GROUPS working to create better places in which to live and work in North Yorkshire communities are invited to apply for grants of up to £50,000.

People’s Health Trust has just launched Active Communities in the area – a funding programme for local people wanting to create fairer places to grow, live, work and grow old.

Not-for-profit organisations working in disadvantaged areas of York, Selby, Scarborough, Harrogate, Ripon, Thirsk and Skipton with ideas to improve their communities are invited to apply for the cash.

The funding – which will invest between £5,000 and £50,000 for projects lasting up to two years – comes from the Health Lottery.

John Hume, chief executive, People’s Health Trust, said: “We’re looking to support ideas designed and run by local people which help create even stronger links and ties within communities.

"Whether it’s a tenants and residents’ mediation group or a computer skills group for older people, we’re interested to hear about it.

“Applying couldn’t be easier – it’s about local people telling us what would make their local community an even better place to grow, live, work and age. It’s an online process with a step by step guide from start to finish.”

Groups to apply should have an income of less than £350,000 a year.

The projects should take place within a small area for a small group of people, such as 20 or 30 streets or a couple of villages.

For advice or help with an application, phone Jackie on 01759 377400 or email The closing date for applications is 1pm on March 12.

To find out more about Active Communities, visit