Grants and Funding

Community Foundation for Calderdale welcome back sport with grants of £3,000 for Sports Clubs

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As the UK begins to plan for a post-pandemic future, sport and community clubs need to play a vital role in our recovery so the Community Foundation for Calderdale have partnered with Made by Sport to make grants of up to £3,000 available to local sports clubs to save, resume or adapt their activity.

Steve Duncan, CEO of the Community Foundation for Calderdale commented, “We believe sport is a vital tool to help young people develop and overcome social issues such as mental health, fight crime and anti-social behaviour, increase employment skills and pathways and to bring communities together.”


It is estimated that sport returns £4 for every £1 spent on reductions in spending on crime, truancy and ill health. Young people who are physically active thanks to their local sports clubs and organisations can show up to seven times better levels of teamwork, six times better levels of greater resilience and five times better communication skills.


Find out more about how your club can secure #ClubsInCrisis grant by visiting

CFFC launches Local Care Direct Health & Wellbeing Fund for Calderdale residents

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Local residents to benefit from projects supporting their health and wellbeing.

The Community Foundation for Calderdale (CFFC) have partnered with Local Care Direct to support people with their health and wellbeing. With grants of up to £5,000 available to not for profit organisations, the new fund created by Local Care Direct aims to make a real difference in these difficult times.

They are particularly interested in projects supporting residents in Calderdale to improve their health and wellbeing in the following key areas:

  1. Reducing Health Inequalities
  2. Mental Health
  3. Homelessness
  4. Tackling Isolation
  5. Dementia

Application deadline is 28th April 2021. For more details, eligibility criteria and how to apply, please visit

Steve Duncan, CEO of the Community Foundation for Calderdale explained, “the grants of up to £5,000 are available to organisations who are running projects to reduce health inequalities, help mental health, reduce homelessness, and tackle isolation and dementia for local residents.”

“We do not yet know the full impact of COVID 19 but we have already seen rises in incidences of domestic abuse, changes in employment impacting on deprivation and homelessness, and mental health being negatively affected for many people. Reducing health inequalities remains a challenge in Calderdale.”

Helen Carr, CEO of Local Care Direct, highlighted that they are delighted to be in a position to provide support, particularly during a pandemic when support is severely needed. When setting up the fund, she emphasised the need “to create real opportunities that would make a difference in the communities in which we live and serve. As a social enterprise it is important to us to partner with organisations with in-depth knowledge of our local area, charities and voluntary groups, to ensure the support available has the maximum impact. We’re excited to begin this process and are looking forward to seeing the applications.”

Constituted voluntary, community and faith groups, registered charities and groups and CICs who do not pay dividends can apply for a grant. The deadline for applications is 28th April 2021. For more details about the eligibility criteria and how to apply, please visit


Cash boost for Never Hungry Again fund by March 18th

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Children and young people in lower-income families will be supported to stay healthy and happy over the Easter school holidays, thanks to a new round of grants under the Never Hungry Again fund.


Since Calderdale Council, the Community Foundation for Calderdale, The Piece Hall Trust and other partner organisations launched the fund in October 2020 to end child hunger for good, kind donations from across the borough have raised over £100,000 to keep the most disadvantaged children well-fed and healthy.


The Council and the Community Foundation have now added a further £55,000 to the fund to provide extra support during the Easter break, for families who are struggling financially due to COVID-19.


This will add to the healthy food and activity parcels which the Council will already be distributing just before schools close for Easter, to children who are eligible for free school meals and other lower-income families.


Calderdale voluntary and community organisations are invited to apply for a share of the £55,000 to continue their existing work or identify new projects for children and young people during the two weeks of the Easter holidays.


The deadline for applications is 10am on Thursday 18 March and payments are due to be made to successful applicants by early April.


Cllr Tim Swift, Leader of Calderdale Council, said:


“We’re delighted with the success of the Never Hungry Again campaign so far. We set out to end child hunger in Calderdale for good, and thanks to the amazing kindness of our communities, we’ve been able to support families with the healthy food and lifeline that they need during school holidays and beyond.


“Our voluntary organisations and schools continue to provide excellent support to local pupils and their families throughout the pandemic. We’re pleased to be teaming up with the Community Foundation for Calderdale once again to help boost this even more. We encourage our local community groups to apply for the new grants.”


