New fund to help lift inequalities from York’s most deprived communities

A new, city-wide pot of £100,000 aims to deliver projects which support those communities in York which are most in need of better health, greater fulfilment and prosperity.

Applications are being invited from organisations across the city’s wards, and can be for a maximum £10,000 share of the funding.
Reflecting the vision of the Council Plan’s ‘One City, for all’, the priority areas for which this ward funding can be used include better health, wellbeing and equalities, supporting people through the cost-of-living crisis and tackling the climate emergency.

Projects can be funded which:
• Support residents in York to lead their best lives
• Support healthier lifestyles and social inclusion
• Bring people together to strengthen connections and relationships within communities.
• Deliver and connect people with the support that they need.
• Support people and communities facing the greatest challenge due to the cost-of-living crisis.
• Encourage financial and emotional resilience.
• Enhance the environment and encourage sustainable practice.

Cllr Katie Lomas, Executive Member for Finance, Performance, Major Projects, Human Rights, Equality and Inclusion, said: “It is unacceptable that around 5% of York’s population live in areas ranked amongst the bottom fifth in England and Wales for deprivation. With this fund, which can work across a number of wards, we’re taking action on our pledge to eradicate the inequalities which shamefully continue to exist in our city.”

Cllr Michael Pavlovic, Executive Member for Housing, Planning and Safer Communities, said: “By sharing the city’s resources, successes and strengths, everyone can access the same opportunities and so strengthen our neighbourhoods, communities and the city to enjoy better, happier, healthier lives in a fairer, more affordable city.”

Relevant organisations already been contacted about this new funding opportunity.

More information on the funding and how to apply before the end of January is at or please email to request an application form.