Proposals shortlisted for Great Place Scheme Funds

TWO proposals within York, North Yorkshire and the East Riding have been shortlisted for Great Place Scheme funding of up to £1.5m over three years after close working with the LEP.

This national initiative seeks pilot schemes that help arts, culture and heritage contribute more to meeting social and economic objectives in their area.

Two local partnerships have been invited to make a detailed application following expressions of interest:

  • A Craven and South Lakeland District Councils and the Yorkshire Dales and Lake District National Parks proposal to seek to revitalise the rural economy by using culture to attract and retain younger talented people who will help drive the economy forward, using arts and heritage to  create a quality of life experience which competes with successful urban areas.
  • A proposal covering Ryedale, Hambleton, Richmondshire and Harrogate, led by Rural Action Yorkshire, NYCC and the district councils, with support from the City of York, Make It York and English Heritage. The aim is to work with eight rural communities using creative teams to tackle socio-economic challenges such as isolated older people with health and care needs and digital exclusion limiting access to key services.