FUNDING totalling £80,000 is being made available for organisations on the North Yorkshire coast focussed on tackling climate change.

The Sirius Minerals Foundation is inviting community groups to apply for grants of between £500 and £5,000.

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The Foundation is funded by mining company Anglo American, the owners of the Woodsmith Mine being constructed near Whitby and in Teesside.

This grant round will contribute to the Foundation’s objective to advance environmental protection, including improving the local landscape,

Foundation chief executive, Leah Swain, said: “We want to help local people in our area to undertake action on climate change in their own communities and beyond.

“Grants could be used for a wide range of projects, for example, to reduce the carbon footprint of a building, organisation or community; for a communal electric car-charging point; to raise awareness about climate change; or to train the next generation of electric vehicle mechanics.

“Doubtless, people will have plenty of other ideas. We can all play a part in looking after the world we love.”

"We can all play a part in looking after the world we love.”

Ian Swales, Chair of the Foundation added: “This climate change grant round is the first of its kind for the Foundation and we are hoping to learn about the local appetite for climate change action across our region and across different types of organisations and community groups.”

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This grant round will close at noon on Monday, December 6 2021.

Groups will be notified of the outcome by the end of February 2022 and funds must be spent by end of March 2023.

If you are unsure if your idea for a grant meets the criteria, you can get in touch to discuss your application before you apply by calling Leah Swain on 07724-832982 or emailing

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