COVID-19 Business Support

Many Voluntary and Community Sector organisations in Calderdale are eligible to claim grants made available by the government in response to the coronavirus emergency.

Business request for support – £10k and £25k funding online forms 

Recent government announcements have confirmed a package of measures to provide support for businesses registered for business rates to minimise the impact of COVID 19. One of these measures provides for two grants.

  • Small Business and Rural Relief – grant funding of £10k to be made available to all hereditaments which on 11 March 2020 were eligible for Small Business or Rural Rate Relief.
  • Retail, Hospitality and Leisure – grant funding of £25k to support hereditaments, which at 11 March 2020 were used for Retail, Hospitality and Leisure businesses with a rateable value between £15,001 and £51,000.

Please note that Businesses are only eligible for either the £10k or £25k grant.

It is anticipated that the specific guidance for local authorities on the scheme will continue to be provided and funding is also expected to be made available by government in April 2020. For guidance in relation to the grant, visit: Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance on business support grant funding (GOV.UK).

In order to allow a payment to be made to your business when the government funding is in place, and in accordance with the guidance issued by government in relation to the Coronavirus, all sections of the form must be completed with the relevant information.

Small Business and Rural Relief 10k application form

Retail, Hospitality and Leisure 25k application form

Walking and Cycling Areas for Improvement in North Halifax – your views

We Need Your Views by Thursday 28th May

The challenges of walking and cycling in North Halifax (including Ovenden, Illingworth and Mixenden) are regularly raised by local residents.

With social distancing restrictions, these issues have become more pressing. We need your help now to understand where and how we can help with changes to roads and pavements. This will help make cycling and walking safer and easier for people to do whilst protecting their health.

Building cycling and walking into your daily routine helps improve your physical and mental well-being, not to mention your bank balance!

The Council is responding to the requirements of COVID-19 social distancing and a general return to work and school. We want to help people to avoid using public transport and to walk and cycle more.

North Halifax, is a priority area as data shows us that in North Halifax people who travel to work on foot is significantly lower than in the rest of Calderdale.  And in both Illingworth and Mixenden and Ovenden wards people who travel to work by bus is significantly higher than almost all other wards in the borough.

As shops and workplaces reopen, we want to support physical distancing measures and ensure pavements are wide enough and clear of obstruction and that cycle provisions are improved to help people ride their bikes. We will do this through, social media, signing, putting temporary measures in to widen footways and by creating temporary cycle ways where possible.

Now we need your help!  Please complete our Walking and Cycling Survey below thinking about how people in North Halifax can walk and cycle more whilst maintaining social distancing.

To achieve these aims, we need your help by completing our Walking and Cycling Survey to let us know specifically where you think the problem areas are, in terms of being able to walk and cycle and do so maintaining social distancing.

Many thanks and please do take this opportunity to tell us what you think, you don’t need to be an expert!



Calderdale. Things have changed so fast, haven’t they. Your streets seem strange without music and laughter. But you’re still there, ready to rise.

Keep Being Calderdale encourages all of us to take action — from delivering food to a vulnerable neighbour to volunteering in the community, from simply giving friends or family members a quick call, to donating to the NHS.

And if staying home is the most you can do then that’s great too!

Looking after children’s mental health whilst they are away from school – Dani Worthington

Dani Worthington, Headteacher at Moorside Community Primary School in Ovenden has written a fantastic article for parents, to help their children cope with the pressures of lockdown during #Covid19UK

You can read it here –

Coronavirus in Calderdale leaflet

A really helpful leaflet written and produced by Calderdale Council. It contains information for you, your family and your community on keeping safe and well during the outbreak of coronavirus, also known as COVID-19.

Download leaflet

COVID-19 Safeguarding in Calderdale

Safeguarding risks may increase during isolation for vulnerable children and adults.

Some people try to take advantage of others through scamming or financial abuse.

Children may spend more time online making them more vulnerable to online bullying, sexual grooming, abuse and exploitation.

High-stress home environments increase the risk of domestic violence & abuse.

Safeguarding is everybody’s business; we all have a role in spotting when things aren’t right.

  • Abuse and Neglect are likely to increase due to increased isolation and stress
  • Professionals have less opportunities to identify abuse so individuals and communities can help by being aware of potential indicators of abuse
  • Be aware of signs that someone may be suffering abuse and please report it / discuss it with someone
  • Services that can help are still operating and will work with the individual to help keep them safe

 Keeping safe from scamming or financial abuse:

  • Don’t be rushed into making a decision, if it sounds too good to be true it probably is.
  • Only buy things from a reputable outlet and think before you give out money or your personal information.
  • Don’t assume everyone is genuine.  It’s OK to reject, refuse or ignore any requests.  Only criminals will try to rush or panic you.
  • If someone claims to be from a charity, ask them for ID.  Be suspicious of requests for money up front.
  • Check with family and friends before accepting offer of help if you are unsure.
  • You can contact Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.

If you are concerned that you or someone you know is being abused or neglected:

  • For safeguarding concerns about adults call 01422 393000
  • For safeguarding concerns about a child or young person call 01422 393336
  • On evenings or weekends the out of hours number for both is 01422 288000
  • To report a crime call 101 or in an emergency call 999
  • If you have access to the internet, you can visit for more information about safeguarding in Calderdale.