Eligibility Criteria

The criteria below apply to most of our grants. There may be additional criteria for some of the programmes we manage for other grant making bodies, in which case, those additional criteria are shown at the bottom of the page alongside the name of the programme.

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
Community Interest Companies (CICs) who do not, and cannot, pay dividends

For grants up to £1,500 applicants should be either:

  • new organisations wanting to set up,
  • and/or wanting to pilot/trial new ideas and projects;

For Grants over £1,500 applicants should be existing organisations who want to either:

  • to develop new or
  • continue existing projects (with clear development and additionality)

Funding Priorities for all general grants

We will fund applications which will contribute to our strategic priorities, these are:

  • Homelessness and Housing,
  • Poverty and Disadvantage,
  • Community Cohesion.

What We Cannot Fund

  • General appeals
  • Retrospective applications (i.e. the funding of activities that have already taken place or the repayment of money that has already been spent)
  • Projects that would normally have been funded from statutory sources (e.g. Calderdale CMBC, the local Education Authority, Social Services or Central Government).
  • Religious activities or projects that promote religion, although we may fund activities carried out by faith groups for wider community benefit.
  • Political activities.
  • Projects where the main beneficiaries are animals.


Documentation needed:

  • Constitution or set of rules/Governing Documents
  • Safeguarding policies (vulnerable adults/children) if appropriate
  • Equalities Policy
  • Copy of audited/inspected Accounts
  • Bank statements
  • Committee members contact list
  • Conditions of grant aid signed

Conditions of Grant Aid.

1. CFFC will provide the sum in the offer letter on the condition that the ‘project’ complies with every term of this Agreement.

2. The ‘project’ must use the grant for the purposes outlined in the application form, subject to any conditions detailed in the offer letter. If any of the conditions specified are not fulfilled then CFFC may require all or part of the grant to be repaid. All expenditure will pertain specifically to that agreed and no expenses, not directly incurred by the ‘project’, will be paid for and no inappropriate purchases will be made from the ‘project’ funding.

3. Only equipment and assets detailed and approved in the application form and during the application process can be purchased. An ‘Assets Register’ supplied by CFFC must be completed and returned by all ‘projects’ of more than £500, within the timescale stated.

4. The grant will be awarded on the basis of information supplied to CFFC during the application process. If any of this information is subsequently found to be misleading, inaccurate or false then CFFC reserves the right to receive back, in full, the monies awarded.

5. You must not use the grant for any other purposes without our prior agreement. If the ‘project’ is unable to spend the grant as agreed, the ‘project’ must contact CFFC to discuss amending the funded ‘project’. Only variations that conform to purposes similar to the original application will be agreed and any variation of use must be confirmed in writing by CFFC. If any change of use is effected without seeking CFFC’s consent, the grant may be withdrawn.

6. The ‘project’ is required to return a completed evaluative report within six weeks of the completion of the ‘project’. Failure to do this, or to notify CFFC of any delay, may render the ‘project’ ineligible for future grants. Some ‘projects’ will in addition receive a more detailed monitoring exercise or visit.

7. Grants for the purchase of equipment, improvements to facilities or short-term projects are expected to be spent within twelve months, or as specified in the guidelines. Longer term awards will be within a period agreed with CFFC, and subject to an agreed monitoring and evaluation process.

8. The ‘project’ must inform CFFC if it receives funding from another source for the ‘project’ specified. CFFC will not pay for expenses that have already been paid for or agreed to be paid by another source.

9. The ‘project’ must maintain appropriate accounting records. All transactions relating to the ‘project’ must be clearly identified, payments should be made by cheque and cash payments should only be made in exceptional circumstances.

10. If the ‘project’ suspects any fraud or misappropriation of funds, within the organisation/’project’, during the life of the project then it must contact CFFC immediately.

11. The ‘project’ must retain all receipts of expenditure related to the grant, for six years. These must be submitted to CFFC on demand and/or at the end of the funded ‘project’. All evidence of expenditure will be returned to the ‘project’.

12. CFFC shall be permitted to examine and/or arrange for an external independent audit of the ‘Project’s accounts and any other relating documents at any reasonable time. The project shall furnish oral or written explanations of the accounts if required.

13. The ‘project’ will return the, fully completed, evaluation form at the end of the project and be prepared take part in CFFC evaluative events.

14. The ‘project’ will be requested to send CFFC its annual accounts or financial report to its management committee, for the financial year in which the project took place.

15. The Foundation will, under no circumstances, be liable for any damage, injury or loss of any kind whatsoever to any property or persons occurred as a result of activities paid for with this grant.

16. Projects working with children and/or vulnerable adults must ensure that they have carried out the necessary checks, through the Criminal Records Bureau, on their paid and volunteer staff and ensure that relevant policies are adhered to.

17. The project will provide a safe environment for people working in it, both paid and volunteer staff and all those using its facilities and carry out relevant risk assessments to ensure their safety.

18. The project will ensure that all necessary permits and licenses have been obtained for any event or project funded by the grant and that the event or project complies with all relevant regulations.

19. During the life of the funded project you must seek approval from CFFC to sell or dispose of assets purchased with the period of the project and any assets sold must be detailed on the Asset Register together with details of the sale. Disposal of assets following the completion of the project must adhere to the practice set our in your constitution.

20. The grant is made on a ‘one off’ basis and does not carry any commitment to future funding.

21. CFFC may reserve the right for the return of the balance of any grant not spent after this period. Any unforeseen circumstances, which do delay a grant being spent, will be taken into account and support given where appropriate.

22. The project shall comply with any legal and insurance obligations that may be relevant in order to carry out the scheme, such as planning, licensing, employment, health and safety, and equal opportunities legislation and public liability and employers’ liability insurance as well as specific insurance requirements.

23. The Foundation is committed to involving all sections of the community. We expect projects to seek realistic ways in which they can make their services available to everyone, especially those who may find it difficult to join in.

24. CFFC is here to support the local voluntary sector through its grant making. To help us ensure that our donors want to continue their funding we must work together to help our donors feel their contribution is making a difference to the voluntary sector. CFFC support must be acknowledged in any press releases or publications produced by your group. (CLICK HERE SEE REQUIREMENTS HERE)

25. The ‘project’ accepts that by returning this form permission is given under the Data Protection Act 1998 to have ‘project’ and contact details registered on the CFFC database. CFFC may give this information to other funders and community training organisations offering services and events that will help the ‘project’ to achieve is aims. CFFC will not give or sell ‘project’ contact details to any marketing or retail companies.

26. If the ‘project’ breaches any terms of this Agreement CFFC may serve, on the project, a notice in writing to terminate this Agreement instantly and reclaim from the ‘project’ all or part of the sums paid.

CFFC is committed to equal opportunities both in the provision of services and as an employer. The project shall ensure that it promotes equality of opportunity to all sections of the community in its service delivery, its internal employment and management practices, and in its dealings with any partners or contractors.

Payment will only be made subject to the project complying with any conditions outlined in the offer letter. The chair and the treasurer of the Project’s management committee as authorised for this purpose by the management committee shall signify their acceptance of these terms by signing and returning this Agreement.

Any sums advanced under this Agreement will remain the property of CFFC until expended on the purpose(s) for which they are provided.