Community Grant Funding

Burley Parish Council operates a Community Grant Funding programme which all local groups and organisations can apply for. Your group must have a formal constitution and its own bank account to apply. The maximum award that can be applied for is £500. 

If you would like to apply please complete the Application Form and return it to Applications are considered at the next monthly Council meeting.  

Below is a list of groups and organisations that have benefited from the grant funding programme: 

Awards 2023/2024

Burley Men's Shed

An award was given to Burley Men's Shed to purchase a projector and a laptop to enable them to arrange talks and other events for members.  


Burley in Wharfedale Community Trust   

The Parish Council awarded the Community Trust with a grant to assist with the expense of the road closure which is associated with the Christmas Market and Christmas Lights Switch On Event.


Unique is a a self esteem and confidence course for young people in our community. This award was given to the Youth Worker at Space (based at Burley Methodist church) to enable more children to benefit from attending this course.  

 Menston Area Nature Reserve

East Wood (known locally as Weston Woods) is a small (nearly 20 acres) piece of mixed deciduous woodland. MANT have successfully purchased the woods for the community. This was achieved with the help of a number of local community and environmental groups. 

MANT ran a crowdfunding campaign, which was hugely supported locally. However, in order to put in a successful bid they have taken a substantial loan from a philanthropist. Obviously, the sooner they can repay the loan, the better, as she would like to support other groups in a similar way. Burley Parish Council made a £500 contribution towards this cause which added to the contributions from Otley Town Council and Menston Parish Council.  The purchase of the woods will ensure that the woods will be open to the entire community to enjoy spending time in nature and for educational purposes. In addition, the improved biodiversity which will result from management to restore natural processes, and the increased carbon sequestration will benefit both people and fight against climate change.

Awards 2022/2023

Group for Action on Leeds Bradford Airport (GALBA) 

The Parish Council awarded  GALBA a grant of £500 towards the costs of them challenging Leeds Bradford Airport's application to increase the number of night time flights. 

Awards 2021/2022

Burley in Wharfedale Community Trust 

The Parish Council awarded the Community Trust with a grant to assist with the expense of the road closure which is associated with the Christmas Market and Christmas Lights Switch On Event.

Burley in Wharfedale Gardeners' Association 

An award of £500 was given to the Burley Gardeners' Association to help cover the costs of plants, compost and fertilisers for the Village Green flower beds which the Gardeners' Association kindly plant and maintain for us. 

Ilkley Rugby Club

The Rugby Club were in need of new equipment for their junior section such as rugby balls, tag rugby equipment for younger children and bibs. The Parish Council was delighted to contribute £250 towards the cost of this equipment . The Rugby Club also approached Ilkley Town Council for a contribution as the overall cost of the equipment was £500. 

Burley Bridge Association

Burley Bridge Association has recently developed the Yorkshire Heritage Way, a 40 mile footpath between Bradford and Ripon Cathedrals. A grant was applied for to fund the publication of the Yorkshire Heritage Way booklet, to contribute towards the costs of the launch event at Bradford cathedral and to waymark the route.   

Awards 2020/2021

Wharfedale German Circle 

Wharfedale German Circle approached the Parish Council for £100 to train its members to use the new website that they have just had developed. The Parish Council was pleased to approve the award.  

Unique Project

Unique is a a self esteem and confidence course for young people in our community. This course has been running in Burley Woodhead school for 3 years and has also been delivered very successfully in an intense block after SATS in Burley Oaks. 

Course facilitators work with boys and girls from years 5 and 6, and meet with them weekly to encourage them to talk about issues of Identity, Self esteem and confidence, dreams and ambitions, image, friendship, family etc.  Rather than offering any teaching, the leaders facilitate group discussion using a range of resources that are fun and engaging. Children gain ability to discuss who they are, and accept differences in each other. They also learn how to listen well, encourage others and be non judgemental. Staff, parents and pupils have praised the course at Burley Woodhead school. The plan is to remain in this school offering this course on a rolling basis as it has been so successful.

The course is written in two different ways to be age appropriate for delivery to both primary and secondary aged children. The long-term aim is to deliver the course much more widely within our community to respond to the ever growing issues in mental health that we can see our young people struggling with. The course could be run within our community youth group, or at the GP’s surgery or offer more sessions within schools. Unique have had interest from Ilkley Grammar School but have not been able to provide a course there due to lack of facilitators. The Parish Council was delighted to be able to contribute £500 towards training costs in order to expand the number of course facilitators which will enable the course to be expanded to more schools/locations.  

Awards 2019/2020

Love Burley

The Parish Council were pleased to be able to give a grant of £500 towards funding for the lunch clubs that are provided throughout the year to combat loneliness. These benefit local people across the village, including the elderly, those living alone, the lonely and others in need of social contact.


Burley Bowling Club

Burley in Wharfedale Bowls Club was successful last year with a grant from Sport England to rebuilt their old clubhouse.

This is now in progress and Burley Parish Council gave them a grant of £500 towards the new pavillion in Grange Park. 

Burley Community Trust

December sees the Christmas lights switch on in the village. Organised by the Community Trust, there’s a whole host of activities on offer.

This year the Parish Council contributed £500 to towards the funding of the Christmas Market.


Awards 2018/2019

Burley Cricket Club 

The Parish Council is increasingly working in partnership to deliver improvements across the village, and a request was received to help purchase netting for Burley Cricket Club. The Cricket Club is seeking to replace the protective tunnel netting, and the proposal is to divide the costs between the Cricket Club, Burley Community Trust, and the Parish Council.

The Parish Council will contribute £500 towards the costs and have agreed to purchase the netting for the Cricket Club.


Burley Walkers are Welcome

Since 2014 the group has published three local walking leaflets, contributed to the development of the Welcome Way waymarked footpath linking Burley with Baildon, Bingley and Otley along with its associated route guide, and undertaken a number of footpath improvement projects in and around the village.  As well as contributing walks to the Summer Festival, the group leads a five mile walk on the 3rd Sunday in the month, and a three mile walk on the first Friday of the month. 

The Parish Council were pleased to award a grant for £500 to assist with improvements to the local public footpath network.

Scouts and Guides

The Parish Council were delighted to award a £500 contribution towards the new village Scout and Guide HQ, a building for the future of the growing number of young people in the village.

Burley Community Trust

December sees the Christmas lights switch on in the village. Organised by the Community Trust, there’s a whole host of activities on offer including a Festive Craft Fair in the Queen's Hall from 1pm, Christmas market and rides from 2pm, as well as Christmas displays and refreshments in the Methodist Church, Burley Schools (with St Mary's) and Dear Santa Choir, Burley Ukelele Jammers and to top it all, the grand Christmas lights switch on by a special guest celebrity.

This year the Parish Council contributed £500 to support the Community Trust light switch on.