Two Ridings Community foundation have been distributing a £100,000 fund to groups across the city, and they’ve been letting the public decide on where the money goes. The foundation uses an innovative “participatory panel” when deciding where grants go. The panel of six people, all residents of York from different backgrounds, met to review applications and allocate the funding.
Thomas Waring, Head of grants at Two Ridings, said the idea of participatory grant giving is to involve people from the community who have a better understanding of its needs. The priority went to groups helping the public during the cost of living crisis, providing warm spaces for people to come together and support each other. The foundation covers North and East Yorkshire, but celebrated York for its vibrant volunteer community and diverse groups.
Groups can now provide people struggling during the crisis with warm clothing, food, and other items. Two Ridings is still accepting donations to their cost-of-living crisis fund.