Local Community Fund Reaches £50k Milestone

Local Community Fund Reaches £50k Milestone

Six local groups have been selected to receive grants through the Reaps Moss Community Fund taking the total amount awarded through the Fund past the £50,000 milestone.

The local Reaps Moss Wind Farm has been provided funding through its Community Fund since 2016 and this year saw the total awarded reach £52,378 marking a significant milestone in its 5 year history. The windfall has been shared by 31 projects all located in close proximity to the Wind Farm site.

Scooping the largest individual grant this year was Stacksteads Band who will use a grant of £3,300 to kick-start a multi-phased development plan to improve their Band Room. Specifically the windows and doors will be replaced and the gas and electricity meters will be relocated to facilitate the next phase of works.

Chris Faulkner, of Stacksteads Band commented: “We were thrilled to receive the grant from the Reaps Moss Community Fund. We are just setting out on a programme of improvements at the Band Room and this grant has given our fundraising the start it needed.”

Receiving this year’s smallest, though no less deserving grant, were the Friends of Centre Vale Park (FCVP). They will receive £415 to improve the memorial bench garden within the Park. Sarah Pennie, Secretary FCVP commented: “We were so pleased to be successful with our application to the Reaps Moss Community Benefit Fund for funding to buy the plants to create a garden area around Lizzie Freestone’s memorial bench.

So many volunteers wanted to help make Lizzie’s bench look good that we had to divide up into small groups to stay within the Covid guidelines. The area was a bit of a mess when we started but this is the sort of work we love doing. We can see that our work has already made a big difference.”

Other local groups also able to deliver services and make improvements to their facilities thanks to grant support were Cornholme and Portsmouth Old Library, CROWS, Disability Support Calderdale and The White Horse Project.

This year’s grant awards were made just as the Covid-19 crisis was unfolding across the world. To react positively to the situation, Reaps Moss Wind Farm which provides the money for the Fund has announced changes to next year’s eligibility criteria. The temporary changes for 2021 are that priority will no longer be given to groups able to provide match funding. This acknowledges the fact that that some groups will struggle to provide match funding at present due to the impact of Covid-19.

Liz Payne, Grant Director, GrantScape commented: “The Fund criteria change which is being made in response to the global Covid-19 situation, will help at a local level. The change although only minor will ensure groups already facing financial hardships aren’t deterred from applying for grant support.”

The funding for the Community Fund is provided by Reaps Moss Wind Farm which is managed by independent investment firm, Vantage Infrastructure (www.vantageinfra.com), with support of Partnerships for Renewables (www.pfr.co.uk). The Fund distributes £10,000 annually over the 20 – 25 year lifetime of the project. Groups located in the Fund’s specified funding ‘zone’ which covers Todmorden and the Greensclough, Irwell and Stacksteads wards of Bacup, can apply for grants of between £250 and £3,500. The Fund is being administered by GrantScape.

A full list of all groups supported through the Fund, click here

For full details about the fund and how to apply, please click here

Groups can also contact the Grant Team at GrantScape on 01908 247630 if they would like to discuss a potential project or require assistance in making an application. The next application deadline is 15 February 2021.