Stronger Neighbourhoods and Culture Grants: Supporting Stronger Neighborhoods & Culture 2018-2021

Calderdale Council has launched two three-year strategic grants programmers for the voluntary sector for 2018-2021.

These grants have been agreed to fund key programmes of work to support Stronger Neighborhoods and Culture.  They replace our old grant schemes that supported some great cultural and community organisations between 2015 and 2018.  Evaluation report to follow.

The new grants schemes were revised to reflect the new PDFStronger neighbourhoods objectives [PDF 360KB] and PDFCultural objectives [PDF 361KB] that are in line with the Council’s Vision to be the Best Borough in the North.

The grants were agreed along with the overall structure of the programme, including priorities and grant funding allocations by Cabinet at its meeting of Monday 2nd October 2017. The Cabinet and minutes are available here:

Cultural Grants

To support projects that will deliver our vision for a vibrant and thriving cultural sector, which contributes to all aspects of economic and social wellbeing and enhances our sense of place.

Key facts:

  • The total available each year is £100,000
  • It has been an open programme scored against the Council’s PDFCultural objectives [PDF 361KB]. The programme is now closed following the full allocation of the fund.

Stronger Neighbourhoods Larger Grants

To support universal and preventative projects that will deliver our vision for strong neighbourhoods which contribute to all aspects of economic and social wellbeing and enhance our sense of place.

Key facts:

The following Cultural Grants have been awarded:

Organisation Activity 2018/19 2019/20 2020/21 Total

Square Chapel Centre for the Arts

To ensure arts and culture are accessible to all including the most disadvantaged and marginalised groups in society, running an outreach programme challenging and addressing social and cultural isolation. Creating opportunities for different generations and cultures to meet and mix. £70,000 £70,000 £70,000 £210,000

Hebden Bridge Arts Festival

To annually deliver the ‘Making Connections in Calderdale’ Programme throughout 2018-2021. To connect and collaborate with organisations and groups in Calderdale to ensure the delivery of a robust cultural offer.

£16,000 £16,000 £16,000 £48,000
Handmade Parade A new programme of work in Calderdale that sees Handmade Parade and Hebden Bridge Arts Festival collaborate on the emergence of new parade partnership, activity focused in the communities of Mixenden, Elland and Brighouse to support wider participation in the Arts across Calderdale. £14,000 £14,000 £14,000 £42,000





The following Stronger Neighbourhood grants were awarded:

Organisation Activity 2018/19 2019/20 2020/21 Total
Healthy Minds Culturally appropriate mental health education and support for BME community to raise understanding and challenge stigma of mental health. £20,601 £21,113 £21,635 £63,349
Christians Together Calderdale Provision of workers to deliver first step support into accessing services for some of the most socially excluded people in Calderdale; service users may have multiple issues such as homelessness, drug or substance abuse and mental health issues. 





Smartmove Voluntary coordinator running homelessness prevention workshops in schools, generating donations to the project and raising awareness, pre tenancy work with vulnerable groups, develop pathways to education and employment for service users. Further develop partnerships  





Centre at Threeways Volunteer programme growing the previous project at Threeways, to include a broader user group, young people/women in north Halifax, developing wider partnerships with YOT and local businesses, creating pathways into skills & employment





Barnardo’s Fund a part time member of staff to work with the LGBTQ young people's group Identity, to increase inclusive services in Calderdale, training ambassadors and role models within the community to champion the needs of LGBTQ young people. This worker will also carry out engagement and development work with the aim of putting in a bid to Big Lottery to continue the work that is being funded.





Total £108,268 108,321 £83,405 £299,994

For more information on the Voluntary Sector Commissioning programme for 2018-21 contact:

  • Username Grants Section
  • Email
  • Telephone 01422 392317
  • Address
    Grants & Voluntary Sector Commissioning
    Regeneration & Strategy
    2nd Floor
    Westgate House
    HX1 1PS