The Grayston Unity Awarded Music Venue Trust Grant

This grant will help us with the growth and enhance our reputation as a venue that strives to do its best for artists and audiences alike.”

The Grayston Unity, a music venue in Halifax has received a grant from the charity Music Venue Trust (MVT). The MVT’s Pipeline Investment Fund Grant will go towards paying for backline equipment including drums, monitors and amps.

We applied and were successful in being awarded money to buy our own backline, which will save us money having to hire equipment in, it will make our gigs run more smoothly and make us more self sufficient. Finally it will make us more attractive to touring bands to play for us, especially bands from out of the UK ” said The Grayston Unity’s owner Michael Ainsworth.

“Like many other grassroots music venues we are facing very challenging times due to the impact of the cost of living crisis and the ongoing changes we’ve experienced since Covid. To find the money would have been both difficult and not prudent given the above circumstances. The funding means a lot to us, it really does. Despite everything, and with the help of MVT and others, we are growing albeit slowly, as a venue. This grant will help us with the growth and enhance our reputation as a venue that strives to do its best for artists and audiences alike.

The Pipeline Investment Fund was established with the support of members of the Music Venues Alliance and was primarily funded by donations from ticket sales of MVT’s recent ‘Revive Live’ programme of gigs around the UK, which was a partnership with The National Lottery.

The first recipients of the grants are 11 Grassroots Music Venues who have received almost £40,000 in total for a range of lighting, sound and associated equipment purchases, air conditioning units and building work.

Mark Davyd, Founder and CEO of Music Venue Trust said, “The Pipeline Investment Fund is proof of what a huge difference relatively small amounts of money can make to local Grassroots Music Venues. Music Venue Trust is investing this money directly into facilities for artists and for local music communities improving venues for everyone. We’d like to see every stadium and arena show in the country making a small contribution to this fund. Every headline artist should be able to know with confidence that when they reach the top of our industry the impact of their success ripples back to directly support the venues and communities where the launched their career. MVT has created the mechanism to make that possible, we need the music industry to come together and make it happen.”

The fund prioritised support for organisations who may have been excluded from other available funding and was open to all venue operators and organisations that meet any of the three definitions of a Grassroots Music Space, which can be found here.

Music Venue Trust is actively seeking further donations, particularly from the wider music industry, to maintain and expand the Pipeline Investment Fund and make it a permanent source of support for Grassroots Music Venues. Please contact for details of how this work can be supported.

What could a Ward Forum Grant do for you?

Ward Forum Grants of up to £500 are available to community groups and not for profit organisations in the North and East of Halifax, for projects that will benefit their immediate – and possibly wider – community.

From replacing old equipment to organising induction sessions for your club, funding a trip or getting fresh supplies, if you have a project that will benefit your local community, North and East Halifax Ward Forum Grants may be just what you need.

Here is how a Ward Forum Grant helped two organisations this year!

Calderdale Community Squash

Funded taster sessions introducing squash to primary school children in Mixenden.

Thanks so much for the opportunity to reach out into Mixenden and offer these free taster sessions. I hope it is the start of a lasting relationship in the area.

9th Halifax Girls Brigade (Illingworth)

Trip to Hebden Hey scout camp.

Just wanted to thank you again for the grant we recently received.  As you know we were using the money to go towards the cost of taking the girls to camp.

We have just spent the last weekend at Hebden Hey Scout Camp.  Thirty girls attended, aged between 5 and 13.  Everybody had an amazing weekend, doing activities many of them have never had the opportunity to do before, such as crate stacking, treasure hunt trek, caving, water slide, obstacle course, traverse wall, as well as being in the river, and playing numerous games in the activities field.

Quite a few of the girls have never been away before without their parents, and I know that for most of them this weekend will be the only holiday they get this year. Even though it was hard work for the leaders, we gained immense pleasure from knowing the girls managed to enjoy an active weekend and  will take so many happy memories away with them.

Once again, thank you for making this possible.

Could a Ward Forum Grant help you?

There is much that a Ward Forum Grant can help you with, so why not apply and see what you can get with a little help?

The next round of Ward Forum Grants for the North and East of Halifax is open. The deadline for applications is Friday 24 June at 5pm

Are you thinking of having a Queens jubilee celebration? Do you need funding for a project? A £500 Ward forum grant may be helpful.

To be considered, your application should meet one of the 3 following priorities:

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

Follow the link below for more details including contact information and to access the application form.

Ward Forum Grants available in North and East Halifax by June 24th


There is a similar initiative for the Calderdale Lower Valley. To find out what help is available for VCSE organisations in the Lower Valley, chick here:

Lower Valley Ward Forum Grants

Royal Horticultural Society Community Wellbeing Grant

Is your organisation looking for funding to support a wellbeing project?

Gardening has been proven to positively impact our mental and physical wellbeing, providing access to the outdoors, time away from our busy lives and an opportunity to connect with others. We know how important green community spaces are and that’s why we’re pleased to launch our new RHS Community Wellbeing Grant. Supporting groups and organisations working at the heart of communities, the new funding will help deliver gardening projects with the aim of improving the wellbeing of participants.

