LOCAL groups are encouraged to apply to the next round of Ryedale District Council’s Community Grant fund.

The Community Grant is open to any Ryedale-based organisation or group, for projects that make a positive impact on the community-owned or managed facilities and activities in the area, such as village halls, play areas and sports facilities, as well as activities that support the local community.

“In the last round of grants, we were able to support 12 projects,” said Cllr Steve Arnold, chairman of the grants working party which recommends the grants.

“The diversity of applications mirrored Ryedale’s wide range of community groups, from equipment for music groups, pre-schools, and sports clubs to support for volunteers in community libraries and for carers.”

Barton-le-Willows Village Hall has recently completed its refurbishment project.

“We received a community grant towards a brand new extension and kitchen facilities for the hall said Jo Danischewsky, village hall committee member.

“We worked with local companies and they helped to keep costs down but achieve a really good quality outcome.

“We would like to thank them and all other funders and fundraisers who have made this possible.”

The closing date for applications is January 5. For details, go to ryedale.gov.uk