THE LOCAL FUND for Harrogate District

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

It’s all about funding local community and voluntary groups who in turn support hundreds of  people. Whether that is activities for older people, affordable groceries for people living in poverty, rural entertainment for children in villages or support for asylum seekers arriving in our area, THE LOCAL FUND supports everyone.

THE LOCAL FUND was launched in January 2018 with the first grants awarded in July 2018. The impact the grants made were recorded:

2018 LOCAL FUND Performance Dashboard on grants and impact

​At our 2019 event to celebrate the first year of the fund, the film below was shown to highlight the impact of the fund.

You can support THE LOCAL FUND for the Harrogate District

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

To make a larger donation or to set up a fund in your own name or that of your business contact Jan Garrill at Two Ridings Community Foundation.

Why a fund for the Harrogate District?

Many local groups tell us that securing funding from larger, national funders is very difficult as such funders tend to focus on areas of greater deprivation. In November 2017 we published our Vital Signs report for the Harrogate District. This highlighted the hidden and unseen needs in the district and helps makes the case for support and need for THE LOCAL FUND.

Vital Signs Report for the Harrogate District

We are reviewing the data in readiness for producing the next Vital Signs report. Here’s a 2019 interim report

Local Insight Report Harrogate March 2019

How can I get involved?

​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 LOCAL FUND. Email us to get involved, make a difference locally and subscribe to THE LOCAL FUND newsletter

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​In Summer 2018 THE LOCAL LOTTO, was launched. Sign up to participate in a £1 weekly online draw with cash prizes, with 50p of the entry fee being donated to a local good cause of your choosing, plus a further 10p for THE LOCAL FUND.

Grants distributed

Grants awarded 2019

Grants awarded round 1 of 2021

Grants awarded round 2 of 2021

​THE LOCAL FUND for the Harrogate District has been formed as a result of a three-way partnership between Harrogate Borough Council, Harrogate & District Community Action and Two Ridings Community Foundation.

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