Thanking Calderdale’s amazing community groups

Thumbs-UpCalderdale’s community groups, which provide a vital lifeline for the most vulnerable, are being reminded to apply for grants from Calderdale Council and the Community Foundation for Calderdale (CFFC) to help them respond to COVID-19.

Many groups across the borough have already applied for the Emergency Community Support Fund, which the Council and the CFFC launched on 15 April 2020. They are working through the applications and encouraging other groups to take advantage of up to £1000 each.

The fund acknowledges the incredible efforts of the local community sector and aims to help keep essential services running during the pandemic. Click here for more details and the application form(external link). The fund is open to groups who don’t have bank accounts and / or constitutions – if they want to apply for grants but don’t have these, they can contact rob@cffc.co.uk for support.

The reminder to apply for funding comes as the Leader of Calderdale Council, Cllr Tim Swift, has written to all voluntary and community groups across the borough to thank them for their hard work during the pandemic.

The open letter acknowledges the financial challenges that the voluntary sector is facing, but highlights the huge difference it is making to so many people’s lives.

From getting help and advice to those who need it, and talking to people who are lonely, to ensuring struggling families have food to eat, the borough’s community groups are there to help. Their joint work with the Council, the NHS and other partner organisations is an amazing example of Calderdale’s kindness and resilience, at a time when it is needed most.

Coordinating the community response is point four of the Council’s 10-point plan which sets out its response to COVID-19.