VSI Alliance – Meet the funders – Thursday 25th May

Come and meet local, regional and national funders and give your organisation a head start. A market stall style event, funders will have a dedicated stall where you can find out about:

•    Current funding opportunities
•    Information on eligibility criteria
•    The application and monitoring process
•    The additional application support they can offer
•    Deadlines 
•    Funding amounts
There will be opportunities for questions and to discuss your future applications. Attendance at these events can help you develop relationships with funders and gives them the opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of the good works your organisation does. 


  • Grassroots Muslim and non-Muslim not-for-profit orgs with an annual income of £1 million or less working with the Muslim community living in the UK
  • Registered with Charity Commission, Companies House (CICs)
  • A voluntary group or community group
  • Services are in the UK. It is not suitable for international work only.

Date and Time: Thursday 25th May 2023, 11am-2pm.

Venue: Mustafa Mount, University of Bradford School of Management Building, Emm Lane, Bradford, BD9 4JL

You can book your free ticket via Eventbrite here and find out more about the event.

Apply for a Ward Forum Grant by March 10th!

The next round of Ward Forum Grants is now open for applications until
the 10th of March 2023.

Charitable organisations, school clubs, church clubs or other CICs based in the North and East Halifax can apply for a Ward Forum Grant of up to £500 to help towards maintenance, improvement, purchase of equipment or even to organise an event.

If you are based in the Lower Valley, contact the Calderdale Lower Valley neighbourhood team to find out about their grants scheme.

Do you need funding for a project or to carry out repairs work? If you are planning a community celebration or an experience, a £500 Ward forum grant may be helpful.

Community and not for profit organisations in the North and East of Halifax have used Ward Forum Grants to fund things from repairs, to gardening, to organising events and trips.

How to apply

For help at any stage of your application, please contact the Neighbourhood Team on 01422 252029 or email Tony : Tony.King@calderdale.gov.uk

You can apply for a Ward Forum Grant of up to £500 for a project that will benefit your ward area or local community. The deadline is 10th March 2023.

Your application should meet one of the 3 following priorities:

1.            Improving the Environment
2.            Improving Health & Wellbeing;
3.            Community groups recovery.

To find out more read the FAQs on our website.

These grants are available to organisations based in the North and East regions of Halifax, including Ovenden, Warley, Illingworth, Mixenden, Northowram and Shelf. We are keen on projects that improve the environment and the health and wellbeing of residents.

We welcome community groups and individuals to apply for funding to spend on eligible activities and projects that benefit the ward. We are especially looking to provide support to groups, clubs and projects as they try to restart their activity;

Apply online here https://halifaxnorthandeast.com/ward-forum-grants/apply/

Or Download an application form

The maximum grant per application is £500.

Please ensure your application is thorough as insufficient information may result in your application being rejected. You can get help with your application by contacting us on 01422 252029.
email Tony : Tony.King@calderdale.gov.uk

You may resubmit your application if you feel you have left information out.

Macmillan Grants to help with the extra cost of living with cancer

A cancer diagnosis has a huge financial burden, with many people facing extra and often unexpected costs. For example, people living with cancer face higher energy bills as they go through treatment as it’s harder to keep warm, and there is often additional costs associated with getting to and from appointments.

The cost of living has reached its highest level in decades and many people living with cancer are really worried about the spiralling costs of energy bills, food prices, rail fares and fuel.  This is on top of the expected financial and emotional pressures of a cancer diagnosis.

Macmillan Grants are a one-off payment of £350 to help with the extra costs that living with cancer can bring.

They can be used to help with things like:

  • energy bills
  • home adaptions
  • cost of travel to and from hospital
  • any extra costs you might have because of cancer.

You can call Macmillan Support Line on 0808 808 00 00 and talk to the Welfare Rights team about Macmillan Grants. You can speak with the Welfare Rights team:

•            Monday to Friday, 8am to 8pm

•            Saturday to Sunday, 9am to 5pm


Both of the following must also apply:

•            You have no more than £6,000 in savings for a household of one person or no more than £8,000 for a household of two or more people.

•            You have a weekly income of no more than £323 per week for a household of one person or no more than £442 per week for a household of two or more people.

We do not count Personal Independence Payment (PIP), Disability Living Allowance (DLA) or Attendance Allowance (AA) when we work out your weekly income.

Please contact Macmillan Cancer Support if you have any questions

Macmillan Support Line on 0808 808 00 00

Funding Opportunities for VCS Organisations by February 20th

Community Foundation for Calderdale would like to announce two available funding options become available for Voluntary and Community Sector Organisations across Calderdale.

Prince of Wales Charitable fund Grants up to 15K – Apply by February 20th

Grants of up to £15k are available from The Prince of Wales’s Charitable Fund (PWCF) for organisations especially for projects in Education, Health and Wellbeing, Environment, Countryside, Social Inclusion, Heritage and Conservation. You need to apply by 20th February 2023. For more info, visit https://www.pwcf.org.uk/

Calderdale Cares grants up to £5K / £10K for VCS – Apply by February 23

Grants of up to £5k or £10k are available for VCS organisations to apply for who support residents in Calderdale to improve their health and wellbeing. Calderdale Cares Partnership has created a £180,000 fund which is being administered by the Community Foundation for Calderdale (CFFC).

Visit https://cffc.co.uk/vcs-support-fund/ for more info and to apply.

VSI Alliance Update 13 January 2023

VSI Alliance News & Events
Newsflash from the Voluntary Sector Infrastructure (VSI) Alliance team

Read the latest updates from the VSI alliance. You will find information on available funding, local events, consultations, job opportunities and volunteering options. The newsletter also highlights current campaigns and local organisations.

Read the updates here

About VSI Alliance:

All staff at the VSI Alliance are available remotely to support you and your organisation at this time with various aspects of your work, along with providing key information and resources. For support/advice, please contact info@vsialliance.org.uk, or visit www.vsialliance.org.uk for more contact details.

Calderdale Council: Community Small Grants Scheme 

Calderdale community groups running events and projects to support local towns, people and the environment are invited to apply for grants from a £70,000 Council funding pot.

Grants to boost community projectsOne off grants up to £3000 from a £70,000 council funding pot Deadline to apply:  Monday 6th February 2023

Grants will be awarded to projects that help achieve the Council’s priorities to create strong, thriving towns and places, reduce inequalities and tackle the climate emergency. For more information please click here Click the button below and apply online before the deadline: 9am on 06/02/23. 

Apply for a grant

Meet the funder : Free funding webinar from easyfundraising – January 24th

Is your voluntary organisation looking for unrestricted funding? Come along to this informal session to find out how your voluntary group, CIC, social enterprise, church, school, sports club or charity can use the free easyfundraising platform to receive donations unrestricted funding when your volunteers, staff and supporters shop with leading retailers.

What to expect:

  • A live demonstration of how it works
  • Instructions on how to get your organisation set up
  • Tips on how to raise as much as possible
  • A Q&A session with Community Fundraising Manager Becky Coleman

Date: Tuesday 24th January

Time: 12.30 – 1.15pm

Register to attend: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAud-qvpjoqE9R9GDQHnF1Q8600l2YsbdUk

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

easyfundraising offer to run exclusive sessions just for your organisations/members. To find out more, contact Becky Coleman