First funding programme

The Sirius Minerals Foundation announced its first grant awards of around £300,000 in December 2017.

The first funding programme, initially announced in May 2017, was generally prioritised for projects in the vicinity of Sirius Minerals’ project sites and for projects between £500 and and £5,000.

A very large number of applications were received – the initial round was ten times oversubscribed. As a result of this the trustees increased the initial funding round to approximately £300,000 and looked to support a range of projects across the five key charitable objectives of the Foundation and throughout Sirius Minerals area of operations (Scarborough to Redcar).

The trustees were extremely grateful for the time taken by so many groups to make submissions. A summary of the successful application is provided below:


Project Aim

New Friends of Lockwood PTA

Lockwood Primary School – purchase outside gym equipment

Redcar Amateur Boxing Club

East Cleveland outreach project - satellite boxing clubs

Castleton Cricket Club

Purchase of a ride-on mower to maintain the sports field.

Friends of Abbeyfield Esk Moors Lodge

‘Games & Gossip’ project: to engage residents in social activities.

Dormanstown Community Sports & Social Group

The upgrade of WC facilities.

Footprints in the Community

To provide training relating to cooking on a budget and money management.

Tees Valley Education

Introduction of cookery skills to parents and carers within the community.

Fryup Cricket Club

Completion of pavillion, roller repairs and new changing room door.

Hawk and Owl Trust

‘Fylingdales Moor Nature Trail Boardwalk’- phase 2: make safe the walkways to aid educational visits.


‘Healthy Families’: work with families in the community to improve everyday parenting skills, cooking, budgeting, family relationships.

Rainbow Community Café Volunteers Group

Rainbow Community Café - improve kitchen equipment to enable the café to continue providing healthy balanced meals to the local community.

Church of St Hilda of Whitby, Grangetown

Electric re-wire of St Hilda's Church Hall in accordance with HSE regulations.

PCC of Grossmont

Repair, restoration and redecoration of main entrance doors, external gates and railing at St Matthew's Church.

1st Guisborough LGO Scout Group

Purchase of laptop computers for members to complete IT training, and for all badge work progress to be logged on the Scout Association Compass computer system.

Friends of Guisborough Forest and Walkway

Improved access to minibeast area and pathway repairs.

Guisborough Rugby Union Football Club

Floodlighting improvement project.

Charity of John Corner (St. Hilda's Almshouses)

Phase 3 renovation programme: to provide a temporary safe shelter for parish residents who struggle to meet social housing criteria.

Hinderwell Village Hall (Charity No. 1063568)

‘Hinderwell Players’: portable truss and winch stands to support sound and lighting equipment.

Lealholm Toilet Trust

Refurbishment of Lealholm community toilets.

Littlebeck Village Hall

Replacement of fluorescent hall lighting with low energy L.E.D. Lighting.

Loftus Dolphins Swimming Club

Provision of starting blocks with adjustable footrests for use at training sessions and galas.

The Old Co-op Community Building

Undertake the roof and internal repairs required to re-open the community hobby suite. Once open the suite can support up to 50 people each week delivering basic skills and combatting isolation.

Ryedale Carers Support, Caring Together Whitby & Scarborough Support for Carers Partnership

‘Whitby Rural Community Breakfast’: HR support to carers in the Whitby area.

Westgarth Primary School

‘Families Learning Together’: create specialist workshops for children and families promoting healthy living, first aid and other parenting skills.

Moorsholm Cricket and Athletic Club

Pavilion refurbishment, including kitchen and WC facilities.

Moorsholm in Bloom

‘Maintain and Sustain’: lawn mower for the village.

Moorsholm St Mary's Church Parochial Church Council (PCC)

Restoration to all access areas of the church hall.

Moorsholm Memorial Hall - application 1 of 3

To replace worn and unsafe kitchen and lobby flooring.

Scarborough and District Scout Council

Birch Hall residential site re-development programme: improvement of WC and showering facilities.

The Skill Mill

Skill Mill (North Yorkshire): purchase of PPE and branded workwear, tools for the maintenance programme.

Ravenscar Cricket Club

Purchase of a bowling machine for use in the club’s cricket net.

EVA Women's Aid Ltd

Reception project - creation of a confidential space for service users.

First Light Trust

‘Soldier On’: programmes to support veterans on how to manage change from a military to a civilian career, from the Redcar hub.

The Friends of The Lily Park

Completion of shrubberies engaging local people and school children in the process.

