North Halifax Improved Streets for People

Help to make North Halifax a greener, healthier and more attractive place to live and work – Transforming Cities Fund consultation

Do you want to create better places for walking and cycling and to improve access to public transport in North Halifax?

Calderdale Council in partnership with the West Yorkshire Combined Authority want to hear your views and are inviting you to take part in an online survey which is open from Monday 15 March and closes on Sunday 25 April.  Anyone who lives in, works in, or visits North Halifax area can complete the survey and the more people who take part the better to improve the understanding of the challenges and opportunities in the area.

The online survey is at:

👉www.yourvoice.westyorks-ca.gov.uk/north-halifax    

More information on the YourVoice website.

Cash boost for Never Hungry Again fund by March 18th

Children and young people in lower-income families will be supported to stay healthy and happy over the Easter school holidays, thanks to a new round of grants under the Never Hungry Again fund.

Since Calderdale Council, the Community Foundation for Calderdale, The Piece Hall Trust and other partner organisations launched the fund in October 2020 to end child hunger for good, kind donations from across the borough have raised over ÂŁ100,000 to keep the most disadvantaged children well-fed and healthy.

The Council and the Community Foundation have now added a further ÂŁ55,000 to the fund to provide extra support during the Easter break, for families who are struggling financially due to COVID-19.

This will add to the healthy food and activity parcels which the Council will already be distributing just before schools close for Easter, to children who are eligible for free school meals and other lower-income families.

Calderdale voluntary and community organisations are invited to apply for a share of the ÂŁ55,000 to continue their existing work or identify new projects for children and young people during the two weeks of the Easter holidays.

The deadline for applications is 10am on Thursday 18 March and payments are due to be made to successful applicants by early April.

Cllr Tim Swift, Leader of Calderdale Council, said:

“We’re delighted with the success of the Never Hungry Again campaign so far. We set out to end child hunger in Calderdale for good, and thanks to the amazing kindness of our communities, we’ve been able to support families with the healthy food and lifeline that they need during school holidays and beyond.

“Our voluntary organisations and schools continue to provide excellent support to local pupils and their families throughout the pandemic. We’re pleased to be teaming up with the Community Foundation for Calderdale once again to help boost this even more. We encourage our local community groups to apply for the new grants.”

Steve Duncan DL, CEO of Community Foundation for Calderdale, explained:

“This campaign is built on the longstanding commitment of all partners to reducing inequalities including tackling food and family poverty. We are proud of the way that efforts have been stepped up during the pandemic to support families who are struggling disproportionately.”

To apply for a grant, please visit https://ukcf.secure.force.com/forms/Generalover1500/neverhungryagaineaster

For more information and to get involved in the Never Hungry Again campaign:

City Connect Community grant for community based groups until 19 March

Are you a community-based group or individual who can help the local people around you to walk and cycle more in 2021 and beyond?

The City Connect programme has opened a new round of Community Grants funding, with up to ÂŁ5k on offer to projects and initiatives aiming to get more people out and about on foot or by bike.

The CityConnect Community Grants programme encourages not-for-profit organisations across West Yorkshire to bid for grants of up to ÂŁ5,000 to support people in their communities to cycle and walk more.

This may be aimed at improving people’s health and wellbeing, to support access to employment and training opportunities or to boost social networks and decrease loneliness.

Grants can be spent on a wide range of activities and initiatives. Previous projects have ranged from pool bike and bike loan schemes, led rides and walks, and free training to increase people’s cycling confidence.

Community or voluntary groups and not-for-profit organisations are all encouraged to apply. Applications open on Friday 19 February 2021 and close at midnight on Friday 19 March 2021.

Applicants can discuss their ideas or application further by contacting the CityConnect team on 0113 251 7366 or at cityconnect@westyorks-ca.gov.uk.

Find out more about CityConnect Community Grants and Apply here.

Find out more about CityConnect in general here.

Community Grant opportunity for Not-For-Profit organisations

The West Yorkshire Combined Authority’s CityConnect project is inviting not-for-profit organisations to bid for grants of up to £5,000 to support people in their community to make more everyday journeys by bike and on foot.

We are encouraging groups to apply to deliver projects which address the specific issues within their local community. The project may use walking and cycling to improve an individual’s wellbeing, to support them in accessing employment and training, to address physical and mental health problems or achieve one of the many other benefits cycling and walking can bring.

The application guidance and form can be found here

You will also find examples of type of projects that could be funded.

If you have an idea and would like to discuss it before completing an application please contact cityconnect@westyorks-ca.gov.uk and one of the team will get in touch.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Green Social Prescribing Fund open until March 2nd

West Yorkshire Health and Care Partnership launched a Green Social Prescribing Fund which opened on Tuesday 9th February and closes at 5pm on 2nd March. The Partnership is offering grants of between ÂŁ5k and ÂŁ10k for innovative projects that either enable people to access nature-based activities or involve creating new greenspaces in areas of need.

Projects should be specifically aimed at the Partnership’s target groups:

  • People living in areas of deprivation
  • People from black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds, including refugees and asylum seekers and gypsy and traveller populations
  • People with mental health conditions, learning disabilities or autism

The application form is attached and is also available on the Partnership’s website.

Inclusive Economy Project Grants

If you live in Park or east Warley and you’re full of ideas, this is for you!

Funding is available for community projects and enterprises in your area.

Do you have an amazing idea that will bring better employment, skills and enterprise to Park and east Warley?

Get the financial support to make it happen!

Information pack in English
Information pack in Urdu
Information pack in Czech

The Park and Warley Inclusive Economy Steering Group has ÂŁ215,000 to be distributed across projects and enterprise support and is offering the following types of funding:

• Project grants – For projects that increase residents’ skills, particularly digital, or increase their access to employment and/or business creation.
• Enterprise grants – Individual grants of £1000 towards start-up or development costs for people intending to establish a new business or develop a business in a way
that will create additional employment for local people.

We know that certain groups of people face greater barriers into economic security through employment or business creation so the following will be prioritised in our funding decisions:
• Young people.
• Women.
• Single parents.
• Black and minority ethnic people (BAME).
• People over 50.
• Refugees.
• Care leavers.
• Those with English as a second language.

For more information and to apply, visit calderdale.gov.uk/park-warley-project
If you have an idea that you would like to talk to us about before applying, please contact us at inclusive.economy@calderdale.gov.uk

Cabinet Budget Proposals Zoom meeting Friday 5th February 4pm

A reminder to join us on Zoom on Friday 5th February, 4pm to hear about the Cabinet budget proposals 2021/22 to 2023/24 and have your say! With Ovenden Ward Councillors Anne Collins, Stephanie Clarke, and Helen Rivron. Email Vicky.mcghee@nhpltd.org.uk to book your place. Zoom joining instructions will be emailed separately. Keeping communities safe during the global pandemic and building a position from which to mount a strong recovery are the focus for the Cabinet’s budget proposals for the next financial year. The proposals were presented by the Leader of the Council at a Cabinet meeting on Monday 11 January 2021, marking the start of a 28-day public consultation.

The Cabinet budget proposals are available to view here