Community groups apply now: Bright Ideas Fund is open!

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The Bright Ideas Fund is OPEN! 

Round two of the Community Business Bright Ideas Fund is now open!

The Bright Ideas Fund aims to give your community group the support and tools you need to set up a community business.

The £1.85 million, two-year programme is already helping groups get their bright NEW ideas for a community business up and running, through a programme of tailored community business development support and early stage finance of up to £20,000.

Community business are businesses that are locally rooted, accountable to the local community, will benefit the local community and have a broad community impact. If your business idea sounds like it could be a community business, then this fund is for you!

Round two applications will be accepted until the 31 May 2017 from organisations in England only.

There will be additional funding rounds in September 2017 and February 2018.

For more information click here


Volunteering in Calderdale Council, gain new skills and meet new people…

Volunteering can help your personal development and help you gain new skills, increase confidence and improved future employability. We have lots of exciting opportunities within the Council, including being a tour guide at Todmorden Town Hall, Library Ambassadors, even gardening. Take a look at our current opportunities here: Volunteering opportunities.

Be your own boss – Calderdale ‘Start Your Own Business’ advice sessions throughout December

‘Start Your Own Business’  Drop In Sessions – December 2016

Can’t find a job or ever wondered how you could become self-employed/ start your own business but don’t know where to start or who to contact?  Why not check out the start-your-own-business-drop-in-sessions-calderdale-council-dec-2016 sessions run by Eric Binns from Calderdale Council’s Business Support Team.  Whether you are unemployed or employed, you are welcome to attend any session at any location and if you can’t make it to any of the sessions and would still like to talk to someone, please contact Eric on 01422 392222 or 07702 925493.