The General Grants Programme is funded with the income from our invested endowment.

Grants of up to £5k are available for projects to:

  • new organisations wanting to set up
  • and/or wanting to pilot/trial new ideas and projects
  • develop new projects
  • continue existing projects (with clear development and additionality).
  • and which meet out Vital Signs Priorities.

The Community Foundation has moved towards more strategic grantmaking. We are interested in funding projects which make a real difference to people’s lives and which impact on our strategic priorities, which are:

Homelessness and Housing,

Poverty and Disadvantage,

Community Cohesion.

Applicants are advised to read the Community Foundation’s Vital Signs report, hereOur research

The application forms ask you to show how you are contributing to these priorities. If your project does not contribute to these in any way it is unlikely that you will receive funding, in which case your application will be forwarded to our Fund Holders (donors) for their consideration; their decision is final.

How to apply 

Step 1 – Check that your group fulfils the eligibility criteria HERE

Step 2 – Check that your group can provide all the documentation/information that will be required to support your application, the details are HERE 

Step 3 – Read guidance notes  

Under £1500 Guidance Notes

 Over £1500 Guidance Notes

Step 4 – When you click the apply button, you will be asked to tick a box to confirm that you have read and understood the guidelines and then asked to enter your email address. When you have done so, click the proceed button at the bottom of the page next to where it says, “Send an email and continue”. Within a few seconds, an email will be sent to you – MAKE CERTAIN YOU SAVE THIS EMAIL – it contains a unique link which will take you to your individual application form. You can use the link at any time to get back to your form.

For guidance in completing the online application form please call the grants team on 014223 49700.

Please use the buttons below to apply, it is important that you complete your application on the correct form.

Please note your project must start after the expected date for decisions, estimated dates can be found here (this date can be anything up to 12 weeks after the fund closes for applications). We cannot retrospectively fund project. If you would like guidance on this please call the grants team on 01422 349700.

UPTO £1500   OVER £1500

If you have any questions please call our grants team 01422 349700.

You can also get help with your application from the Calderdale Voluntary Sector Infrastructure Support Service (VSI Alliance).