The council will consider applications for funding from voluntary organisations if the following criteria are met:

  1. the organisation through its activities benefits Pickering people;
  2. provision of a written statement of the purpose and requirement for funding;
  3. financial information: latest audited accounts (for established organisations); appropriate financial information for new ventures; the total cost of the project for which money is being sought (and, if so, how much is being sought from the council); any fund raising activities on the part of the applicant and/or other other organisations which are being approached for funding.

The applicant may be asked to return the whole or a proportion of the grant to the council if the purpose of the grant fails or if not all the moneys awarded are needed.

The grant of an award is entirely at the discretion of the council whose decision is final.

The council considers applications at its meetings on the third Monday of each month. Applications should be submitted to the town clerk by the preceding Tuesday immediately preceding the  third Monday of the month. In practice, applicants are asked to contact the town clerk before the deadline to ensure that any issues are clarified before the request is formally submitted.

For clarification of any of the points listed above or for an application form, please contact the town clerk at the council’s office in the Memorial Hall (Potter Hill, Pickering, YO18 8AA) or ring 01751 476503 or email

Legislation under which grants are awarded:

Local Government Act 1972

  • s142     power to help voluntary organisations provide individuals with advice/information on their rights and obligations;
  • s144     power to encourage visitors;
  • s145     power to assist re provision of entertainment.

Localism Act 2011

  • s1(1)    general power of competence.

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