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We harness the generosity of individuals, families and businesses to support our community and thousands of local people in need. Each year we award up to £1m. Click here to read our impact report.

Philanthropy is an important part of our community infrastructure. This is especially true in times of austerity when communities are unlikely to have access to all the funding they need. Local philanthropy plays an essential role in strengthening communities and connecting philanthropists with important causes that they are passionate about and also make a significant difference. Here are a few of our most recent projects:

Tackling Isolation and Loneliness

In Calderdale 17,688 older people are ‘sometimes’ lonely and 6,367 older people are ‘always or often’ lonely.

With so many local people affected we have taken the decision to invest £150,000 in local voluntary sector projects, which aim to tackle isolation across three themes: Befriending, Access, and Micro-commissioning services. Seven delivery partners have been commissioned to deliver this work.

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Todmorden Mental Health Project

Community Foundation for Calderdale and Calderdale NHS have invested £150,000 in a Todmorden mental health commission which aims to support those affected by the flooding experienced in the Calder Valley on Boxing Day 2015.

The commissioned charitable organisation is providing services that will improve the mental health and wellbeing of Todmorden residents.

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Tackling Homelessness

Our annual socio-economic research identified that homelessness is once again on the increase nationally, and the signs are that trends in Calderdale reflect this national picture. Homelessness acceptances to Calderdale Council have risen by 29.6%.

Because of these findings we took the decision to award a strategic grant of £20,000 per year for three years to Calderdale SmartMove, to enable the charity to increase its capacity, and help tackle the rising issues of homelessness locally.

Community Foundation for Calderdale is award winning: