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Local Action Teams

What are Local Action Teams (LAT's)?

Craven Local Action Teams (LAT's) have been set up to help support your community projects and ideas. 

The LAT's are small teams of local experts from different organisations in Craven. Member organisations of the LAT's are able to meet with community groups on an as and when required basis to offer advice and support communities and individuals with their ideas and projects..

Aims of the Craven Local Action Teams
  • Enable communities to identify and meet their own needs;
  • Create, retain or develop new community assets;
  • Create or sustain initiatives or services that strengthen the communities that exist within Craven.
  • Enable communities to be able to take up on opportunities arising from central governments localism agenda.

Got a good idea for your community?

If you have a good idea that would benefit your community and would like the help from the organisations on your Local Action Team, please contact the Policy Development Officer . The Policy Development Officer will discuss your idea with you to discover which organisations are best placed to provide advice and support to move your idea forward. The Policy Development Officer will also notify your ward member of your project.

Which organisations are on my LAT?

There are five LAT's in Craven, these are in the following areas:

  • North Craven

The North Craven area includes the parishes of Thornton-in-Lonsdale, Burton-in-Lonsdale, Bentham, Ingleton, Clapham-cum-Newby, Austwick and Lawkland. This whole area is also in the Yorkshire Dales National Park area.

  • South Craven & Airedale

The South Craven and Airedale area includes the parishes of Bradley's Both. Cononley, Farnhill, Kildwick, Glusburn and Crosshills, Sutton in Craven, Cowling and Lothersdale.

  • Wharfedale

The Wharfedale area includes the parishes of Buckden, Litton, Kettlewell with Starbottom, Hawkswick, Arncliffe, Conistone with Kilnsey, Hetton cum Bordley, Threshfield, Grassington, Linton, Hebden, Flasby with Winterburn, Hartlington, Appletreewick, Burnsall, Thorpe, Cracoe, Rylstone, Stirton with Thorlby, Rylstone, Barden, Halton East, Bolton Abby, Hazelwood with Storiths, Draughton and Beamsley. This whole area is also in the Yorkshire Dales National Park area.

  • Skipton and West Craven

The Skipton and West Craven area includes the parishes of Embsay with Eastby, Skipton, Carleton, Broughton, Elslack, Broughton, Thornton in Craven and Martons Both. Part of Embsay is situated within the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority (YDNPA) area, therefore the YNDPA is only able to assist with projects in this area .

  • Mid Craven and Ribblesdale

The Mid Craven and Ribblesdale area includes the Parishes of Horton in Ribbledale, Halton Gill, Stainforth, Malham Moor, Giggleswick, Langcliffe, Malham Moor, Malham, Settle, Rathmell, Malham, Kirkby Malham, Scosthrop, Hanlith, Calton, Airton, Long Preston, Hellifield , Otterburn, Halton West, Nappa, Swindon, Coniston Cold, Bank Newton, Gargrave. This whole area is also in the Yorkshire Dales National Park area.

The pdf icon Craven Local Action Teams Map [1Mb]  LAT's map will help you to see how we define these areas.

How can I get involved?

Below you will find all the organisations on the LAT's and the ways in which they may be able to assist with your community project. If you have a project idea in mind and would like the assistance of the LAT please contact the Policy Development Officer 01756 706290 Alternatively you may wish to attend one of our Community Planning Workshops

Craven District Council
Craven District Council are able to support your community project or initiative in the following ways:
  • Arrange initial meetings to discuss your project idea with local organisations who may be able to offer advice and support with the various stages of your project.
  • Guidance on how to establish yourself as a constituted group.
  • Signpost you to useful tools and templates for example to help write a constitution or a business plan.
  • Signpost you to potential sources of grant funding to help with various stages of your project.
  • Can act as a critical friend to help support the various stages of your project.
  • Provide advice and assistance specifically about arts and sport related projects.
  • Community grants programme available to support projects which benefit the community.
  • Access to statistics and local data that can help to demonstrate the need for your project.
  • Advice on research and engagement methods to help get your community involved.
North Yorkshire County Council

North Yorkshire County Council hosts a grant search facility (GRANTnet) on its website allowing voluntary and community groups etc to identify funding sources available for projects in their area. The County Council is also able to provide a signposting service to relevant organisations that could help with training, legal help and business planning.

