About the Fund

The fund has a specific focus on providing support to a wide variety of community groups to make energy savings and carbon reductions.

Eligible Groups and activities

The types of groups that can apply are:

  • Constituted voluntary, community and faith groups run for and by local people (Note: Individuals cannot apply)
  • Registered charities and groups with charitable purposes working in Calderdale
  • Community Interest Companies (CICs) who do not, and cannot, pay dividends
  • Schools which are Academies (but not schools which are in Local Authority control).

Please read the CFFC guidance for additional guidance on eligibility.

Projects which could be supported under this brief include:

a) part or full funding for renewable energy installations, building refurbishments work such as LED lights, insulation, double glazing, improved lighting and heating controls and high efficiency boilers.

b) Fees relating to professional support needed for feasibility work/project payback/business case development are also eligible.

How to apply

Step 1 – Check that your group fulfils the eligibility criteria [HERE Link to Applying for a grant page]

Step 2 – Check that your group can provide all the documentation/information that will be required to support your application [HERE link to applying for a grant page]

Step 3 – Read guidance notes

Additional guidance. The “Over £1,500” application form asks particular questions relating to your project proposal. The guidance below is to show you where to put information to demonstrate you are meeting the criteria for this fund. These questions are in Section 2 of the Application form:

(a) How will you spend this grant to address the need in your area, bearing in mind the Vital Signs priorities? Please detail the project you intend to carry out, what type of energy project you want to do, and also refer to how the project relates to the Vital Signs theme around “Environment”, details of which are on the webpage for this fund [see page 73-80 HERE]

(b) Please explain how you know that the people in your community want this project/activity and what evidence have you collected to demonstrate this, bearing in mind the Vital Signs priorities? Please detail the evidence you have that this project will save energy and reduce the carbon footprint.

(c) What positive changes would this grant make to the lives of people who use your project/service? Please detail how you think this project will make a positive improvement for the people and community you work with.

(b) Please explain how you know that the people in your community want this project/activity and what evidence have you collected to demonstrate this, bearing in mind the Vital Signs priorities? Please detail the evidence you have that this project will save energy and reduce the carbon footprint.

(c) What positive changes would this grant make to the lives of people who use your project/service? Please detail how you think this project will make a positive improvement for the people and community you work with.

(d) How do you see this project/activity progressing after this funding comes to an end or do you see this as a one-off project/activity? Saving energy will improve sustainability; please detail how you see this happening for your project.

For Section 3, which is about impact, please choose the “Environment” Vital Signs theme.

Step 4 – Before applying please read our Conditions of Grant Aid and PR and Communications Agreement. [Link to PR agreement].

Step 5 – 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, as 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 01422 349700.

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

Please note CFFC and CMBC are unable to recommend specific suppliers for the purchase of equipment etc under this fund.  However, we can provide guidance to help you:

a) Schools (and Academies). Although Friends Of School groups and Academies are potentially eligible for this fund, we would encourage them in the first instance to consider an application to Salix Finance, a government-backed organisation offering zero-interest loans. Salix has £25 million available for schools loans and no threshold for maximum loan amounts. Salix can offer zero-interest loans to any group where the energy bills are paid by the public sector. https://www.salixfinance.co.uk/ b) Eligible Technology. A wide range of technologies can be supported by this Fund as indicated by the list below. [Click HERE for the list Project Type PDF]. If you would like to seek funding for a technology not included on this list, please contact the scheme funders in advance of submitting your application to check that this will be acceptable.