. This funding application invitation offers a chance for local organisations who understand and live with the challenges facing their towns and villages to come forward with solutions.

“We want to see this fund used to maximum effect to enable communities to build the foundations for their own economic development, to help businesses to thrive and to reduce the barriers people of any age might face in entering and progressing in work or education.”

Open webinars for all interested parties will be held at 12pm on Thursday 23 February 23, and at 3.30pm on Tuesday 28 February.

Details of how to join will be online at – all enquiries should be submitted to