‘Improving Finances, Improving Lives’ fund invites bids

City of York Council is asking for applications from local organisations and community groups for grants from its ‘Improving Finances, Improving Lives’ fund for 2018/19. The closing date for applications is 4 May 2018.

Up to £170,000 has been set aside as part of the council’s financial inclusion programme to help residents learn to manage their finances effectively in the face of often complicated and confusing choices.

The programme is provided in conjunction with Citizen’s Advice York and the York and South Yorkshire Credit Union.

Last year the council awarded grants of over £180,000 to nine projects to help improve financial inclusion for residents in the city, including providing specialised debt advice, instituting a programme to improve the employability of people over aged 50 and a scheme to locate advice givers at GP surgeries to provide information on welfare issues and other support services to patients.   

Councillor Paul Doughty, Conservative spokesperson for Adult Social Care and Health, who also speaks on financial inclusion said: “Supporting vulnerable residents and helping them to understand some of the choices open to them reflects one of the council’s key priorities, which is to ensure that we have a prosperous city for all.

“Past grants to support projects has really helped to make a positive difference to the lives of many people across the city and I look forward to this year’s proposals.”

For further information on applying for grants please contact the council at financial.inclusion@york.gov.uk.