SDF has supported a wide range of projects that will contribute to the local economy, including local produce and makers. A case study and some other recent examples feature below.
Waste not, want not
Turning wood shavings into fuel that heats a workshop was the aim of a Dales-based cabinet and furniture making business, Kent Furniture Ltd. The company compresses waste wood shavings in a briquette-making machine. The main objective was to reduce energy costs and carbon emissions by recycling a waste product that will then be used in a wood-burning stove to provide heating.
The applicant is an established family business, based in Grassington that sells furniture to individuals in the UK and overseas. They employ local craftsmen to create traditional high quality furniture using timber from sustainable and managed environments. The £4,500 grant helped to pay for the briquette making equipment.
Other completed projects
- Promotional film showcasing local businesses in the Sedbergh area (£916)
- The Ales Way Trail project aims to promote local food and drink in Upper Wharfedale (£3,000)
- Display shelving and floor covering Craft Workshop Co-operative in Sedbergh (£3,000)
- Cooking kettle to increase production of local produce at Raydale Preserves (£2,924)
- Socio-economic report for the planned reinstatement of the Wensleydale Railway line (£4,999)
- Good to be home, website for online shopping facility for a local craft retailer in Grassington (£500)
- Reduction of waste and emissions Mark James Kitchens and Cabinetry based in Clapham (£6,288)
- Green Build Festival taking place in Cumbria between 18-24 September 2017 (£3,000)
- Stage 1 Cycle Engagement Project adventure activity licence & provider accreditation (£990)
- Feasibility study by Encounter Eden for year round visitor facility at Kirkby Stephen (£2,500)
- Raw milk cheese production, Home Farm, Aysgarth (£9,500)
- Restructure of Sedbergh & District Arts and Heritage Trust to a Charitable Community Benefit Society (£1,125)
- Live, laugh, love in the Yorkshire Dales, showcasing the area to attract visitors and new families (£5,000)
And in the pipeline...
- A three year programme of training/events aimed at sustaining farming in the Westmorland Dales (£9,915)