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Alongside our two purposes to conserve and enhance the natural beauty, wildlife and cultural heritage; and to promote opportunities for the understanding and enjoyment of the special qualities of National Parks by the public, we also have a duty to foster the economic and social well-being of the local communities. We work with local businesses through various initiatives to support the economy sustainably.

Destination Partnerships Moors and Dales

We have secured a £166,000 grant from the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development for 'Destination Partnerships Moors and Dales', a partnership project working with the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority, and Nidderdale and Howardian Hills Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Running for just under two years (until August 2019), the project will support at least 300 businesses and aims to boost rural tourism.

North York Moors Tourism Network

We are supporting tourism businesses in and around the National Park through the North York Moors Tourism Network, managed on a voluntary basis by Susan Briggs, Director of The Tourism Network Ltd. It's very informal, with no charge to join, and it's designed to benefit tourism businesses who wish to capitalise on their location in/near the North York Moors.

Coastal Community Team

The North York Moors National Park Authority secured £10,000 from the Department for Communities and Local Government to form a Coastal Community Team to help revive our seaside villages and decide where investment should be channelled. Working with local businesses, communities, parishes and local authorities, our Economic Plan has identified priority projects to best develop the local tourism sector.

North York Moors, Coast and Hills LEADER Programme 2015 - 2020

Following the successful completion of the 2007 – 2014 North York Moors, Coast and Hills LEADER Programme, we have successfully secured £2.33 million for a new Programme in the area from 2015 – 2020. The new Programme will focus on supporting local growth opportunities and creating jobs under six priority areas of activity including farm productivity, rural tourism and micro and small enterprise.

The North York Moors, Coast and Hills LEADER area covers the North York Moors, National Park, the Howardian Hills AONB, the Vale of Pickering, the Hambleton Hills, East Cleveland and the Heritage Coast from Saltburn in the north to Filey in the south.

Our website is home to all our most important Programme information, documentation and news so we hope you find it useful, but please contact us at if you can’t find what you are looking for or would like any further information.

Coastal Communities Funded Project: Moor to Sea

On behalf of the North York Moors Rural Coastal Community Team, we secured a £275,000 grant from the Coastal Communities Fund (CCF) for the 'Moor to Sea: new activities and niches on the North York Moors Coast’ project. Running for just under two years (May 2017 to March 2019), the project will support at least 140 businesses and create 105 indirect jobs along the coastline between Saltburn and Cloughton.