What is the process for applying for a grant?

Who Can Apply?

  • Constituted voluntary, community and faith groups run for and by local people (Note: individuals cannot apply)
  • Registered charities and groups with charitable purposes working in Calderdale (including Charitable Incorporated Organisations, IPS etc)
  • Community Interest Companies (CICs) who do not, and cannot, pay dividends (see Eligibility page for further criteria for CiCs and Social Enterprises)
  • Community Amateur Sports Clubs (CASCs) whose Governance documents include a clear community benefit clause, open membership and an asset lock.

Step 2

Browse our Open Grants

If you meet our basic eligibility requirements, check out our Open Grants to see what we’re currently accepting applications for, eligibility criteria for each grant programme and deadlines.

We are continually working to develop and secure new funds for the benefit of local community organisations, so the grants we have available will change throughout the year.

Step 3


This is your chance to tell us more about your project and why it meets the criteria for the grant programme.

  • Each of our grant programmes have different criteria and an online application form you will need to complete; these can be found on the individual grant pages.

Step 4


Our Grants Team will review applications to carry out the following due diligence checks:

  • Are the finance and governance documents in good order?
  • Does your organisation and project meet the priorities of the grant programme?
  • Does your group have the capacity to deliver the project?
  • What is your track record in delivering similar projects?
  • Does the project make sense in terms of what you want to do and when?
  • Does the budget look reasonable?

We may contact you if more information is needed to support your application.

Step 5


Our Grants Panels, which are made up of independent experts, and our Trustee Board decide whether to give the project a grant or not, based on the application and our initial review.

The panel will usually meet within 12 weeks of the grant programme’s application deadline.

Step 6


If the application is approved by the panel, the grant is awarded. The outcome of your application will usually be emailed to you within 12 weeks from the application deadline.

If you are successful, we will email you with:

  • A Funding Agreement to sign and return to us
  • A promotion toolkit with our logos to use
  • Your monitoring form with instructions on what is required.

Applicants who are unsuccessful will be notified of this decision along with any available feedback that has been provided by the panel members. A number of our programmes are oversubscribed, so an unsuccessful application could simply be due to lack of available funding.

Step 7

Grant Awarded

If you are successful in your application and meet any conditions we have made, we will require the following before payment can be made:

  • A signed copy of the Funding Agreement
  • A signed copy of the PR Agreement.

Step 8

Your Project

You can now get going with your project. Make sure you look at our How to acknowledge your grant page. All applicants are required to use the provided fund logos within any promotional literature, websites or media activities.

We always welcome photos, quotes or updates along the way and can help spread any stories across our social media channels. Email Emma@cffc.co.uk for help with this.

If you encounter any problems delivering your project, please do tell us when they occur.

Step 9

Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning

Throughout the duration of the grant, we work with the organisations we fund to monitor and evaluate their work. This helps to ensure you achieve what you set out to do and helps us to provide evidence of impact when working to secure new funds.

If you do not return us your monitoring forms by the deadline given, this may affect the outcome of any future applications.