Local groups in Calderdale, including voluntary, community and faith organisations, are invited to apply for grants of up to £3000, as part of the latest round of the Council’s Small Grants Scheme.
Applications are now being accepted from local groups for a one-off grant for activities, projects or events which support local towns, people and the environment.
Applications to the fund should support the borough’s Vision 2024 objectives, and grants will be awarded to projects that help achieve the Council’s priorities to create strong, thriving towns and places, reduce inequalities and tackle the climate emergency.
The deadline for applications is Sunday 4 February 2024 and the grants panel will meet in March, to allocate funding to the successful organisations.
The grant scheme is managed by the Community Foundation for Calderdale (CFFC) on the Council’s behalf. Application packs and other information can be found at https://cffc.co.uk/calderdale-councils-small-grants-scheme-2023-2024(external link) and on the Council’s website at: Community small grants scheme | Calderdale Council
Calderdale Council’s Cabinet Member for Towns, Tourism and Voluntary Sector, Cllr Sarah Courtney, said:
“Our local community and voluntary sector groups provide such important services for people across the borough, offering support, advice and activities to help enhance the quality of life for people of all ages and backgrounds.
“We’re proud to offer grant funding for these passionate and hard-working groups, with over £30,000 already paid out in this year’s round of funding, benefitting a diverse range of projects.
“Applications are now being welcomed to support further initiatives aligned with our priorities and supporting our Vision objectives.”
Steve Duncan DL, CEO of the Community Foundation for Calderdale, added:
“We are thrilled to once again manage the Small Grants Scheme on behalf of Calderdale Council. By aligning with the Vision 2024 objectives, these grants will support projects that not only enhance our towns and support our people but also contribute to reducing inequalities and addressing the urgent challenges of the climate emergency.
“We encourage all eligible groups to seize this opportunity to turn their innovative ideas into reality and help create a stronger, more resilient Calderdale.”
In the first round of funding in Autumn 2023, 14 organisations located across the borough received funding for a wide range of projects, covering areas such as education, sports, mental health, and cultural diversity. These included:
- Food for families, Greetland – Funding the purchase of equipment for cooking classes and providing basic starter packs for families with young children.
- Calderdale Industrial Museum – Supporting the restoration of an eighteenth-century knitting frame at the museum.
- Light Up Black and African Heritage Calderdale – Funding workshops and training sessions aimed at residents in Park ward.
- The Turning Point Counselling Service – Supporting a hardship fund to provide access to counselling services for individuals facing financial difficulties.
- Shelf Village Hall Community Association – Supporting improvements to the building to enable wider use to benefit the local community.
Supporting Calderdale’s kind and resilient communities is a key part of the Vision for the borough in 2024. The year 2024 marks Calderdale’s 50th birthday. Get involved on X with #VisionCdale2024 and find out more at www.calderdale.gov.uk/vision