Bringing a Grade 1 listed building back into meaningful use, improving the facilities at a local cricket club and encouraging biodiversity in a nature reserve are just three projects which have benefited from community funding totalling £666,723.
Each year, Yorventure distributes funds generated through the landfill operations of waste management company Yorwaste.
Environmental and community projects close to Yorwaste’s sites are eligible for the funding and in 2017/18, awards were made to 29 projects.
Examples of just a few schemes to receive grants, which ranged from £4,185 to £49,860 were:
Red Tower, York – awarded £49,860
The Red Tower is a Grade 1 listed building & the only brick built tower on York City walls. The building was an empty shell, which the project has seen refurbished creating a multi-use meeting & events space for the local community & businesses, with kitchen facilities for community café, new toilet & staircase.
Rufforth Parish Council – awarded £4,550
The Council used the funding to enhance Sand Dyke Nature Reserve, improving the green space and encourage biodiversity by replacing trees and adding goat willow to help with water retention.
Skipton Church Institute Cricket Club – awarded £11,983
The cricket square was 100m from the pavilion and part of the outfield was used for rugby. The funding was used to move the square nearer to the pavilion and rugby can now be played with no overlap onto the outfield.
Lothersdale Parish Council – awarded £42,408
An existing play area was refurbished with old equipment being removed and replaced with new, modern equipment, including for children with disabilities.
WHISH Community Wellbeing Centre, Whitby – awarded £19,965
This flexible multi-use community space was enhanced by provision of interactive equipment and cardio sensory wall, together with computer and new furniture.
Geoff Derham, Group Operations Director of Yorwaste, said: “We are pleased that through our operations, we have been able to help so many local, community projects close to our waste sites across North Yorkshire and the City of York.
“2018 is Yorwaste’s 25th anniversary year and this latest funding takes the total provided over this period to more than £14 million, which is something we are very proud of.”
There have been some excellent examples this year of projects which have received grants to improve the environment and the local community in general.
Yorventure Chairman Neil Carrigan said: “For the last 25 years, Yorwaste has been making contributions to the Landfill Communities Fund, and this has enabled us to provide funding for over 700 community and environmental projects across North Yorkshire and the City of York.
“You only have to look at the diverse range of projects which received funding in 2017/2018 to see the great positive impact this has had on our local communities.”