Supporting groups and organisations at the heart of the community, our new grant will help you deliver gardening projects to improve the wellbeing of your participants. From building confidence through skills workshops, to developing an accessible outdoor space or running inter-generational planting sessions – if your idea supports wellbeing through growing, we want to hear about it!

The RHS Community Wellbeing Grant will provide successful applicants with between £5,000 and £10,000 to help their project and participants thrive. To be considered for funding, please complete an application form by 5pm on Monday 7 March.

Full Grant information and Application details

We’re particularly interested in receiving applications from organisations whose projects:

  • Are user-led and respond to the needs of the people who will benefit
  • Increase access for people who are usually under-represented in gardening
  • Are run by and/or for communities living in areas of high socio-economic deprivation

Get in touch with us

If you’ve got questions about the RHS Community Wellbeing Grant, send us an email to speak to a member of our team.

VSI Alliance Event – ESF Community Grants Meet the Funder Event 

Newsflash from the Voluntary Sector Infrastructure (VSI) Alliance team

ESF Community Grants Meet the Funder Event 

Grants of £5,000 – £20,000 available in West Yorkshire 

  • Are you a small or voluntary organisation?
  • Do you deliver in West Yorkshire?
  • Do you work with unemployed people in your local area?

Grants are available to fund your project. 

Thursday 5th March, 9.30am – 2.30pm
VAC Resource Centre, Hall Street, Halifax, HX1 5AY 

9:30-11.00am: Drop in for any organisation
11.00am-1:30pm: 1-to-1 appointment (book a 20 minute slot to discuss the fund)
1:30pm-2:30pm: Drop in for any organisation

To book a slot please contact Anushka: or 0113 238 060

Find out more: | | 0121 236 8565

ESF Community Grants are funded by the European Social Fund, co-financed by the Education and Skills Funding Agency, and delivered in partnership with Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership.

Community Grants from Tesco Bags of Help and Groundwork

Bags of Help is Tesco’s local community grant scheme where the money raised from plastic carrier bag sales is being used to fund thousands of local projects in communities right across the UK.

Projects that bring benefit to their community will get the green light – these range from improving community buildings and outdoor spaces to buying new equipment, training coaches or volunteers, and hosting community events.

The grants will be administered by Groundwork which  is an environmental charity who work across the UK helping communities find practical solutions to the challenges they face. By bringing people and the environment together with practical local action.

How the Grant Process Works

Nominate local projects or apply for funding
Tesco is encouraging community groups and charities to apply for a grant. They’re also asking customers to nominate local projects that they’d like to see receive some cash. Find out more by visiting Groundwork Tesco Bags of Help.

Customers vote
Three community projects in each local area will be voted on by customers in stores across England, Scotland and Wales, with the projects changing every other month. Each time you shop you will be offered a blue token at the checkout and be able to vote for your favourite project.

Grants are awarded
At the end of the voting period, all three projects will receive funding in each local area. The amount of funding available for individual local projects will range from £1,000 to £4,000 – keep a look out for the results in store and online.

You can see some of the local groups that have already received grant funding from Bags of Help by visiting the interactive map at

To apply visit and complete an application form.

Calderdale Community Grants Schemes – Deadline 1 February

The Council runs two grants schemes for community organisations based in Calderdale.

The closing date for complete applications for both funds is Thursday 1st February 2018.

The Community Small Grants scheme gives out one-off grants of up to £3,000 for voluntary and community sector projects that help achieve the Council’s ambition of making Calderdale a clean, safe, attractive and thriving area for people to live in, work in or visit.

The Community Festivals and Events Fund supports groups that are organising cultural events and festivals across Calderdale, with the aim to get more local people involved in the arts, and attract visitors to our towns and villages. A maximum award of £5,000 will be made to any individual Festival or Event.

There is also a specific pot of money within this fund for organisations that are proposing Festivals and Events following the Boxing Day floods. The aim is to celebrate all that’s great about Calderdale, sending out a clear message that it’s open for business. It is part of the Council’s continued work to help residents and businesses get back on their feet by boosting tourism, trade and morale

To be eligible to apply for any of these grants your organisation must:
• Be a voluntary, community or faith group
• Be properly constituted
• Have a bank account in the name of the organisation
• Be open and accessible to the community you serve
• Have a planned approach to safeguarding issues, if you are working with children, young people and vulnerable adults

The closing date for complete applications for both funds is Thursday 1st February 2018.

For further details visit the Grants pages on Festivals and Events and the Small Grants Scheme or email

Community Grants Panel Ballot Results

The Small Grants Panel Ballot has now taken place and the votes have provided a conclusive result with a warm welcome given to the following Panel representatives:

Communities of Interests Representative:
Pat Akerman of Heath Stroke Club Care Services

Community Groups Representative:
Brian Mansfield of Elland & District Partnership

Other Voluntary Organisations Representative:
Susan Thorpe of Citizens Advice Calderdale

If you have any queries regarding the Small Grants Scheme please contact Steve Martin on 01422 392317

The next deadline for Small Grants (up to £3000) and Community Festival & Events Fund (up to £5000) is Tuesday 3 May 2016. Information and application forms can be found at