John Godfrey, marketing manager of First York flanked by Carolyn Frank and Andrew Raby, York & North Yorkshire Growth Hub Manager 2

York £20,000 Go-Greener Fund deadline extended to Sunday 5 June

First York has announced that the deadline to apply for a share of £20,000 from the York Go-Greener Fund has been extended to Sunday 5 June at 6:00pm. The deadline was originally today (Tuesday 31 May).

The decision has been made to allow more time for small firms and owner-managers to take up the opportunity given the hectic lead-up to the Jubilee celebrations for many consumer businesses.

Businesses in sectors including gifts, arts and crafts, live entertainment, hospitality and drinks, food supplies, hair salons and beauty services are among those to have already applied.

The fund has been launched by First York with support from the FSB (Federation of Small Businesses) in York & North Yorkshire and the York & North Yorkshire Growth Hub.

Applications must be made on dedicated page of the First York website with the successful firms being awarded money in June.

The York £20k Go-Greener Fund aims to help support ideas and projects that create value in a business or inspires customers to change their behaviour to become more sustainable in the choices of what to buy and services to use. It can be used to invest in equipment, raw materials or technology, expand sustainable services or a product range and introduce innovation in waste management.

First York Managing Director, Ian Humphreys said: “All owners need to do is complete a simple entry form with four questions on the website to be in with a chance of securing thousands of pounds to give their plans a boost.”

The York Go-Greener Fund will make awards of £2,000 to 10 successful applicants. Videos showcasing these businesses will then go to a people’s vote with the winner getting the chance to be featured in a film about the region’s sustainable achievements and businesses which is being made by the York & North Yorkshire Growth Hub and includes some of the world’s leading voices on climate change.

The FSB’s Development Manager Carolyn Frank and Sue Jefferson, Chair of the Business Board at York & North Yorkshire Local Enterprise Partnership will help in assessing and deciding successful entries in a panel together with Ian Humphreys.

Notes to editors

Media enquiries to Richard Harrison, First York on 07973 668116 or email


The York £20k Go-Greener Fund follows on from the creation last year of the Restart Fund to help small business recovery from the pandemic lockdown, which attracted more than 100 entries.

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