Teesside Athletic FC ltd

Ground improvements, including perimeter fencing to make the ground more secure. Provision of a tuck shop/café to provide a greater spectator experience.

Redcar and Cleveland Citizens Advice - application 1 (shortlisted from 4 applications)

Queen Street, Redcar Premises: to create a public waiting / reception area for people waiting to be seen by advisors.

Parochial Church Council of the Ecclesiastical Parish of Kirkleatham, Diocese of York

Community Café: to create kitchen facilities in the community library.

Friends of Redcar Cemetery

‘Paving the Way’ campaign: pathway replacement leading to 'The Love' sculpture.

Coatham CE Primary School

Development of the Key Stage 1 playground

Volunteer Parent Led Come and Play Group

Replacement of outdoor equipment to encourage outdoor play and exploration vital for a child's development.

Fylingdales Women's Institute

‘Raising the Roof’: re-roof and insulation.

Fylingdales Cricket and Football club

‘A Brighter Future’: to improve facilities, re-organise the ground and upgrade the playing surface.

Fylingdales Preschool

Purchase of ICT resources aimed at EYFS.

Runswick Bay Rescue Boat Association

To carry out improvements to lifeboat house, including repair and repaint.

Tees Valley Wildlife Trust

Margrove environmental education area - internal refurbishment.

Lingdale Village Hall

To carry out the fire exit doors replacement project in compliance with current fire safety regulations.

St Mary's Appeal Committee (Lythe Parochial Church Council)

Improvement of village hall facilities, including chairs and tables for used for community events.

Willow's Lull

Lift installation to provide support to seven additional children on a rota basis.

Scarborough Sixth Form College

Purchase of a petrological microscope and other learning facilities to aid geology studies.

East Cleveland Youth Housing Trust

‘Constructing Communities’: team training and the provision of food packages, cleaning products and toiletries as part of new tenant welcome packs.

Skinningrove Link Up

Improvement of facilities for users and the community, making it a more welcoming space; the purchase of a secure door on the garage store.

Sleights Sports Field Trustees and Management Comm.

Sports field development, drainage and maintenance project.

Eskmouth Scout Group

Sleights Scout Hut - outdoor space improvement, outdoor gym equipment, artificial grass, paving, decking, plants, planters, flowers, rubber matting.

Eskdaleside cum Ugglebarnby Parochial Church Council

All Saints' Ugglebarnby church tower repairs.

Sleights Bowling Club - application 1

New enabled WC facilities.

Stanghow Residents Group

Updating gardening equipment to aid village maintenance work.

Stanghow Community Centre

Building modernisation - WC and kitchen facilities.

Friends of Old St Stephen's Church

Replacement of the east gate.

Whitby Endeavour Rotary Club

Young Engineers Design and Build Competition - The purchase of engineering materials for a design kit to be given to each school, printing costs, supply of prizes and trophies along with venue hire and catering for the children.

Coast and Vale Community Action

Church House Heating - Installation and re-location of an energy efficient system.

East Whitby Academy

School learning garden: re-development costs.

Whitby & District Community Transport

Website redesign.

Fishburn Park Football Club

Support to purchase new ground maintenance equipment.

Whitby in Bloom

‘Cliff Street Wonderland’ - landscaping of the community area adjacent to West Cliff Park.

Caedmon College Whitby - application 4 of 8 (17 July)

KS2 STEM event.

Caedmon College Whitby - application 1 of 8 (13 June)

Astro Community Pitch Improvement.

Whitby Naturalists' Club

Local terrestrial wild mammal study.

Eskdale School - application 1 of 2

To provide expedition equipment for a new Duke of Edinburgh group.

Airy Hill Community Primary School

To provide field guides and equipment for Airy Hill Field Studies Centre.

Whitby and District Rifle Club

WDRC community outreach project – purchase of equipment.

WHISH - Whitby Hidden Impairments Support & Help - application 1 of 2

Development of a range of specialist sensory equipment for young people and adults with hidden impairments in Whitby.

Esklets Preschool

Creation of a nursery sleep room/office.

Sleights Area Men’s Shed (SAMS)

Whitby Women’s Shed (WWS) - sheds provide the opportunity to try new skills, share skills with others, and to work independently or in small teams on tasks and projects of people’s own choosing.

Eskmouth Scout Group

Whitby scout hut - kitchen modernisation and improvements.

Eastside Community Centre

Purchase of new water and heating system.

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