SPORTING and recreational groups in Newby and Scalby are being urged to apply for grants from a special fund set up by the local parish council.
Newby and Scalby Parish Council set up its Sports And Recreational Community Chest Awards as a result of an initiative by Cllr Derek Bastiman.
Cllr Bastiman said: “My fellow parish councillors agreed with me that it is very important for the local community to have thriving groups and organisations which provide an outlet for whatever social, recreational or sporting activities that members of the community wish to engage in.
“In encouraging such activities it will help to sustain, promote and encourage the well being of the members of such organisations and clubs within the parish – in other words to leave a legacy of healthier people.
“In this day and age of financial uncertainty and a greater reliance on technology, people, particularly young people, need to be encouraged to take an active interest in physical exercise and face to face social interaction.
“In providing financial support to local groups and organisations I feel it will assist and encourage them to continue their valiant efforts which will undoubtedly benefit many people. I am very pleased how it has already helped many organisations within Newby and Scalby.”
The fund has already proved successful and several of the beneficiaries recently attended an award ceremony where they were presented with their cheques.
Chairman Bill Miller said: “I am very pleased that the parish council has approved this initiative which is aimed at all age groups within the parish of Newby and Scalby.
“I would encourage any interested organisation or club to request an application form, complete it and return it as soon as possible as decisions on awards will be made on a regular weekly basis. The sooner you apply, the sooner a decision can be made.”
There is still some funding available and interested organisations and clubs are urged to get an application in by Thursday March 31.
The scheme is open to organisations and clubs with a membership of up to 25 can apply for an award of up to £250.
Where memberships exceed 25 then the award will be up to £500.
Application forms and guidance notes are available from the parish clerk by emailling email@example.com or by contacting (01723) 354018.