The Community Foundation for Calderdale has partnered with Calderdale Metropolitan Borough Council (CMBC) to launch the Support and Integration Fund. The fund’s strong emphasis on social cohesion as a way to reduce inequalities meets both funders’ vision to deliver change and transformation in the coming years.
They are particularly interested in seeing locally-based community and faith organisations who may not currently support asylum seekers and refugees, but who would like to widen their offer to asylum seekers and refugees. This could be a safe, well-promoted local group for asylum seekers in need to contact, an offer of befriending, lunch clubs or coffee mornings, parent and child groups or to a local project to increase the community understanding and cohesion around asylum and migration issues. Grants of up to £5,000 are available.
In addition, they also have a grant of £50,000 available. The large grant is to support asylum seekers’ and refugees integration in Calderdale. This would include holding a caseload of people who may be in need of support as well as working with locally-based community and faith organisations to help build the integration support they are able to offer. Immigration advice would not be expected. Ideally, this post will be over a maximum of two years. A total of £50,000 is available to one organisation.
They are holding a launch event on November 28th for anyone interested to find out more.