Another Busy Year for the Crook Hill Community Benefit Fund

Another Busy Year for the Crook Hill Community Benefit Fund

2017 is proving to be a busy year for the Crook Hill Community Benefit Fund with 15 new groups receiving funding for their many
and varied community projects.

These highly deserving local projects fought off stiff competition to scoop their share of the £35,000 annual funding ‘pot’.

The Crook Hill Fund was launched in 2015 and already 28 groups have benefited sharing a combined total of £70,000.

Celebrating this year are Whitworth Sports Council who took the largest individual grant award of £10,000 to help transform Leavengreave Playing Field.

Now the cricket season is finished for the year, Walsden Cricket and Bowling Club will be installing a new kitchen in the pavilion thanks to a grant of £4,000.

The entire community of Whitworth will benefit from a grant of £1,878 which has contributed towards the cost of a Community Public Access Defibrillator at the Riverside to be used in times of cardiac crisis in the area.

Other groups in Whitworth sharing in the success were Whitworth Historical Society who will be improving their outdoor space, 1st Whitworth Guides who have purchased new camping equipment and Whitworth Playgroup who will be purchasing new outdoor sports and play equipment.

Whitworth Town Council has also received grant support to help deliver their Civic Sunday procession and annual Rushcart Festival over the summer and their St George’s Day celebrations in April 2018.

Pennines in Bloom has created a trail around Watergrove Reservoir with wooden animal carvings to discover along the route. They have been aided in their task by a grant of £1,800 and local school pupils who have helped decide which animals should be featured.

Littleborough also has a number of successful projects with the Coach House Trust, Ebor Studio Group, Friends of Harehill Park and Littleborough Arts Festival all securing funding for their schemes.

A full list of projects can be found here

Monies for the Community Fund are provided by Hastings Funds Management UK (Hastings) who manage the Crook Hill wind farm. This annual Fund distributes £35,000 each year for the expected 20-25 year lifetime of the wind farm.

Groups located within a 5km radius of the wind farm can apply for amounts between £250 and £10,000.

Liz Payne from GrantScape, said: “Since its launch in 2015 the Fund has proved to be incredibly popular and well received by the very active community network across this area. Once again the Fund has supported lots of interesting and deserving schemes. Let’s hope 2018 continues to be just as exciting!”

Groups wishing to make an application can do so using a simple online application form. For full details about the Fund and how to apply, please click here

Groups can also contact the Fund Manager, Liz Payne directly on 01282 543775 if they would like to discuss a potential project or need help making an application.

Even the smallest community group should not be put off from applying, Littleborough Coach House Trust commented: “The Trust found the process of applying for a grant to be straightforward. The forms were simple to understand and to complete. The information needed in order to submit an application was not onerous. GrantScape structures the grant application process in a manner which does not exclude or put-off smaller voluntary organisations.”

Groups have plenty of time to make an application as the next deadline isn’t until March 2018.