Creative Minds in Calderdale is open for applications

The Trust aims to support voluntary and community organisations to deliver, in partnership with Trust staff, a variety of creative projects to the people who use Trust services and their carers.

The aim of this work is to ensure there is a strong infrastructure of community organisations able to work with the Trust to provide excellent creative projects for the people who access their services.

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Skills and Opportunities Fund 2018

The Skills and Opportunities Fund will open to applications on 5th February. Grants of up to £35,000 are available for projects that will promote education, develop skills for employment and help people to start a business.

To be eligible, applicants must:

  • Be based in either the UK or Republic of Ireland
  • Be able to demonstrate experience of working in and/or with disadvantaged communities
  • Be able to demonstrate experience in measuring impact of the projects
  • Have a turnover of less than £10 million or be a state funded school or college
  • Have been trading for at least two years (schools can be trading for less than two years)
  • Be able to complete the project within 18 months of the award

No more than 25% of the project spend can be capital costs. Large capital costs are not eligible.

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Electrical Fire Safety Fund

The Electrical Fire Safety Fund supports the delivery of project-based fire prevention initiatives in local communities. The initiatives aim to effectively tackle the causes of electrical fires by increasing the public’s awareness of electrical safety and promoting appropriate behaviour changes that will lead to the safe use of electrical appliances and installations.

This year, preference will be given to projects that seek to address the risks of fires associated with electrical products and appliances and/or those that display an innovative and creative approach.

Applications are invited for grants of up to £5,000 per organisation. (In exceptional circumstances, larger funding amounts of up to £20,000 will be considered for joint and/or bigger projects).

Calderdale Community Grants Schemes

The Council runs two grants schemes for community organisations based in Calderdale.

The Community Small Grants scheme gives out one-off grants of up to £3,000 for voluntary and community sector projects that help achieve the Council’s ambition of making Calderdale a clean, safe, attractive and thriving area for people to live in, work in or visit.

The Community Festivals and Events Fund supports groups that are organising cultural events and festivals across Calderdale, with the aim to get more local people involved in the arts, and attract visitors to our towns and villages. A maximum award of £5,000 will be made to any individual Festival or Event.

There is also a specific pot of money within this fund for organisations that are proposing Festivals and Events following the Boxing Day floods. The aim is to celebrate all that’s great about Calderdale, sending out a clear message that it’s open for business. It is part of the Council’s continued work to help residents and businesses get back on their feet by boosting tourism, trade and morale.

To be eligible to apply for any of these grants your organisation must:

  • Be a voluntary, community or faith group
  • Be properly constituted
  • Have a bank account in the name of the organisation
  • Be open and accessible to the community you serve
  • Have a planned approach to safeguarding issues, if you are working with children, young people and vulnerable adults

For further details visit the Grants pages on Festivals and Events and the Small Grants Scheme or email

Greggs Foundation Environmental Grants

The Greggs Foundation is currently accepting applications from local not-for-profit organisations and schools that have a Greggs shop in their region and need funding for an environmental project that benefits their community.

The Greggs Foundation uses the money raised from the 5p levy on carrier bag sales in Greggs shops to provide grants of up to £2,000 to not-for-profit organisations in Great Britain for projects that make a difference to the quality of life of people who live in neighbourhoods near a Greggs shop.

The funding is for projects that improve the physical environment in a way that also benefits the wider community. There are seven local charity committees that meet regularly to review local applications.

Preference is given to projects which include one of more of the following:

  • Improves the local environment.
  • Insures involvement of local communities.
  • Delivers a sustainable and measurable difference.
  • Supports people in need.

Grants can cover the purchase of equipment, sessional salary costs, purchase of trees/plants, small capital projects and learning activities. The Greggs Foundation is also interested in new approaches and innovative ideas as well as sustainable approaches to supporting local environments.

Safer Communities Fund has re-opened

The Safer Communities Fund (SCF) is a fund offered and administered by the Office of Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC) and is available to the voluntary and community sector to help fund community-based projects and work, with the aim of improving their locality for the people who live there. It is funded by the Proceeds of Crime Act and there is an expectation that West Yorkshire Police would match fund any award.

