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Friends of THE LOCAL FUND for the Harrogate District

Friends of THE LOCAL FUND for the Harrogate District

THE LOCAL FUND for the Harrogate District is an innovative approach to creating a local, long term, sustainable fund to support charitable activity in the Harrogate district
THE LOCAL FUND for the Harrogate District 

THE LOCAL FUND was launched in January 2018 to address local need by supporting the work of community groups and charities whose work is dedicated to improving the lives of local people. THE LOCAL FUND will help transform the lives of vulnerable people in need across the Harrogate District, including Ripon, Knaresborough, Masham, Pateley Bridge, Boroughbridge and all of the surrounding areas.

The Vital Signs Report published in November 2017 highlighted the hidden and unseen needs in the district and helps makes the case for support and need for THE LOCAL FUND.

THE LOCAL FUND is a three-way partnership between Harrogate Borough Council, HARCVS and Two Ridings Community Foundation

Download the leaflet for THE LOCAL FUND here  and listen to Geoff Dunning's great Truth Legal podcast explaining how it works here

Enter the Dragons' Den! 

Two Ridings Community Foundation is inviting local groups based in the Harrogate District to take part in a Dragons' Den style event to secure a donation for their organisation and to showcase the vital work of smaller charities and community groups in the district. Find out more.

The First Anniversary of THE LOCAL FUND 

£41,897 was awarded to 22 local charities and community groups in the first round of funding in July 2018, benefitting 7,208 local people. Read more about how the funding made a difference on our Social Impact Dashboard

On Tuesday 5 February 2019, THE LOCAL FUND partnership team was delighted to be joined by over 50 guests to celebrate the 1st anniversary of THE LOCAL FUND, kindly hosted by the Majestic Hotel in Harrogate.  There was a wealth of information provided about the development of THE LOCAL FUND over the past year and so we are delighted to share all the speeches and slideshows which were used. These merit a re-read if you were able to attend and if not will give you a real flavour of past achievements and future ambitions. 

A short film featuring some grant recipients was shown at the event to highlight the impact of THE LOCAL FUND.

Please do not hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions or would like to know more.


 ‘Friends of the LOCAL FUND’ - a group of like-minded people and organisations who wish to encourage charitable giving and gain support for THE LOCAL FUND in the Harrogate District. 
How can I get involved? 

Join ‘Friends of the LOCAL FUND’  to encourage charitable giving and gain support for THE LOCAL FUND in the Harrogate District. 

​A ‘Friend’ acts as an ambassador at events and meetings to encourage support for the Fund.

Your support could include any of the following:  

 · Identify potential donors and applicants to the Fund 

· Promote different ways to give

· Make a donation, though this is not a pre-requisite

· Set up your own named fund

· Consider leaving a gift in your will to the Fund

Who can become a Friend? 

Anyone who cares passionately about the Harrogate District and would like to make a positive difference by improving the quality of life for disadvantaged people and communities across the area is encouraged to join.

There is no cost to joining though we do ask for a modest time commitment from you to help ensure the success of THE LOCAL FUND.


Benefits of Being a Friend

·         Making a tangible contribution to the local area both now and in the future.

·         Attending events and meeting people you have helped, as well as connecting with other Friends

·         Receiving regular up-dates about THE LOCAL FUND

·         Feel good factor for you/your employees by supporting the communities in which you/they work

·         Positive PR from being associated with this high profile fund

·         If you are a business, exclusive use of our 'Friend of THE LOCAL FUND' for the Harrogate District ‘logo 


Join Friends of THE LOCAL FUND  

Receive regular updates about THE LOCAL FUND and invites to Friends’ events 

Please Sign Up to Join the Friends here

Please also follow us on Twitter @TLFHarrogateDis


To make an online donation to THE LOCAL FUND please click here 

If you are interested in making a larger donation or to set up a fund in your own name or that of your business, please  contact Two Ridings Community Foundation.

Please also sign up as a player of THE LOCAL LOTTO for the Harrogate District. Tickets for the weekly online draw cost just £1.

50p of the entry fee goes to a local good cause of your choosing, plus a further 10p to THE LOCAL FUND.