Donate to THE LOCAL FUND for the Harrogate district

THE LOCAL FUND for the Harrogate District is a local, long term fund to support local people and communities through charitable activity in the Harrogate district.

It provides a sustainable source of funding for charitable and grassroots community organisations enabling them to apply for funding for activities and services that support people, keeping them connected to their community and with each other.

Projects supported by THE LOCAL FUND address issues like:

  • inequality and hidden poverty
  • loneliness and social isolation
  • health and wellbeing

To make an online donation, click on the “Donate” button on the right.

To make a larger donation or to set up a fund as an individual, or on behalf of  a business, contact Celia McKeon at Two Ridings Community Foundation.

Why a fund for the Harrogate District?

Back in 2017, many local groups told us that securing funding from larger, national funders was very difficult as such funders tend to focus on areas of greater deprivation. In November 2017 we published a report for the Harrogate District highlighting the hidden and unseen local needs making the case for the need for THE LOCAL FUND. That need has not abated, in fact the Covid pandemic and cost of living crisis have pushed more and more people into poverty, loneliness and ill health. That is why this unique place-based fund remains crucial to support local people and communities to survive and thrive.

Groups supported by the The Local Fund


Want to know more? 

​THE LOCAL FUND was launched in January 2018 and has subsequently made 6 rounds of fund distribution. The impact of the fund in 2023 is recorded below (from two rounds of funding in February 2023 and September 2023), alongside a dashboard with further statistics for the the financial year 2022-23  (from the two rounds made in June 2022 and February 2023).

Download THE LOCAL FUND Impact Report 2023

Download the 2022/23 LOCAL FUND social impact dashboard


How can I get involved?

Become a friend

​Become a Friend of THE LOCAL FUND and join a group of like-minded people and organisations who wish to encourage charitable giving and champion the fund. Email us to get involved, make a difference locally and subscribe to THE LOCAL FUND newsletter

Become a Friend

Follow us on X (Twitter)​

For regular updates on THE LOCAL FUND for the Harrogate District, please follow us on X (Twitter).


Play The Local Lotto

Play The Local Lotto , online every week to get fabulous prizes and a chance to win the £25,000 jackpot every week. 50% from each ticket sold goes to directly support a local good cause in Harrogate with 10%  going directly to THE LOCAL FUND.



Grants distributed

In total we have run six panels for THE LOCAL FUND for the Harrogate District.


In 2023 we awarded £55,340 supporting 23 groups.

2023 Round 1 Successful Applicants Sept 2023

Read the 2023 News Release


2022 – 23

In 2022-23 we awarded £78,176 supporting 30 groups.

2022-23 Round 2 Successful Applicants February 2023

2022-23 Round 1 Successful Applicants June 2022

Read the 2022 Round 1 News Release



In 2021  we awarded grants of £84,681. supporting 29 groups.

2021 Round 2 Successful Applicants

2021 Round 1 Successful Applicants

Read the 2021 total awarded News Release

Read the 2021 Round 1 News Release



In 2020 THE LOCAL FUND did not run because of the coronavirus pandemic.



In 2019 we awarded £70,229.74 supporting 23 groups.

2019 Round 1 Successful Applicants



In 2018 we awarded £41,897.28 supporting 22 groups.

2018 Successful Applicants


​THE LOCAL FUND for the Harrogate District was formed as a result of a three-way partnership between what was Harrogate Borough Council (now a part of North Yorkshire Council) Harrogate & District Community Action and Two Ridings Community Foundation.