Community Grants


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Otley Community Fund

Otley Town Council has introduced a new application process for community, youth and voluntary organisations working in the town. The new consolidated Community Fund provides a single grant pot totalling £23,000 for the current financial year and replaces the previous grants system.

This Fund will be limited, so even if your project is planned for later in the financial year, you are encouraged to apply as early as possible. In the event of the all the monies being allocated it will be announced that the Fund has closed for the year and should money still be available at the end of the financial year a final call for applications will be made.

All community, youth and voluntary groups are eligible to apply for Community Fund support if they are delivering projects, activities and events that benefit all or some of the residents within the parish of Otley.

Applications can only be received from groups and organisations with a constitution, a group with at least three officers and holds a bank account.

Applications will not be considered from individuals, groups and organisations with a religious or political aim, profit making businesses or private organisations, pressure groups including those formed by residents and national/international charities.

The Community Fund has no limit on how much grant your group can apply for and larger amounts will be allocated for worthwhile projects, however, grant allocations will typically range between £250 and £750.

Any group/organisation can only make one application in any financial year (April to March) and grant support will not be made retrospectively.

Support will not be provided to fund groups/organisations running costs and salaries, but typically is available to support: venue and equipment hire; publicity such as printing costs; assistance towards costs for staging an event or festival; and enabling groups to run a community initiative such as equipment/materials, publicity materials, training costs.

How to Apply for a Grant

Please complete the Community Fund Application Form and email it to or print, complete and return to Jason Knowles, Community Development Officer, Otley Core Resource Centre, Unit 11 Orchard Gate, Otley LS21 3NX. Please remember to attach the necessary supporting documentation.