About the Fund

Before applying for a grant, you need to make sure that your application supports one of the priorities listed below.

Who can apply?

Group applications

  • Constituted voluntary, community and faith groups run for and by local people
  • Registered charities and groups with charitable purposes working in Calderdale (including Charitable Incorporated Organisations, Industrial and Provident Societies etc)
  • Community Interest Companies (CICs) who do not, and cannot, pay dividends. Additional criteria apply to CICs so please contact grants@cffc.co.uk for more details and to check potential eligibility before applying
  • College Departments
  • Community Amateur Sports Clubs (CASCs) whose Governance documents include a clear community benefit clause, open membership and an asset lock
  • Student-led groups


  • People intending to study at Calderdale College and learners already enrolled at College.

General requirements


All groups applying for grants must:

  • Intend to carry out projects or initiatives that directly benefit students studying at Calderdale College
  • Have a constitution or set of rules for their group
  • Have undertaken, or be planning to undertake, a risk assessment of the health and safety and other aspects of their project.
  • Provide evidence to support all the costs indicated in their application. Where a single item costs more than ₤1000 two quotations are required
  • Ensure that their services and activities are open and accessible to every student

External organisations applying must also:

  • Have their own bank account
  • Provide annual accounts
  • Have a written policy for safeguarding, children, young people and vulnerable adults
  • Have a written policy for equalities and diversity
  • Obtain authorisation to apply from a senior member of College staff before submitting an online application


  • Applications for individuals must support inclusion through support for individual learners in the form of scholarships for fees, educational materials etc

Who cannot apply?


  • Organisations whose purposes are not charitable
  • Companies limited by shares
  • Organisations who have not worked in partnership with staff at Calderdale College in the development of this project. Involvement of students is also encouraged.


  • Individuals who owe money to Calderdale College

How much can you apply for?

There is a total of £6,500 available for awards from the Fund 2019 – 2020.

The maximum grant for groups is £3,000 and the maximum for individuals is £1,000.

What will we fund?


Applications for groups must meet one or more of the following priorities:

  • Projects and initiatives that support the educational development and well-being both socially and from an educational perspective
  • College-based projects or initiatives that support health matters and healthy living
  • Educational attainment projects including lifelong learning

These can be a mixture of revenue and capital and grants should usually be spent within a 12-month period

Your application should show how you will contribute to the priorities above, in terms of outputs, (such as numbers of students engaged, numbers of students facing disadvantage who have been supported, etc).


  • Course fees
  • Course equipment (50% of costs)
  • Tools (50% of costs)
  • Specialist clothing (including sports clothing)
  • Other items at the discretion of the Education Fund’s Grants Panel

What can we not fund?

  • Costs of laptops, PCs etc as these are available at the College
  • General appeals
  • Retrospective funding – this includes activities that have already taken place or repayment of money that you have already spent
  • Projects which would normally be funded from statutory sources, e.g. Calderdale MBC, the Local Education Authority, Social Care NHS Calderdale or Central Government, or projects which are part of the standard curriculum of any course at Calderdale College
  • Religious activities or projects that promote religion. We will fund activities carried out by faith groups, but these activities must not have a religious element
  • Political activities
  • Projects where the main beneficiaries are animals
  • Projects which do not show measurable outcomes
  • Applications from groups which cannot demonstrate the involvement of staff and students of Calderdale College in their development
  • Items for learners who owe money to College

Application process


  • All applications from groups to be submitted by College, or in partnership with College staff, online. A link can be obtained by sending an email to grants@cffc.co.uk stating you wish to apply to Calderdale College Education Fund.
  • A member of the Grants Team may contact you contact to arrange a telephone assessment.
  • Applications are considered at least once each term and dates will be advertised on the Community Foundation for Calderdale website, cffc.co.uk . Applicants for group activities or projects may be invited to make a short presentation to the Panel.
  • Applications may be subject to a reference from an independent referee.
  • All applications are considered by the Calderdale College Education Fund Grants Panel
  • Applicants for group projects will be required to attend the Grants Panel meeting. They may be asked to make a brief presentation outlining their proposed project and answer any questions Panel member may have.
  • The CCEF Grants Panel may in certain circumstances make a conditional award of a grant. The grant can then only be paid when the specified conditions have been met. For example, a condition might be to supply further information or to amend the proposed budget.


Individuals must complete the online Individual Application form with a member of College Learner Services.

  • Applicants will need to give College staff proof of ID and low income (bank statements and wage slips)
  • Individuals will be notified by Learner Services is their application has been successful

If you are successful (groups)

Successful groups must ensure that they acknowledge the support of Calderdale College and Community Foundation for Calderdale in any publicity they arrange

  • Successful applicants must abide by the signed Conditions of Grant Aid.
  • Successful applicants must send their annual accounts or annual financial report showing the income and expenditure of the award where appropriate and when requested.
  • Successful applicants, will be required to complete an online project evaluation at the end of their grant. All receipts must be retained and scanned copies uploaded to the online evaluation report when the grant has spent.
  • Non-completion of this online evaluation will result in ineligibility of further grant aid from the

Calderdale College Education Fund and from the Community Foundation for Calderdale.

  • Individuals will be notified by Learner Services is their application has been successful and may be asked to complete an evaluation explaining how they have benefited from the course when they have completed it.

If your application is unsuccessful

You can appeal to the Education Fund Grants Panel if your application has been rejected and you want the Panel to re-consider. Full details of CFFC’s appeals process is on our website.

You must set out the grounds of your appeal, which should relate to the criteria and guidelines described in this document, within 10 days of receiving a rejection notification email or letter, and send these in writing to:

The Grants Manager by email to Grants@cffc.co.uk

Application deadlines and panel meeting dates 2019-20

Group applications – maximum award £3,000

Deadline for receipt of group applications

(Tuesday 3 December 2019 12 noon
for projects starting on or after 6 January 2020 )

Tuesday 10 March 2020
(for projects starting on or after 20 April 2020)

Tuesday 20 June 2020
(for projects starting after 1 September 2020)

Panel meeting & applicants’ presentations

Tuesday 17 December 2019

Tuesday 31 March 2020

Tuesday 14 July 2020

Individual learners’ applications – maximum award £1,000

Deadline for receipt of individual applications from Learner Services

Wednesday 11 December 2019 12 noon

Wednesday 18 March 2020 12 noon

For enquiries about group applications please telephone the grants team at CFFC on 01422 349700 or email grants@cffc.co.uk.  For enquiries about individual application please contact Calderdale College Learner Services.