Heart of Yorkshire Fund for the Selby District

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The Heart of Yorkshire Fund, the fund for the former Selby District, was established by a £2million donation from Selby District Council, invested as an endowment fund with Two Ridings Community Foundation. The annual interest from this endowment will be awarded in grants to support local people to deliver activities in their community, year on year, forever.

Since the fund was established, Selby District Council has become part of North Yorkshire Council.

This fund provides the local community with a lasting legacy: supporting local charitable activity in the former Selby District in a way that meets the identified needs in the area.

What are the priorities for the fund?

The Heart of Yorkshire Fund supports charitable activity for the wellbeing of people in the Selby areas (please see the map below).  Applicants should clearly demonstrate how they are working to address the following priorities which have been identified by Two Ridings from local data and community insights.

We will prioritise projects that address the following:

Health and wellbeing

  • support older and vulnerable people to live dignified, productive and healthy lifestyles
  • support children and young people to access and enjoy healthy lifestyles (this could be physical activity, access to the outdoors, improving their mental wellbeing)
  • improve mental health and wellbeing.

Education and Training

  • develop employability skills.
  • provide volunteering opportunities.


  • increased biodiversity
  • support environmental improvements

Community Sector Resilience

  • community spaces providing significant community value requiring funding to stay open.

We are also particularly interested in applications where people with lived experience (experts by experience) of the issues being addressed are involved with the design of the project and/or the running of the organisation / delivering the project.

Size of grants

You can apply for between £2,000 and £10,000.

Who can apply?

All groups should meet our general eligibility criteria which can be found here: https://www.tworidingscf.org.uk/how-to-apply

 Groups must:

  • Be based in and/or working in the Selby area shown below
  • Be ‘not for profit’. Please note, we have additional requirements when considering a request from a CIC or Community Benefit Society (CBS)
    CIC additional requirements
    – CBS additional requirements
  • Have a governing document (also known as a constitution, rules, memorandum, or articles of association) outlining charitable objectives and with a charitable dissolution clause.
  • Have a bank account in your group/ organisation’s name with at least two signatories, who are not related to one another.
  • Have at least three unrelated trustees, directors or management committee members.
  • Have an annual income of under £500,000 based on current forecast annual income.


How to apply?

Please read the guidance notes carefully before applying: The Heart of Yorkshire Fund for the Selby District Guidance Notes . This will give you information about the fund and priorities to help you decide if your project meets the criteria. Then fill in the online application form. Lastly, we only consider your application complete when we have received all your supporting documents.

After reading the Guidance if you are still unsure, please contact the Grants Team. We will be happy to help.

When to apply?

The fund is open for applications between 22 April 2024 and 12pm, 17 June 2024.

We will next be holding a decision making panel in late July and all applicants will receive an outcome in early August.


Apply here

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