£765,000 distributed in 3 months

A massive 161 groups supported!

It has been a very busy time at Two Ridings over the last three months and our fabulous Grants and Finance team have managed to distribute a whopping 161 grants to the tune of £765,000.51.

That’s three quarters of a million in just a quarter of a year.

A brand new fund – Nimbuscare Community Fund – is now supporting 20 local organisations in York and East Yorkshire with their £90k fund, focusing on improving the wellbeing of local people and connecting them with one another.

Refugee Action York, Kyra Women’s Project and York Travellers Trust are all using their funding for counselling and a therapy programme building up resilience and supporting the emotional needs of York people.

The funding awarded to Thrive Outside, Open Country and The Conservation Volunteers will go on outdoor projects to improve the health and wellbeing of local people.

Maddy Ruff, Chief Executive of Nimbuscare, said:

“As a relatively young but rapidly growing not-for-profit organisation, it’s very important to us that we give something back to the communities that we serve. We’re delighted to be working in partnership with the Two Ridings Community Foundation, who are helping to allocate the grant funding on our behalf.

We are absolutely thrilled by the number and quality of the applications that we received in response to our initial round of funding – they’re all incredibly deserving and making a tangible difference to the mental health and emotional wellbeing of  local people of all ages.

It’s wonderful to be able to support local organisations’ good work and we look forward to helping even more fantastic local groups and projects with our Community Fund in the future.

Prentice Hill CIC in Bradford were one of the groups that benefited from the £50k distributed through the Bettys and Taylors Group’s Community Fund. They are starting up a community cinema to engage and delight the young people they who attend their holiday clubs in BD5. They also received a big donation of tea and coffee from Bettys which they were chuffed to bits with!

“Over the past 5 years and throughout the pandemic we have built strong community links with children and families in BD5 so we are excited to be able expand develop our community group sessions with this funding. The community cinema offers fun and escapism for a few hours a week and is a great opportunity to bring people together”


Step Change Grants were also distributed all over the region to help organisations expand and become more sustainable, with thanks to the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust.

And through our Small Grants scheme we were delighted to hear Hull Red are able to continue their Gig Buddies scheme pairing up people with learning disabilities with a volunteer who likes similar music to meet up regularly for gigs and going out.

“People’s horizons are transformed because of the the Gig Buddy scheme. One young person is performing poetry at open mic nights, and another is feeling confident to meet new people without support, something that would have been unheard of before she had a Buddy’.”

Grants were also distributed from The Heart of Yorkshire Fund for Selby District, York Street Aid, Knabs Ridge, Sixpenny Wood and Rusholme Wind Farm Funds, the Let’s Create Jubilee Fund and Hull Activity Fund.

A massive thank you to all our generous investors and fundholders, and our amazing volunteers who sit on our panels and chat through applications with each group applying.

We couldn’t do it without you.