If you want to join a fun and great team (even if we do say that ourselves!) and make a difference to the lives of people living in Calderdale, you might want to apply for a role with us.

Last year we gave out nearly £2 million in grants to local Not-for-profit organisations that address a wide range of issues and it’s a great feeling to be part of the solution.

Current Vacancies

Marketing Officer

Database and Digital Student Intern

Communications & Event Student Intern

2022/23 is a key financial year for us, having last year celebrated or 30th anniversary. Over the last 30 years we have distributed over £30m to charities and community groups in Calderdale. Despite our considerable achievements, we are more ambitious than ever, as there is still a huge amount to do to tackle inequality and hardship within the Borough. This role of Office Coordinator is a key part of our future strategy in professionalising the office environment and realising a desire to move towards a paperless environment.

CFfC is highly respected by the business, statutory and third sectors in Calderdale. A key role for us is helping to shape positive change locally. We are at the forefront of research into what is most needed to improve the lives of Calderdale residents and ensuring grants are distributed to those best placed to make a positive impact. We have first-hand experience of local issues and the work of community groups and charities that are helping to provide innovative solutions to tackle them.

Our very strong links with private individuals and the business sector have enabled us to generate significant income to support our community investment programme, which has directly and positively impacted on 1000s of lives in Calderdale.

About Community Foundations

Community Foundations make a difference by bringing together local philanthropists with dynamic local organisations who need funding and other resources.

Founded in the heart of local communities, each Community Foundation is unique, identifying local needs and mobilising local resources. We work with donors, large and small to make sure their gift has the greatest impact. This distinctive and personalised approach to philanthropy means many different kinds of donors use Community Foundations to manage their funds, including individuals, companies, charitable trusts and Government agencies.

The Community Foundation movement started in Ohio, USA, in 1914 and was based on the concept of ‘local help for local need’. Today there are 1,440 independent Community Foundations in over 50 countries across the globe. The first Community Foundation in the UK was established in 1975 and there are now 47 independent UK foundations. UK Community Foundations (UKCF) is the national network linking, promoting, and supporting Community Foundations throughout England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, and Wales.

About Community Foundation for Calderdale

Established in 1991, our goal is to create a healthier, happier Calderdale where hardship and inequality are things of the past and where grassroots projects can blossom. We connect people who care with local causes that matter. We form partnerships between community groups that are making a difference and the people who wish to invest in a better future for our Borough.

CFfC currently focuses on providing grants, and more recently loans and grants/loans, to groups operating across Calderdale, prioritising specific geographic locations such as Rastrick and Todmorden and priority themes of homelessness, poverty, community cohesion, health, and wellbeing & climate emergency – the 5 key priorities for 2022/23.

We work closely with public sector bodies such as Calderdale Council and the Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and play a key role in helping to shape change locally; understand the Borough’s needs; focus on areas of most disadvantage; have first-hand experience of local issues and the work of community groups and charities that are helping to provide innovative solutions to tackle them.

Future grant making will be targeted using locally gathered data including the Indices of Multiple Deprivation (IMD) and the Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) which funnels numerous sources of Calderdale data across 10 core themes:

  1. Work 2. Fairness 3. Housing and Homelessness 4. Safety 5. Learning 6. Arts and Culture 7. Strong Communities 8. Environment 9. Healthy Living 10. Local economy

The data for the core themes is then analysed, interpreted and published. This data gathering combined with a community consultation and our local knowledge will enable us to specifically target grants to areas and themes most in need of investment.

We are a registered charity and company limited by guarantee with a board of 11 trustees/directors. We have approximately £13m invested in endowment and, each year, we distribute c. £1.5m of grants through a range of programmes. We are ranked in the top 10 of UK Community Foundations in relation to the size of our endowed funds per capita (£62 per head of population).

We currently have a team of nine, two fulltime and seven part-time employees (6.5fte). We are in the process of recruiting a full-time marketing officer which would take the team to 7.5fte.