Voluntary and community groups provide many of our cultural, sport and leisure opportunities. Most organisations are charities, some employ specialists, but many are informal volunteer based groups. North Yorkshire's strong voluntary sector plays a crucial role in our quality of life and in strengthening the fabric of our local communities.
The North Yorkshire and York voluntary and community sector directory provides a searchable database of voluntary and community groups.
Voluntary and community organisations in North Yorkshire can access a range of free advice and support from Community First Yorkshire, some of which is funded by North Yorkshire County Council in conjunction with the North Yorkshire clinical commissioning groups.
Good partnership working is vital, and the North Yorkshire liaison group meets to facilitate better partnership working between the public and voluntary and community sectors.
The North Yorkshire compact is a written agreement between the voluntary and community sector and the public sector, detailing how they will work together for the benefit of communities.
Grants and other types of funding are available to voluntary and community organisations, from local councils, the National Lottery and charitable trusts. This type of funding is generally project based and separate from sources of income that help with the day-to-day running of an organisation.
Grant-giving organisations usually provide details for applicants, such as setting out the grant criteria; the application process; the information they need from you; and how and when they make their decisions. Some will offer pre-application discussions or interviews. If they do, take them up as the advice can save you a lot of time and unnecessary expense.
Voluntary and community organisations in North Yorkshire can access free advice and guidance on funding issues, including a funding newsletter, from Community First Yorkshire.
Some specific sources of funding voluntary and community organisations in North Yorkshire are:
If you're looking for a volunteering opportunity or you need to find a volunteer, contact Volunteering North Yorkshire.
Volunteering opportunities with the council include: