209A scheme that has already ploughed £125,000 back into local communities is set to re- launch with another £125,000 cash pot.

Hambleton District Councillors have given the go ahead for their ‘Making a Difference’ awards to run for a second year.

It will offer £25,000 to each of the council’s five market town areas – Bedale, Easingwold, Northallerton, Stokesley and Thirsk. Local groups can apply to their ward councillors to be considered for a slice of the cash.

In its first year 30 awards were made to a range of schemes – including village hall improvements, promotional work, sports clubs, recreation associations, scout groups and church organisations.

“This scheme proved very popular and allowed us to help groups access funding for smaller projects – and make a genuine difference to local communities,” said Council Leader, Councillor Mark Robson.

“We can divert windfall savings into this pot and support the work of the voluntary sector at the same time.”

Applications for the scheme opens this month – they must be submitted by August 19 ready for final awards in October. To be eligible projects must be delivered between October 1, 2016 and July 30, 2017. For more information contact Peter Cole on 01609 767212 or peter.cole@hambleton.gov.uk