NYCC run a community development support programme called Stronger Communities programme and have a dedicated delivery manager for Craven. Stronger Communities was established to support communities in playing a greater role in the delivery of services in their areas and initial priorities for the programme are; libraries, services for children and young people, community transport and services for older people or vulnerable adults

Yorkshire Housing

As a large housing provider within Craven, Yorkshire Housing recognises its responsibilities in those communities and neighbourhoods where it has a presence. We see ourselves as playing a role with partners and the communities themselves in addressing quality of life issues and local priorities. We want to work with others to give local people the opportunity to influence and set the agenda for their neighbourhood and then support those people to achieve their objectives. Yorkshire Housing will offer practical support and advice and will actively participate in helping achieve community goals.

Citizens Advice Bureau

Craven CAB offers free, independent, impartial, confidential advice to residents in Craven.

We can help community groups over legal and employment issues and have access to a wide range of information.

We can check employment contracts and advise on debt issues which may effect groups.

We are keen to engage with community groups as they are often aware of vulnerable people in the community who may benefit from our advice.

Craven Community and Voluntary Services (CVS)

Craven Community and Voluntary Services provide support, development and representation to Community and Voluntary Organisations across Craven. We ensure the voice and work of the voluntary and community sector is heard and respected at district, regional and national level. We provide training, advice, information and support to voluntary and community organisations and individuals. We deliver services to meet identified unmet needs within the community and the voluntary sector. We identify and secure resources to enable Cravens Community and Voluntary Sector, its partners and its users to deliver services which meet unmet needs in a sustainable way. We seek to ensure equality of opportunity and access to services.

You an read more about the services Craven CVS offer in  Craven CVS information leaflet [102kb] more about the support offered to community groups on financial matters in the  CANNY leaflet [39kb] and further advice about funding in the  FAN leaflet [86kb]

Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority

Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority is able to provide several grants to support communities within the National Park area, these include;

1. Sustainable Development Fund - £160,000 available to support local projects that bring environmental, social and economic opportunities to the area.

2. Small-scale Hydro Power Feasibility Fund - Grants of up to £5,000 are available to businesses or local community groups to carry out detailed feasibility studies for hydro-power schemes.

3. Conservation Areas - Small grants are available for projects to enhance designated Conservation Areas.

4. Woodland - Grants are available to farmers, landowners and others for creating new native woodlands or improving the management of existing native woodlands.

5. Parish Wildlife Project - Funding support is available for local groups who want to carry out nature conservation work.

Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority can also provide advice and assistance for projects to improve rights of way, projects which research and/or promote local cultural heritage, projects to restore local listed buildings or scheduled monuments and initiatives to promote sustainable tourism and local products.

Bradford District Care Trust

Bradford District Care Trust are able to provide advice and support to communities around event management and stakeholder engagement.

Craven College

Craven College can deliver learning at a range of levels and have numerous community partnerships already, which might be utilised to support project ideas. The College have a Funding development team who are experienced in writing bids for a number of funding streams, along with project management to meet funding/contract criteria.

Craven Volunteer Centre

Craven Volunteer Centre, based in Skipton, can give free advice to groups on any issues concerning volunteers. This could be around recruitment, retention, support and supervision and dealing with problems. We can also give guidance on vetting procedures, insurance, volunteer expenses and other policies that may be needed. We can recruit volunteers on behalf of groups, by using the national volunteering database, , which currently holds details of over 200 groups in Craven. Once a year the Volunteer Centre also runs a series of 5 Volunteer Management training modules (fees apply) for a more formal learning experience.

North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service

North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service offers a wide variety of activity which contributes to the safety of the community. This is done through its educational events, such as Learn and Live, the LIFE project, school visits and targeted smoke detector fitting with the completion of a home risk assessment. We also carry out business engagement events and Fire Safety audits for businesses within the district.


Ringway are North Yorkshire County Council's Term Maintenance contractor responsible for the general maintenance of the Counties carriageway and footways, drainage improvements and larger Highway related schemes. Their corporate responsibility scheme is able to help and support community projects financially, by supplying materials and through employee volunteer time. Details can be found on their website

Rural Action Yorkshire


To discuss your idea for a community project and for more information about the support available from the LAT in your area please contact the Policy Development Officer, 01756 706290,

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