New grants for national park ‘good ideas’

A steam train makes its way past the flowering purple heather at Fen Bog Nature Reserve on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway.  PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday August 20, 2012.<Insert second sentence of caption here>. See PA story  . Photo credit should read: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire

A steam train makes its way past the flowering purple heather at Fen Bog Nature Reserve on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday August 20, 2012.<Insert second sentence of caption here>. See PA story . Photo credit should read: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire

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New grants for good ideas have been launched by the North York Moors National Park Authority.

The grants for environmental innovation and tourism aim to help the local economy prosper in difficult times.

Chief executive Andy Wilson said: “We have a long history of offering grants to individuals and communities for conservation work and environmental improvements.

“But our recent grants through LEADER-funded initiatives have shown us what wonderfully imaginative ideas can come from our business community.

“We hope that with a little bit of financial support from us we can encourage new ideas and make a difference to the North York Moors.”

Residents of the national park are encouraged to think up new ideas for The Environmental Innovation Fund, The Local Distinctiveness and Tourism Grant and the Community Grant.

The Environmental Innovation Fund is offering grants for substantial projects with total costs over £10,000. The two other grants support smaller projects.

For more information and application forms for all three funds, visit www.northyorkmoors.org.uk/grants

Applications must be received by July 31.