Local community and voluntary sector groups in Calderdale are invited to apply for two grant schemes, providing significant funding to help them support some of the most vulnerable people in the borough.
Calderdale Council recognises the big difference that voluntary and community groups make to people’s lives across the borough, providing a range of benefits, complementing and supplementing services offered by the public sector.
The Council has a strong record of working in partnership with the voluntary and community sector (VCS) and provides a variety of support for the sector through grants and other services, to enable local organisations to thrive.
To build on this, the Council has launched a new round of grants schemes providing eligible local groups with the opportunity to apply for funding. The two grant schemes are aligned to the Council’s priorities and cover the following themes:
- Supporting Stronger Neighbourhoods – Grants of between £10,000 and £25,000 will support projects which enhance opportunities for activities in local communities, helping to create strong and thriving places. Applications should focus on volunteering, social action/active citizenship and partnership working.
- Advice and Tackling Poverty – Grants of up to £20,000 will support projects providing advice and information services which meet the needs of the most vulnerable people, recognising some people face multiple barriers to accessing support. The delivery of these objectives is a key part of the Anti-Poverty Action Plan and the criteria has been developed in consultation with the Anti-Poverty Steering Group.
The grant scheme is managed by the Community Foundation for Calderdale (CFFC). Application packs and other information can be found at https://cffc.co.uk/supporting-stronger-neighbourhoods/(external link) and https://cffc.co.uk/advice-and-tackling-poverty-grants/(external link) The deadline for applications is Wednesday 15 November 2023. Projects for these grants will run from 1 April 2024 to 31 March 2027
Calderdale Council’s Cabinet Member for Towns, Tourism and Voluntary Sector, Cllr Sarah Courtney, said:
“Our community and voluntary sector groups provide invaluable support for some of the most vulnerable people in Calderdale. We’re proud of the strong partnership between the Council and the VCS and want to help local groups to continuously improve and flourish, now and in future.
“Through this grant scheme, we’re providing a larger amount of funding to support groups in the longer term, allowing them to be more sustainable and to better enable them to plan ahead.
“The grant criteria is aligned with the Council’s priorities to reduce inequalities and support thriving towns and places. We want to encourage applications from groups that can support the most vulnerable and create opportunities for increased activities within local communities.”
Steve Duncan, CEO of Community Foundation for Calderdale, added:
“These grants are offering not for profit organisations in our community the opportunity to get a meaningful amount of funding. The projects strengthening our communities and tackling poverty will make a difference to people’s lives, so we are keen to invite groups to apply for this funding.”
Further support for the VCS is available through the Council’s Small Grants Scheme, which provides grants of up to £3000. The next round of small grants will be launched in the new year. More information is available at Community Small Grants
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. Where do we want to be by 2024? Get involved on Twitter with #VisionCdale2024 and find out more at www.calderdale.gov.uk/vision