Steve Duncan DL, CEO of Community Foundation for Calderdale, explained:


“This campaign is built on the longstanding commitment of all partners to reducing inequalities including tackling food and family poverty. We are proud of the way that efforts have been stepped up during the pandemic to support families who are struggling disproportionately.”


To apply for a grant, please visit


For more information and to get involved in the Never Hungry Again campaign:


City Connect Community grant for community based groups until 19 March

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Are you a community-based group or individual who can help the local people around you to walk and cycle more in 2021 and beyond?

The City Connect programme has opened a new round of Community Grants funding, with up to £5k on offer to projects and initiatives aiming to get more people out and about on foot or by bike.

The CityConnect Community Grants programme encourages not-for-profit organisations across West Yorkshire to bid for grants of up to £5,000 to support people in their communities to cycle and walk more.

This may be aimed at improving people’s health and wellbeing, to support access to employment and training opportunities or to boost social networks and decrease loneliness.

Grants can be spent on a wide range of activities and initiatives. Previous projects have ranged from pool bike and bike loan schemes, led rides and walks, and free training to increase people’s cycling confidence.

Community or voluntary groups and not-for-profit organisations are all encouraged to apply. Applications open on Friday 19 February 2021 and close at midnight on Friday 19 March 2021.

Applicants can discuss their ideas or application further by contacting the CityConnect team on 0113 251 7366 or at

Find out more about CityConnect Community Grants and Apply here.

Find out more about CityConnect in general here.

Community Grant opportunity for Not-For-Profit organisations

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The West Yorkshire Combined Authority’s CityConnect project is inviting not-for-profit organisations to bid for grants of up to £5,000 to support people in their community to make more everyday journeys by bike and on foot.

We are encouraging groups to apply to deliver projects which address the specific issues within their local community. The project may use walking and cycling to improve an individual’s wellbeing, to support them in accessing employment and training, to address physical and mental health problems or achieve one of the many other benefits cycling and walking can bring.

The application guidance and form can be found here

You will also find examples of type of projects that could be funded.

If you have an idea and would like to discuss it before completing an application please contact and one of the team will get in touch.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Green Social Prescribing Fund open until March 2nd

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West Yorkshire Health and Care Partnership launched a Green Social Prescribing Fund which opened on Tuesday 9th February and closes at 5pm on 2nd March. The Partnership is offering grants of between £5k and £10k for innovative projects that either enable people to access nature-based activities or involve creating new greenspaces in areas of need.

Projects should be specifically aimed at the Partnership’s target groups:

  • People living in areas of deprivation
  • People from black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds, including refugees and asylum seekers and gypsy and traveller populations
  • People with mental health conditions, learning disabilities or autism

The application form is attached and is also available on the Partnership’s website.

Inclusive Economy Project Grants

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If you live in Park or east Warley and you’re full of ideas, this is for you!

Funding is available for community projects and enterprises in your area.

Do you have an amazing idea that will bring better employment, skills and enterprise to Park and east Warley?

Get the financial support to make it happen!

Information pack in English
Information pack in Urdu
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The Park and Warley Inclusive Economy Steering Group has £215,000 to be distributed across projects and enterprise support and is offering the following types of funding:

• Project grants – For projects that increase residents’ skills, particularly digital, or increase their access to employment and/or business creation.
• Enterprise grants – Individual grants of £1000 towards start-up or development costs for people intending to establish a new business or develop a business in a way
that will create additional employment for local people.

We know that certain groups of people face greater barriers into economic security through employment or business creation so the following will be prioritised in our funding decisions:
• Young people.
• Women.
• Single parents.
• Black and minority ethnic people (BAME).
• People over 50.
• Refugees.
• Care leavers.
• Those with English as a second language.

For more information and to apply, visit
If you have an idea that you would like to talk to us about before applying, please contact us at

Cabinet Budget Proposals Zoom meeting Friday 5th February 4pm

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A reminder to join us on Zoom on Friday 5th February, 4pm to hear about the Cabinet budget proposals 2021/22 to 2023/24 and have your say! With Ovenden Ward Councillors Anne Collins, Stephanie Clarke, and Helen Rivron.   Email to book your place. Zoom joining instructions will be emailed separately. Keeping communities safe during the global pandemic and building a position from which to mount a strong recovery are the focus for the Cabinet’s budget proposals for the next financial year. The proposals were presented by the Leader of the Council at a Cabinet meeting on Monday 11 January 2021, marking the start of a 28-day public consultation.

