Support and Integration Fund

Support and Integration Fund Open Round February 2024

The Community Foundation for Calderdale has partnered with Calderdale Metropolitan Borough Council (CMBC) to launch the Support and Integration Fund February 2024. The fund’s strong emphasis on social cohesion as a way to reduce inequalities and welcome newcomers to our communities meets both funders’ vision to deliver change and transformation in the coming years.

This fund is focused on supporting all new migrants fleeing conflict and oppression who have come to Calderdale seeking safety. This could include asylum seekers and refugees of other nationalities.

What are the grants for?

 The overall aim of these grants is to make a safe and welcoming Calderdale for refugees and new migrants in the area. We are making community grants of £500 – £5,000 per grant available to defined voluntary sector organisations to enable local voluntary, community and faith sector groups to develop their skills and the support they’re able to provide to refugees and new migrants.

What sort of support? 

Integration support can include projects which will enable and encourage the following:

  • language development
  • Social connection
  • Cultural literacy and understanding of refuge seeking residents within host communities
  • Learning about the culture of the host community
  • Employment and life skills
  • Developing contact and understanding.
  • Bringing people from different backgrounds together with refugees and asylum seekers.
 
What is the aim of the community grants? How much funding is available?

The community integration grants are to enable locally-based community and faith organisations to help build the integration support they are able to offer to refugees and new migrants. This support might be anything from a safe, well-promoted local group for people in need to contact, an offer of befriending or to a local project to increase the community understanding and cohesion around migration issues. Organisations can apply for between £500 and £5,000 the grant can be used over 2 years a maximum of £5,000 can be applied for. We are looking for applications at both the lower and upper ends of these limits, and a total of £45,000 is available.

Will all successful applications be funded by the amount they requested?

Not necessarily. If you are successful with your application, you may not be awarded the full amount applied for. You should bear this in mind when putting your bid together.

 
Who can apply for a grant?

These grants are only open to the voluntary, community and faith sector in Calderdale. We will be looking for organisations that are run for the benefit of their members or service users, not to make money for the people who run them.

  • Check that your group fulfils the eligibility criteria https://cffc.co.uk/eligibility/
  • Check that your group can provide all the documentation/information that will be required to support your application, including:
  • Constitution or set of rules/Governing Document
  • Safeguarding policies (vulnerable adults/children) if appropriate
  • Equality and Diversity Policy
  • Copy of audited/inspected Accounts
  • Bank statements
  • Committee members contact list (for assurance purposes to demonstrate that a committee of local people is in place. This information is not kept by us once it has been reviewed)
  • If the organisation is a CiC or similar, we require a statement confirming that they meet the “Additional Criteria for Community Interest Companies (CiCs)”, which can be seen in the eligibility requirements.
  • PLEASE NOTE THAT IF YOU DO NOT HAVE ALL OF THESE DOCUMENTS, OR NEED HELP IN DEVELOPING THEM, LET US KNOW SO THAT WE CAN GET SUPPORT FOR YOU.
  • You can contact the VSI Alliance for support email info@vsialliance.org.uk
Can organisations with little or no experience of working with refugees and new migrants apply for a grant?

We welcome applications from orgs who have not previously worked with this client group but would give the stipulation that organisations bidding make concerted efforts to inform themselves of the needs and challenges of this client group to offer appropriate support.

Will there be training available on the issues facing new migrants for successful community grant applicants?

Yes, we would expect all community grant recipients to attend training to increase their understanding of integration and wider issues facing refugees and new migrants in Calderdale.

Please contact the Calderdale Valley of Sanctuary, https://calderdale.cityofsanctuary.org/ for support and to source training for your organisation.

How do these grants link to Calderdale being a Valley of Sanctuary?

We would expect all grant recipients to work closely with the Valley of Sanctuary to ensure local projects and organisations support the Valley of Sanctuary vision.

Calderdale Valley of Sanctuary has been launched as part of the City of Sanctuary movement, which is a committed to building a culture of hospitality and welcome, especially for refugees seeking sanctuary from war and persecution. These local groups from boroughs, towns and cities across the UK and Ireland work to create a culture of welcome across every sphere of society. Calderdale Valley of Sanctuary creates opportunities for relationships between local people and those seeking sanctuary, leading to greater understanding and support from the host community. A large part of the work is to ask organisations to sign a pledge supporting Calderdale Valley of Sanctuary and do something practical. This could be a number of things:

  • inviting someone from St. Augustine’s Centre to talk to your staff; myth busting and offering a real insight into what life is like for people seeking sanctuary
  • working proactively to ensure refugees and new migrants can access your services with minimal barriers
  • finding opportunities for refugees and new migrants to volunteer within your organisation, or get involved with your work in other ways
  • offering work placements or apprenticeships to refugees
  • becoming involved in the Valley of Sanctuary Steering Group

To find out more about the Calderdale Valley of Sanctuary visit their website  https://calderdale.cityofsanctuary.org/get-involved/become-a-member and their Facebook page

Application form

This is the link to the application form:

 
What is the timescale for grant applications?

The fund opens for applications on 1st February 2024.

All applications and supporting documentation must be received by 12 noon 15th March 2024.

How will the award decision be made?

Each application will be evaluated by Council officers and the Community Foundation for Calderdale Grants Panel

When will I know if my application has been successful? 

We will notify applicants about award decisions by 12th April 2024

Further information and guidance is available from:

Phone the Grants Team on 01422 349700

Email:

Kirsten Fussing           kirsten.fussing@calderdale.gov.uk

Rob Billson                    rob@cffc.co.uk

Danni Bailey                 danni@cffc.co.uk