Your trusted regional grant making charity

Nationally and locally Two Ridings Community Foundation is the trusted, expert charity on giving and investing in North and East Yorkshire for social good.

We make grants and provide support for community groups, small charities and not-for-profit organisations who in turn support people and communities all over the region.

As the accredited Community Foundation of the region, we have access to national and governmental funds we distribute locally. We also work closely alongside private and corporate donors, giving them a flexible and easy way to invest in the local people and communities.

We are a registered charity and we ensure donors’ funds make the biggest impact across our vibrant region.

In 2020/21 we distributed £3 million, awarding 670 grants which supported thousands of people throughout the coronavirus pandemic.

There are always new appeals you can contribute to which make a huge difference to local communities.

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What is a community foundation?

Two Ridings Community Foundation is one of 46 similar accredited organisations in the UK with the shared aim of helping individuals, families, entrepreneurs, companies, charitable trusts and public sector bodies connect with, support and invest in their local communities. We address a wide range of issues and provide funding to the hardest to reach communities through small local charities and community groups.

  • Hub for philanthropy & local giving
  • Trusted local grant maker for grassroots charities
  • Making a positive difference locally
  • Local partner for national funders
  • Quality assured advice and grants
  • Here in a crisis with easy to access grants
  • High impact community grant making
  • Effective alternative to Charitable Trusts
  • Trusted partner for Corporate Social Responsibility
Community Foundation

The Deciding Together Local Fund for York opens

The Deciding Together Local Fund for York puts people in York in control of £240,000 to design and decide on grants to help the city better respond to people facing multiple issues including homelessness, addiction & recovery, mental health & well being, poverty and offending.

The key decisions around this fund have been made by people who live, work and/or access services in York, including how to apply and how grants will be distributed. Grants will be enable people to explore and improve the systems of support in York

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Recently funded

Upfaders is a youth music programme in York run by Biomation.

Two Ridings distributed three grants to them during the coronavirus pandemic so that they could keep the project running and ensure the young people could still have the tuition hours, and support,  they needed.  Additional funding from the Bettys and Taylor Coronavirus Community Fund went on fundraising, giving them the regular time and space to write new bids for future funding.

Zoe is one of their star pupils.

“I had anxiety and couldn’t face going to school. I was scared of buses and couldn’t get here on my own.  Coming here has helped me massively, I am now totally at home and I can get here on my own!”

She is now confident enough to get a part time job that complements the college course she is about to start in Autumn 2021.

Founder Dan Axon is full of praise for Two Ridings Community Foundation.

“It is so good to meet the people who have funded you, it feels like Two Ridings are really invested in us and the young people we support. It feels very real.”

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Latest News

The Deciding Together Local Fund for York opens

July 13, 2021

Two Ridings are very pleased to be opening The Deciding Together Local Fund for this week. This is a ...

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PARTICIPATORY GRANT MAKING: Deciding Together, York – Session 3

July 5, 2021

Who, What, How and How much? The Deciding Together Local Fund York puts people in York in the contro ...

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SEEING IS BELIEVING: Seeing how Biomation’s ‘Upfaders’ youth music programme transforms young peoples’ lives

July 1, 2021

  ‘We do it a bit differently here’,  so starts our introduction to Biomation, by ...

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Supported by

York Professionals
The Goldsmith Company
Greencoat Uk Wind
Hungate York
Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust
North Yorkshire County Council
The National Lottery Community Fund
The National Emergencies Trust
James Hambro and Partners
Shepherd Group

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