RYEDALE District Council (RDC) has awarded grant funding to 19 local community groups.

Cllr Steve Arnold, chairman of the grants working party that recommends the grants for approval, said:“We were once again so pleased to see such a range of projects from the community-based groups throughout Ryedale, from sensory equipment for children with special needs – supported by Ryedale Special Families – to electric vehicle charging points, which supports Ryedale District Council’s climate change agenda.”

The EV point will be in Hovingham Village Hall car park.

Phil Chapman, chairman of Hovingham Action Group, said: “We are very grateful for this valuable support from the RDC community fund.

“This will help us fulfil Hovingham’s objectives to reduce our carbon footprint while benefitting residents and visitors to Hovingham and Ryedale.”

The grants programme is now open for applications in 2019/20. Grants of up to £5,000 are available for community-based projects across Ryedale. In addition, public open space and recreation grants are also available in eligible areas.

The closing dates are September 6 and January 3, 2020. To apply, go to ryedale.gov.uk