Local Community Groups Share £43k Windfall

Local Community Groups Share £43k Windfall

Fifteen local groups are celebrating their selection to receive grants through the Crook Hill Community Fund. The latest deserving projects join a growing list of over 50 schemes which have received grant support since the Fund began in 2016.

This year’s individual grant awards ranged from £899 awarded to Whitworth Amateur Musical and Dramatic Society for a new sound desk, up to £6,120 awarded to The Friends of Whitworth Youth (FWY) for their project ‘Dads, Me and Tea’.

Sarah Al-Warfali, FWY Project  Leader commented: “We are very grateful to the Crook Hill Fund for funding us to expand our Dad’s, Me and Tea project, we are looking forward to more provision for Dad’s and their children to spend quality time together!”

Walsden Cricket and Bowling Club were also amongst those celebrating. Jon Green Chairperson at the Club commented: “The grant of £5K from the Crook Hill Community Fund is very welcome and will go a good way towards meeting our objective to make our club fully wheelchair accessible. It will also help to provide a much needed viewing platform for disabled people and spectators.”

Also delighted to hear their project had receive £2,000 through the Fund were Littleborough Brass Band. Ann Whittaker, Secretary and Treasurer of the Band commented: “This grant will make a huge difference to the players of the band and also to the local community. It will allow us to raise our profile, along with making community members proud of their village brass band who support many local and regional events and contests.”

Other projects being supported include The Friends of St Peter’s Church in Walsden, Whitworth Town Council, Littleborough Arts Festival, Whitworth Historical Society, Wardle Football Club, Calderdale Wellbeing, Rochdale (Whitworth) 41st Scout Group, Friends of Hare Hill Park, Disability Support Calderdale and Pennines in Bloom.

Stephen Curry, Chair of Upper Calder Valley Renaissance who were awarded £4,750 commented: “It was great to hear we had been successful in being awarded funding from the Crook Hill Community Fund towards our project at Bellholme Sports Ground, Walsden. As a venue that has been underused for many years we are working to refurbish it for wider practical community use. We also need a facility that will generate income to support the annual running costs. Thanks to Vantage Infrastructure the grant will help some way towards improving the social area of the club house which will provide a rentable space. It will also assist in improving the playing surfaces which have been allowed to lose much their sports grass content in recent years and to upkeep of pitch maintenance equipment.”

The funding for the Community Fund is provided by Crook Hill Wind Farm which is managed by independent investment firm, Vantage Infrastructure (www.vantageinfra.com), with support of Partnership for Renewables (www.pfr.co.uk). The Fund distributes £35,000 annually over the 20 – 25 year lifetime of the project. Groups located within a 5km radius of the wind farm can apply for grants of between £250 and £10,000. The Fund is being administered by national charity GrantScape.

A full list of groups supported through the Fund can be found here

Groups wishing to find out more about the Fund, please click here. The next application deadline is 12 February 2020.