Bids invited from Scarborough, Whitby and Filey groups for a share of £250,000 Sirius cash

Good causes across Scarborough, Whitby and Filey are being urged to bid for part of an Anglo American cash pot.

Wednesday, 2nd September 2020, 12:40 pm
Updated Wednesday, 2nd September 2020, 12:44 pm
Anglo American mine

The Sirius Minerals Foundation - the charitable arm of Anglo American’s mine being built near Whitby - has £250,000 to give out to voluntary, community and social enterprise groups.

The company hopes to help groups recover from the coronavirus crisis.

Awards of between £500 and £15,000 are available for the development of new digital services needed as a result of the pandemic or to help cover funding gaps caused by the economic impact of the disease.

“Covid-19 has affected everyone in one way or another but none more so than the charitable sector, who have seen their funding dry up while demand for their services has continued, if not increased,” said David Archer, chairman of the Sirius Minerals Foundation.

“We want to help them to help our communities, because they’re needed now more than ever.”

Charities can apply for one of two schemes - a ‘Digital Success Programme’ and a ‘Regroup and Rebuild Programme.’

“Frontline workers in the NHS have attracted much of the attention of the media during the pandemic, and rightly so for their heroic work, but many don’t realise how many community health and support services are provided by the voluntary sector,” said Mr Archer.

“And because of the economic downturn the pandemic has caused, many of them are now facing a struggle for survival.

“The whole point of the foundation is to make a positive difference to local people’s lives, so it seemed only right that we help organisations who make a tangible difference on a daily basis.”

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The Foundation is funded by Anglo American - the company building the multi-billion pound polyhalite mine in Whitby and associated infrastructure in Teesside.

It was established to share some of the economic benefits of the project, with Anglo American currently injecting £1 million per year.

Longer term, the foundation will be funded by a revenue royalty when polyhalite production begins.

Groups which have already benefited include Ryedale Community Support, Hope Whitby, Age UK, The Rainbow Centre, Ryedale Food Bank, and Redcar and Cleveland Voluntary Development Agency.

Those interested in applying should visit where the full funding criteria and guidelines are available to read.

The closing date for applications is noon on Tuesday September 15. Decisions on funding will be announced by October 19.