ORGANISATIONS in South Craven are being invited to bid for grant aid from the Community Renewal Fund.

The cash could support businesses and communities and help people into employment.

North Yorkshire County Council has been chosen by the Government as a lead authority to distribute funds.

“This new funding stream will enable organisations to pilot initiatives which will benefit their communities,” said County Councillor Andrew Lee, executive member for business growth and economic development.

“We are looking for innovative responses to local challenges, recognising the needs of residents, which can be delivered by the end of March next year.

“As the lead authority we are inviting project proposals from a range of applicants including district councils, businesses, voluntary and community sector organisations and local education providers.

“The past year has been incredibly challenging for communities, businesses and their employees so this is a great opportunity for North Yorkshire to bounce back. I would encourage all interested organisations to make a submission.”

For more information and details of how to apply, visit The deadline for applications is May 13.