Roger Stott Community Grants

Roger Stott Community Grants gives small grants to community projects that make a big difference to the lives of local people in the Yorkshire Dales and Nidderdale.

Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust set up the Roger Stott Community Grants programme in March 2016 to distribute small grants to community groups who are making a difference to the lives of local people.

We support passionate local people across the region to continue or kick-start initiatives that make a real difference in their local communities. By offering small grants, a simple and painless application process and lots of support and advice successful applicants will have funds quickly, enabling them to start making a difference in their local community straight away. 

Community initiatives 

Community Grants supported the Learning Curve project in Askrigg

Yorebridge Sports Development Association were awarded a Roget Stott Community Grant to support the Learning Curve project in Askrigg, providing adult learning classes. Photo thanks to Guy Carpenter.

The Roger Stott Community Grants programme has awarded 42 grants to date totalling just over £50,000. This funding has supported a wide variety of projects from improvements to village halls, play parks, community gardens and sports grounds, to supporting adult learning classes, a young archaeology group, befriending service, cycling festival…and many more.  

Learning Curve spokesperson Jan Hale said: “The grant helped to cover the costs of venue hire, tuition fees and a new projector. We are delighted that we are now providing opportunities for the local community in this rural area to be able to come together in a non-threatening and non-competitive setting and for them to enjoy learning and developing new skills and confidence. Feedback has been excellent, and based on the success we have had so far we are confident that the project will continue to grow and ultimately be self-financing. We would not have succeeded thus far without the Roger Stott grant which kick-started our project - thank you.”

Stuart Wetherell, from Sedbergh Cycling Festival, which also received a grant said: “The Festival will be the biggest family event of the year in Sedbergh, and we hope that it will be a great boost for the local community and economy. We hope to help improve health and well-being by getting more people active and riding their bikes. The Roger Stott grant from YDMT has been essential in ensuring that this year’s Festival will take place.”

Roger Stott

The programme is named after our founding Chairman who sadly passed away in 2015. Roger Stott was instrumental in establishing the firm foundations of the Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust in 1996 and dedicated much of his life to the area.

The programme is also supported by players of People's Postcode Lottery