Reaps Moss Community Fund Awards Grants Totalling £10,000

Reaps Moss Community Fund Awards Grants Totalling £10,000

Nine local groups have been selected to receive grants through the Reaps Moss Community Fund. These groups join a growing list of nine other recipients who have benefitted from the Fund since its launch in 2016. Alf’s Blackbelt Academy (“ABA”) received this years largest grant of £2,000 to create a fitness suite at their club base in Stacksteads.

Nigel Fagg, ABA Secretary commented: “We at ABA are pleased to hear of the award of this grant from the Fund. This will allow us to improve the facilities at our academy by enabling us to create a fully equipped fitness suite and to upgrade the training options for all our students.” Other projects being supported include the Bacup and Stacksteads Carnival Organisation (“BSCO”) and the Stacksteads Countryside Park Group (“SCPG”).

BSCO received a grant of £1,000 from the Fund which contributed to the cost of their annual carnival. This year’s procession was the 99th annual celebration and the grant contributed towards the cost of the main stage which hosted a variety of acts including dancers to cheerleaders. Catherine Watson-Levack, BSCO Chairman commented: “BSCO is pleased to have received this grant from the Fund to support our 2018 event in Moorlands Park. This grant has contributed to the efforts of our small committee to ensure the success of this year’s event.”

SCPG received a grant of £1,000 from the Fund towards their annual lantern Parade which which takes place in October. SCPG Trustee commented: “We are pleased to be awarded this grant. Our residents thoroughly enjoy the Lantern Parade. Our event is currently in its fourth year, and we are finding that grant funds are becoming more competitive. This award will make a significant difference to the scale of the event that we can organise this year and will be much appreciated by everyone who takes part.”

In addition to the Lancashire recipients above, several groups in Yorkshire were also awarded grants. This includes the Todmorden Information Centre Trust (“TICT”) which received £700 to update their IT systems. Jacqui Matthews, TICT Manager commented: “We are pleased to receive this grant from the Fund which will allow us to update our technology at the Centre. This update will enable us to become more efficient in our dealings with customers and suppliers as well as helping our partner organisations such as Todmorden Hippodrome, Todmorden Orchestra and Todmorden Choral Society. TICT has just celebrated its 30th anniversary and is looking forward to facing the next 30 years with future proofed technology!”

Other grant recipients include the Stacksteads St Joseph’s Amateur Football Club, the Stacksteads Methodist Church, the Upper Calder Valley Renaissance Project and Disability Support Calderdale. Please click here for details about all of the grants awarded.

The Fund is provided by Vantage Infrastructure, an independent investment firm, which manages the Reaps Moss wind farm with the support of Partnership for Renewables ( The Fund distributes £10,000 annually over the 20 – 25 year lifetime of the project. Groups located in the Fund’s specified funding ‘zone’ which covers Todmorden and the Greensclough, Irwell and Stacksteads wards of Bacup, can apply for grants of between £250 and £5,000.

The next application deadline is in February 2019.

For full details about the Fund and how to apply, please click below:

Groups can also contact Fund Manager, Liz Payne directly on 07963 987653 if they would like to discuss a potential project or require assistance in making an application.