The Cabinet budget proposals are available to view here


Youth Covid-19 Support Fund open for applications until February 12

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The £16.5 million Youth Covid-19 Support Fund, which was announced in November 2020, is open to grassroots youth clubs, uniformed youth groups, and national youth and umbrella organisations, to help to mitigate the impact of lost income during the winter period due to the coronavirus pandemic, and ensure services providing vital support can remain open.

The funding has been allocated from the £750 million charities support package. £1.7m of the £16.5m has been allocated to vital youth work qualifications and training. The Fund will be administered by PwC.

The deadline for submitting a funding application will end at 17:00 on 12th February 2021. 

Please see the link below for more details, including the application form and guidance on how to apply:



Grant Round Open To Support West Yorkshire Communities

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West Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) has opened his latest grant round of the Safer Communities Fund (SCF) with £140,000 available, made up from Proceeds of Crime monies successfully secured by police and prosecutors.

Voluntary, community groups, charities and partners can now bid for grants of up to £6000 from the fund which has a strong theme of supporting communities, and a particular focus on safeguarding vulnerable people.

Mark Burns-Williamson, West Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), said: “In these truly unprecedented times we want to do all we can to help those most in need.

“I would welcome a broad range of project applications across all of the priority areas set out in my Police and Crime Plan. However, I am particularly looking for initiatives that support the more vulnerable such as younger people or the elderly, women and girls, those with disabilities or victims harmed by crime. Early intervention and prevention projects and those offering therapy or support are also very welcome.

“Crucially, projects must be in a position to get to work helping people right away. That means being able to operate within the current climate of Covid restrictions and in a Covid secure way.

“I really need everyone’s help in promoting this fund so that it can reach the areas where it will make the most difference, so please, if you know of a group this could help, let them know.

“I’m very pleased to be able to continue to offer this much needed funding and support during such unique and challenging times, which is also a great testament to the ongoing work of West Yorkshire Police and prosecutors in securing Proceeds of Crime resources.

“It was a key commitment of mine on being elected PCC in 2012 to ensure Proceeds of Crime monies found its way back into our communities affected by such criminal activity in first place, and it has never been more needed than at the moment during the pandemic.”

This latest grant opportunity is the 20th round of the Safer Communities Fund which has also just allocated grant round 19’s cash, of over £180,000 to 36 projects across West Yorkshire.

Projects funded include:

  • Disability Partnership Calderdale, in partnership with West Yorkshire Police, with a project to educate and empower people to report BAME Disability Hate Crime.
  • Radio Sangam in Kirklees who are implementing online Domestic Abuse Support for the South Asian community asking for help following incidences of domestic abuse.
  • Guiding Light Leads in partnership with West Yorkshire Police, who will be delivering an Educate and Empower Black Youth Programme.
  • Tigers Trust in Wakefield for their project ‘Tigers Try Time’ which will look to support and education about hate crime made against their women and disabled teams.
  • Supporting the Keighley Pride event 2021 including security and providing BSL interpreters to ensure LGBTQ people will experience improved safety.

The fund initially launched in 2014 and has now allocated £3.6m to around 790 projects making a real difference across West Yorkshire.

A virtual celebration event, looking back at fund achievements and awards for grand round 20 will be held on Monday 22nd March. All current and past recipients will be invited.

The Safer Communities Fund is financed through money and assets recovered from criminals under the Proceeds of Crime Act by West Yorkshire Police and Prosecutors.

West Yorkshire Police Chief Constable, John Robins, said: “These last few months have presented great challenges, not least for the many community and voluntary groups across West Yorkshire which, despite restrictions, have continued to provide vital help to those people who need it most. Whether it be supporting victims of crime, or making sure children’s or older people’s wellbeing is cared for during lockdown, we have seen volunteers step up their efforts and go the extra mile to meet growing demand on their services.

“Community groups and charities provide a lifeline to many people. They are applauded for their contribution to our society.

“Yet, the opportunities to raise funds and maintain their income has been reduced by lockdown restrictions, which is why I welcome the latest round of grant aid from the Safer Communities Fund and encourage groups to apply for well-deserved grant aid.”

The Safer Communities Fund closes for applications at 12 noon (mid-day) on Friday 12 February 2021.

To find out more about the fund and to apply, visit

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