New Community Fund Awards First Grants

New Community Fund Awards First Grants

hastingslogoTwo highly deserving local projects are celebrating being awarded grants through the new Reaps Moss Community Benefit Fund.

Stubbylee Park in Bacup has been awarded £5,000 to give the duck pond a new lease of life and attract more visitors to this already popular attraction. This project is also receiving monies through Rossendale Borough Council. Works will be delivered this year so the local communities will see a real benefit from the Fund before too long.

Improving the duck pond is one of the elements of the Stubbylee Park Masterplan which looks to revitalise the entire site.

Councillor Jackie Oakes commented: “I’m delighted that we’ve been awarded this grant, which will be matched with Section 106 money from developments in Bacup. The park is a great asset to the Borough and Officers and Councillors are working hard to identify funding for all the improvements that residents have requested. It may take time but we’re confident we’ll succeed.”!

The other successful application came from The School of Natural Building, a local not-for-profit Community Benefit Society. The group are working with Straw Works Limited who specialise in natural building design and techniques. The ultimate aim of the project is to use the latest straw bale building techniques to create a new community hotel and hub in Todmorden. A grant of £5,000 from the Fund will give this project the boost it needs to get plans prepared and ‘lay the foundations’ to turn this innovative idea into a reality.

Barbara Jones from the School of Natural Building said: “This is an exciting opportunity for the people of Todmorden to be able to learn to build their own community hotel. We hope that we can build on Rose Street, but the design could be built on any of the derelict sites in Todmorden – changing an eyesore into a showcase for our innovative town. This funding enables us to complete the first stage of design”.

Monies for the Community Fund are provided by Hastings Funds Management UK (Hastings) who manage the Reaps Moss wind farm which is located on the moors between Bacup and Todmorden. This annual Fund will distribute £10,000 each year for the expected 20-25 year lifetime of the wind farm.

Groups located in Todmorden and the Irwell, Greensclough and Stacksteads wards of Bacup can apply for amounts between £250 and £5,000.

Groups wishing to make an application can do so using a simple online application form which can be found by clicking below:


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.