The OPCC look for applications and projects which as well as improving the locality for the people are also good for developing community engagement. However, the fund cannot be used to fund refreshments, but can include giveaways (i.e. crime prevention items) or renting halls etc. The application should clearly explain how this project helps address the OPCC priorities and outcomes.

The application must provide the project’s specific costs and can provide up to £5,000 per project for 12 months. Within this 12 months the project must reach conclusion. They have two West Yorkshire Police specific points of contact for people to liaise with: Lisa Raynor and Tracey Collins. Applications for the fund are made via the OPCC website between specific and regular windows:

The current grant window opened on 8th January 2018, closing on 9th February 2018 and funds awarded on 19th April 2018.

2018/19 Tampon Tax Fund

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport is once again inviting charitable, benevolent and philanthropic organisations that are working in the UK with disadvantaged women and girls to apply for funding.

Now in its third year, the Tampon Tax Fund, which was first announced by the Chancellor during the 2015 Autumn Statement, is providing £15 million in large grants to women’s charities in the UK.

The minimum grant is £1 million. There is no maximum level of grant. The grant must represent more than 50% of the applicant’s collective annual income. Grants may be for one or two year projects, with a maximum of two years up until 31 March 2020.

The funding is intended for projects that focus on one of three categories:

  • Violence against Women and Girls – Applications will be considered from organisations that support women and girls affected by or at risk of violence or abuse. This includes domestic violence and abuse, sexual violence, so-called ‘honour-based’ violence, stalking and prostitution and sex work, and applications are encouraged from consortia that cover multiple crime types. Projects should include early intervention and prevention of VAWG crimes, as well as victims’ services. Proposals must provide additional activity not currently within mainstream provision.
  • Mental Health and Wellbeing – Applications will be considered from organisations that promote mental wellbeing and prevention of mental illness for vulnerable and disadvantaged women and girls. This includes applications that promote mental wellbeing, public health prevention, early intervention, digital innovations, community based provision and working across sectors. Proposals should provide additional activity not currently within mainstream provision.
  • General programme – Applications will be considered from organisations working to improve the lives of disadvantaged or under-represented women and girls. The work can cover a range of areas including, but not limited to alcohol and drug abuse; BAME services; education and employment; engaging excluded and vulnerable women through sport; female offenders; gender equality; LGBTQI specific services; multiple complex needs; older women; period poverty; women with disabilities and women with learning disabilities.

Applications are particularly welcomed from organisations that support women and girls across multiple regions.

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Rethinking Parks fund: Helping parks innovate

Big Lottery Fund, Heritage Lottery Fund and Nesta are once again partnering to invite applications to a new Rethinking Parks fund that will support innovative ideas to address the challenges parks face.

Their aim is to help parks innovate to ensure they can sustain and develop as free, open and truly valued community spaces for the future.

Two award streams: Replication and Prototyping

  1. Replication award: Grants of up to £200k over two years aimed at supporting organisations to set up, run and learn from innovative, tested, operating models for parks
  2. Prototyping award: Grants of up to £100k over 9-15 months to support testing and learning from digital and data innovations with the potential to address challenges that parks face

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Planning Delivery Fund

The Department for Communities and Local Government is inviting local authorities and third sector organisations to apply for funding to help deliver much-needed new homes and infrastructure across England.

The new £25 million Planning Delivery Fund has been established to support ambitious authorities in areas of high housing need to plan for new homes and infrastructure, equipping them with the resources needed to deliver the agenda set out in the housing white paper of February 2017 and the Autumn Budget.

The initial allocation of £11 million will be open to bids, equally split over the financial years 2017-18 to 2018-19, and administered under three dedicated funding streams: a Joint Working Fund, a Design Quality Fund, and an Innovation Fund.

Third sector organisations (on their own or in partnership with Local Authorities) are invited to submit proposals to the Innovation Fund, which will provide funding to stimulate and support innovation in the way planning services are delivered. The amounts awarded will be made depending on the volume and quality of bids.

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