Calderdale Council has confirmed that the Ward Forum Grants will continue into this next year with a further £5000 for each ward in Calderdale, in addition any under spend will carry over from last year.
Frequently Asked Questions:
- How much money is there?
- Who decides how the money is spent?
- Am I eligible to apply for a grant?
- When can I apply?
- How do I apply?
- I don’t live in North and East Halifax, how do I apply in my area?
- When will I find out if my application has been successful?
- What should I do if my application is unsuccessful?
- How do I make a complaint?
- How can I see what the money has already been spent on?
How much money is there?
Each ward receives £5000 per year.
What can I apply for?
Your application should meet one of the 2 following priorities:
- Community Celebrations and bringing people together (not during Covid emergency)
- Improve the health and well-being of local people
- Improving the Environment in the Ward
Who decides how the money is spent?
Following consultation at the Ward Forum meetings it was agreed that each of the four wards in North and East Halifax would set up micro commissioning panels to allocate grants.
The Neighbourhood Team facilitates the panels but decisions about who will receive a grant are taken by a Ward Forum Grants Panel which includes Ward Councillors.
Current membership of the panels in 2019/20 were agreed at the March 2019 ward forum meetings and are as follows:
|Illingworth and Mixenden||Cllr S Clark ,Cllr L Lambert, Cllr D Sutherland, PCSO D Talbot (West Yorkshire Police), D Marham (Ovenden and Mixenden Initiative) and C Webster (Together Housing).|
|Northowram and Shelf||Cllr S Baines, Cllr P Caffrey, Cllr R Taylor, T King (Ovenden and Mixenden Initiative), C Organ (Local Resident) and S Crossley (Local Resident)|
|Ovenden||Cllr A Collins, Cllr B Smith, Cllr H Rivron, C Webster (Together Housing), D Eyres (Local Resident), K Scanlon (Ovenden and Mixenden Initiative) and D Eyers (Local Resident)|
|Warley||Cllr J Baker, Cllr A Evans, Cllr A Parsons-Hulse, J Maudsley (Mount Tabor Community Association), P Tait (Local resident), I Thompson (Friends of West View Park) and M Armstrong (Friends of St. Columba’s)|
Am I eligible to apply for a grant?
Anyone can make an application for a ward forum grant up to a maximum of £500 to any of the N&E ward forums.
Your project must be an activity or project that benefits the ward to which it applies.
In some cases applications have been refused because they don’t meet this principal, or they have been transferred to another ward for consideration.
It may also be possible to split funding across 2 wards as long as the total amount applied for does not exceed £500.
There is no restriction on how many times a group can apply within the year however priority will be given to new applicants.
Constituted groups should have a bank account in the name of the group so that if successful the money can be transferred to them.
Any applicants that do not hold a bank account can still apply, providing they can show how their project or activity will benefit the community. If their application is successful invoices will be paid directly by the Neighbourhood Team.
If you have any questions about the eligibility of your application, please give us a call on 0300 555 0266 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
When can I apply?
There will be 3 rounds of funding this year and you can apply to the fund at any point in the year.
- Round 1 open 13 July – 6 September 2020. Applications to go to panel group for decision week beginning 7 September.
- Round 2 open 14 September – 22 November 2020. Application to go to panel group for decision week beginning 23rd November.
- Round 3 open 30 November – 28 February 2021. Applications to go to panel group for decision week beginning 1st March.
If there is a good reason why you would require a grant before the closing date please contact us on 0300 555 0266. In exceptional circumstances the panel may agree to consider your application sooner if they agree that there is sufficient community benefit.
How do I apply?
Apply online here: https://halifaxnorthandeast.com/ward-forum-grants/apply/
If you would prefer to apply using a paper form, please give us a call on 0300 555 0266 or email email@example.com
Don’t let the form put you off! If you’ve got a good idea for something in your neighbourhood, give us a call on 0300 555 0266 ask to speak to Tony King or Rachael Henry and we’ll help.
I don’t live in North and East Halifax, how can I apply in my area?
For ward forum grants in other areas of Calderdale please contact your local Neighbourhood Officer:
- Halifax Central (Park, Skircoat, Sowerby Bridge, Town)– 01422 365948
- Lower Valley (Brighouse, Elland, Greetland and Stainland, Hipperholme and Lightcliffe, Rastrick) – 01422 288017
- Upper Valley (Calder, Luddenden, Ryburn, Todmorden) – 01422 244622
When will I find out if my application has been successful?
The grant panel will meet shortly after the round closes, and you should be notified of the outcome of your application within 1 month of the closing date.
If you have been successful you will receive an offer of the grant in writing. You should respond to this offer within 1 month.
As the grants are often over-subscribed the panel may decide to offer you less than the requested amount.
If your activity or project involves children or vulnerable adults the panel may ask about your arrangements for safeguarding. If necessary the panel may make an award conditional on proof that a group has an up to date safeguarding policy.
The panel reserves the right to reject an application where another local grant pot is more suitable.
What should I do if my application is unsuccessful?
If your application was unsuccessful the Neighbourhood Team will advise you on why it was declined by the panel.
The panel may also suggest alternate funding pots for you to apply to and the again the Neighbourhood Team will be available to support you with this.
What if I want to make a complaint?
Complaints about funding decisions should be addressed to Vicky McGhee – email firstname.lastname@example.org or post to Kevin Pearce Children’s Centre, Ovenden Road, Halifax, HX3 5RQ
Complaints about the administration of the Ward Forum grants process by the N&E Neighbourhood Team should be made to Calderdale Council.