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Grants available for community groups

Wednesday, 14 November 2018

Handmade Parade

Each year Hebden Royd Town Council welcomes applications from community and voluntary groups, charities and non-profit making organisations, to apply for a financial grant from the Council’s community funding budget to support projects, activities and events that benefit the residents of Hebden Royd.

Each year, the Council chooses an area of particular interest. This year’s theme is Young and Old, focusing on those at each end of the age spectrum, and considering projects that will provide resources for those groups. 

Sue Fenton, chair of the Community Funding Committee, said, “Having served on this committee for over a year I have been amazed and delighted by the wonderful volunteer projects, large and small, which have asked for support from the council. So many people give of their time for the benefit of the community, and it is a privilege to be able to support them.

“This year we are especially looking for projects which provide activities for the older and the younger people in our community - even better if the project combines the two!”

Some of those awarded funding in 2017/18 included, Hebden Bridge Local History Society, Steepfields Allotments and Leisure Gardeners, Hebden Bridge Brass Band, Calder Valley Youth Theatre, Stubb Playingfield Association, the Mytholmroyd Gala, Calder Valley Land Trust, Hebden Bridge Cricket Club, Hebden Bridge Handmade Parade, the Ground Floor Project and Happy Valley Pride amongst others.

Vicky Garrod, vice chair for Calder Valley Youth Theatre, said, “The local children who attend Calder Valley Youth Theatre have benefitted enormously from Hebden Royd Town Council’s ongoing support. Every year over 50 local children attend our group regularly.

“CVYT is run solely by volunteers & all income is generated from the Society’s own fundraising efforts, donations & grants. Hebden Royd Town Council is CVYT’s biggest grant provider. The Council’s generosity makes a real difference to what we can offer our members.”

She added, “The grant application process is easy too. Far less complicated and time consuming than many, which is a relief when all involved have day jobs! We like the opportunity to meet & present our request to the Community Funding Committee in person. I go every year and I’ve always found everyone on the committee to be very welcoming and interested in what we do.

I would urge any local community group to take up the opportunity and put in an application to Hebden Royd Town Council for some assistance with funding.”

Completed applications for small grants under £500 will be submitted to the next meeting of the full council on a rolling basis. Completed applications for large grants over £500 will be submitted to the next available meeting of the Community Funding Committee. The submission deadlines for this are: 1st December 2018, 1st February and 1st April 2019.

Need help with your funding applications? You will find us friendly, approachable and interested in all the many and varied activities going on in the Hebden Royd area. If you are unsure whether your group or project is eligible to apply, please contact the Town Clerk, Jason Boom  on 01422 842181, or e-mail for an informal chat, and to discuss your application.

You can also visit the Community Funding section on the Town Council Website for grant criteria and application forms.