Healthy Holidays Calderdale – Information Session June 15th

Delivery of Summer Holiday Activities and Food (HAF) programme in Calderdale.

We are excited that the government announced the expansion of its tried and tested Holiday Activities and Food programme across all local authorities.

This programme is aiming to provide healthy food and enriching activities during the summer holidays to children who are aged between 5 to 16 years old and receive benefits-related free school meals (8000 children in Calderdale).

We are holding an information session for organisations planning to apply for the summer Healthy Holidays grant funding:

Date & Time: 15th June 1.00-3.00pm

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The Healthy Holidays grant programme is now live and groups and organisations can access the full guidance and online application form on the Community Foundation for Calderdale’s website. The deadline for applications is 10am on Tuesday 29th June 2021. 

Access the Full Guidance on the Community Foundation for Calderdale website

Ovenden Moor Wind Farm Fund now open

The Ovenden Moor Wind Farm Fund is being managed by Community Foundation for Calderdale on behalf of Yorkshire Wind Power Ltd (YWPL), a joint venture between Energy Power Resources Ltd (EPRL) and E.ON Climate and Renewables (E.ON).

Grants of up to £10,000.00 are available for general charitable purposes to group operating or delivering within a 5km radius of the Wind Farm.

Applications will open Monday 1st October 2018 and close 26th October 2018 5pm

Assessments will take place w/c 29th October 2018

Applicants informed of decisions w/c 3rd December 2018. Projects must not start before the decisions are received, as we can not fund retrospectively.

Grants will support community, voluntary sector and not-for-profit groups in work, that is of benefit to the community in the fund area. Groups outside the area may apply but the work must be with beneficiaries within the 5km fund area.

Please click below to be taken to the online application process –

Many Voices Project Comes to Beech Hill School

Ver de Gris recently visited Beech Hill School to chat about a new creative project with Mothers & Girls exploring cultural identity, opportunity and aspiration.

This is part of the 3-year ‘Many Voices’ initiative in conjunction with Square Chapel Arts Centre supported by the Big Lottery Fund’s Reaching Communities programme and the Community Foundation for Calderdale which will provide match funding for the first year of the project.

The project will deliver a wide range of activities with diverse communities in Calderdale, with the aim of bringing people together to build confidence, knowledge, skills and understanding. Working with a range of partners, the project will celebrate the differences between communities and promote the qualities and experiences that all people share, which makes Calderdale such a vibrant and exciting place to live.

There will be a particular focus on working with women and girls, exploring the issues they face, supporting them to share their stories and have a voice.

Michaela O’Sullivan, Head of Audiences at Square Chapel Arts Centre said:

“An impressive range of work has been delivered over the past three years, but as a partnership, we found that the stories and experiences of women and girls in our communities warranted further exploration. It is particularly prescient that issues affecting women are to the fore at the moment and Many Voices is about supporting women and girls from different backgrounds and communities to have a voice and be heard. At Square Chapel, we are very much looking forward to having a further three years to work with Verd De Gris Arts to deliver this new and exciting project in Calderdale. We are enormously grateful to the Big Lottery Fund and the Community Foundation for Calderdale for funding this work and for their faith in our project.”

Both Square Chapel Arts Centre and Verd De Gris Arts use the arts as a tool to bring about improvements in people’s lives and both have strong and established track records in delivering highly successful and effective outreach programmes in Calderdale.

Verd De Gris Arts was established 15 years ago by Directors Jeff Turner and Sharon Marsden. Based in Hebden Bridge, they have established a strong track record of using the arts as a medium to change and improve people’s lives, particularly people with life-changing conditions like dementia and Parkinson’s. Their cohesion work, bringing different generations and communities together, has been ground-breaking, innovative and impactful, with programmes delivered across Calderdale and further afield in Blackburn and Lancashire.


Support and Integration Fund launch


Grant funding of between £500 – £50,000 is available. To find out how you can get involved go to the launch event on  November 28 at 1:30pm – 3pm to find out more. The FREE event is to be held at the CFFC Offices on Discovery Road HX1 2NG but you must register your interest through Eventbrite where you will also find more information about the aims of providing the grants.

Community Foundation for Calderdale (CFFC) 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 we 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.


Grants of up to £10,000 available

Grants from the Ovenden Windfarm Community Benefit Fund which is managed by the Community Foundation for Calderdale, will support community and voluntary sector, not for profit groups, in work that is of benefit to the community in the fund area, within a 5km radius of the wind farm site.

Grants of up to £10,000 are available, multi year funding will be considered.

The fund has now launched and the application deadline is 27 November 2017 5pm.

A grants panel will review applications week commencing 18 December 2017 and applicants will be informed of the decision from 8 January 2018.

For more details and to apply visit 

Calderdale Community Spirit Awards 2017

It’s back!

Join the Community Foundation for Calderdale, for the 2017 Calderdale Community Spirit Awards, where we celebrate, acknowledge and appreciate the efforts of the best charities, community groups and volunteers in the area. The 2017 Calderdale Community Spirit Awards are to be held at The Shay Stadium in Halifax on the 28 September. It will be an evening to remember as we hear touching stories of bravery, determination and ultimately success from the Men & Women who do so much to keep their causes alive and at the forefront of our minds.

While the Community Spirit Awards are being held in Halifax, they are open to all charitable organisations in Calderdale.

We know Calderdale is teeming with excellent charities, community groups, and volunteers, and we want them to be recognised and celebrated for the great work they do. So, if your charitable organisation is doing something great nominate your organisation, if you have been supported by a local charitable group nominate them, or if you have a volunteer you just couldn’t live without let us know.

We have 13 categories to choose from and you can nominate your organisation/ individual in more than one.

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Age UK Calderdale and Kirklees Holiday Fund – Grants available

Age UKAge UK have a limited fund to grant to older people to go on holiday who otherwise may not be able to afford it.

The fund, made available by the Community Foundation for Calderdale, is now open and grants must be used by the end of the year (2016).

The maximum grant is up to £500 / couple (£300 / individual) and is paid directly to the holiday company.

Priority will be given to applicants who are aged 60+, live in the HX postcode area, who are in financial hardship, have a long term illness or disability and have not used the fund previously.

The grants are available by submitting a simple application form to Age UK Calderdale and Kirklees.

Please collect an application form from the Age UK shop (4-6 Square, The Woolshops, Halifax, HX1 1RJ) or call 01422 252040

Completed form should be returned to the Woolshops and decisions will be made within 4 weeks.