Community Foundation for Calderdale (CFFC)

Household support fund grants by December 2nd

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Are you a Not-for-profit organisation who are supporting people and families who are vulnerable and are facing hardship this Winter?

The Department for Work & Pensions (DWP) has provided councils with funds to offer direct support to households facing hardship this Winter.

These grants are for organisations who help people keep warm, clean, and fed this Winter.

The objective of the Household Support Fund is to provide support to vulnerable households in most need of support this winter as the economy recovers.

The fund should primarily offer food and energy support but also provision has been made to support households in need of other essentials e.g. blankets, toiletries, bills, fuel.

Grants are available on a sliding scale depending on how many people you are supporting and applications need to be in by 2nd December 2021.

For full details about this fund, application process and more winter support options, visit


The amazing gift of giving

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This touching, not to mention truly inspirational story came to us. It shows that a lot can happen from what can start as a small initiative.

A Halifax Employment Trust employee and donor to the Community Foundation for Calderdale asked friends and family not to buy him any birthday presents for his 60th birthday.

Instead, they held a fundraiser and have raised £10,600 to fund people in Calderdale to learn how to do CPR and for defibrillators.

I’d like to think that many would like to join us in wishing:

Happy birthday sir, thank you for your generous gesture.

GVC Fund – Community Foundation For Calderdale

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What is the GVC Fund?

The Community Foundation for Calderdale is a member of UKCF , which has committed to working with GVC Holdings on a five-year grantmaking programme focussed on community sport and physical/mental health, in particular for young men.

In Calderdale this programme aims to support local communities and projects, with grants of up to £5k with a focus on sports and healthy activity projects, and those that support men’s health.

Read more about the GVC Fund :


This programme aims to support local communities and projects but will not work directly with young people.   Priority will be given to small, locally based organisations in areas of disadvantage, run by people directly affected by the issues they are dealing with and that have a clear understanding of the needs they are supporting. This can also include “Communities of Interest” which cover a wider geographical area. Groups can apply for up to 50% of the grant as core costs and the remainder as project delivery costs.


  • Men’s health projects
  • Community sport activities
  • Men’s Sheds

Find out more here :

General Grants from CFFC – second round

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The fund is made up of CFFC funds and the Full Circle Fund

Full info and deadlines:

With regard to General Grant applications, CFFC will prioritise applications which contribute to the Foundation’s strategic priorities, these are:

For General Grant applications, CFFC will prioritise applications which contribute to the Foundation’s strategic priorities, these are:

  • Homelessness and Housing
  • Poverty and Disadvantage
  • Mental Health and wellbeing
  • Community Cohesion.

Grant applicants will be expected to show how their proposals will contribute to these priorities.

CFFC is especially interested to understand how proposals will help the communities of Calderdale recover form Covid and keep Covid safe. We will be looking for information about this in your application and will score higher those applications which make this clear.

You can contact the Grants Team for further information and advice on 01422 349700

Who can apply?

  • Constituted voluntary, community and faith groups run for and by local people (Note: Individuals cannot apply)
  • Registered charities and groups with charitable purposes working in Calderdale, (including Charitable Incorporated Organisations, IPS etc)
  • Community Interest Companies (CICs) who do not, and cannot, pay dividends (see below for further criteria for CiCs and Social Enterprises)
  • Community Amateur Sports Clubs (CASCs) whose Governance documents include a clear community benefit clause, open membership and an asset lock
  • Schools (except private, fee charging schools), whether part of the Local Authority or direct funded in some way, to apply for grants for activities which are clearly extra-curricular. NB Schools must be able to provide the documentation required.

Grants from the Weight Management Fund – Deadline Nov 22nd

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CFFC have launched a new grant, available to organisations who offer help to adults who want help managing their weight.
Through the Weight Management Fund, you can apply for grants of £5,000 before 22nd November to deliver adult weight management programmes that focus on weight loss. This includes voluntary and community sector organisations and local private businesses.

About the Fund

The fund is open to any organisation based in Calderdale that can delivery an adult weight management programmes that focus on weight loss. This includes voluntary and community sector organisations and local private businesses.

They must include support around dietary intake, physical activity and behaviour change and provide participants with support for at least 12 weeks.

Funding can be used to cover staffing costs and running costs for delivery of the programme but should not be used for capital costs such as purchasing equipment or setting up apps or websites.

For more information, please visit

Healthy Holidays Calderdale Winter programme Launch

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The Healthy Holidays Calderdale Winter programme has been launched. This programme aims to provide free holiday schemes for children on free school meals over the December school holidays.

DfE have provided funds for a Winter programme of Healthy Holidays Calderdale during the school Christmas holidays: Saturday 18th December – Thursday 30th December 2021.

Please click here to apply: and please don’t hesitate to ask if you have any queries.

There will be a suite of supporting documents available on the CFFC website shortly.

The Government’s Holiday Activity & Food Programme does not provide funding for half terms. Calderdale Council and Community Foundation for Calderdale have joined forces to support holiday schemes for the forthcoming October half term in areas of highest deprivation. This is because we know parents and children in the borough enjoyed and felt supported by the Summer holiday clubs. The October half term programme is on a smaller scale and is funded by Calderdale’s Never Hungry Again campaign.

Parents can visit CFFC – October Holidays to find a holiday scheme in their area between 25th-29th October.

Finalists for the Calderdale Community Spirit Awards 2021 Announced 

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The Community Foundation for Calderdale and its headline sponsors BCA Leisure have announced the finalists for the Community Spirit Awards which will take place on Thursday 25th November 2021 at The Venue Barkisland to celebrate all the amazing work volunteers, charities and community groups do to make Calderdale a better place to live.

There has been a new category for people who have gone Above and Beyond during Covid-19, and attracted two new sponsors Appleyard Lees LLP and Yorkshire Payments.

To see the finalists, visit


National Emergencies Trust – Funding Opportunity

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Charities are being invited to apply for up to £10,000 in match-funding through a new £1.2m pot from the National Emergencies Trust.

The charity has launched its Local Action Fund to support community and voluntary organisations whose finances have been affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

The NET said it would match donations up to a total of £10,000 per charity.


About CFFC

The Community Foundation for Calderdale supports hundreds of charities and voluntary groups across the borough, addressing inequalities and working together to help create opportunities for those that most need help.

VCS Peer Support Webinar 5th October

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VCS Peer Support Webinar

Tuesday 5th October 2021 3pm – 5pm

This month, we will be joined by Jag & Cheryl from the National Association of Primary Care to discuss the health confidence question which may be beneficial to voluntary & community organisations to use to demonstrate the impact of health interventions and support future initiatives.

We will also be joined by Hilary Turley from All 1 Collective + Lab leading an open discussion around climate change. There will be additional information from Community Foundation for Calderdale about the Climate Emergency/Carbon Zero Fund.

Eventbrite link here: