Local Projects Scoop £10,000 from Nearby Wind Farm
Seven local groups have been selected to receive grants through the
Reaps Moss Community Fund. These groups join a growing list of 18 other recipients who have benefitted from the Fund since its launch in 2016.
Bacup Natural History Society and Museum (BNHSM) received this year’s largest grant of £3,194 to repair their roof. Maurice Priest, Deputy Chairman BNHSM commented: “I am absolutely delighted that our application for funding towards much needed repairs to our very old premises has been successful. With our fully repaired roof in position, we can look forward to withstanding all that the Pennine elements can throw at us much more effectively than previously.“
Other local groups also able to deliver services and make improvements to their facilities thanks to grant support were Bacup Cricket Club, Disability Support Calderdale and Bacup Royal Court Theatre (BRCT).
Stephen Woods, Theatre Director BRCT commented: “On behalf of BRCT I would like to say a huge thank you to Reaps Moss Wind Farm for their generous donation to the theatre lighting proposal. This will enable the theatre to upgrade to a more contemporary theatre lighting desk and also purchase additional LED stage lighting. This will provide a much needed resource that will enhance the audience experience and reduce the theatres electric bills. The resource will directly benefit the three resident amateur dramatic groups and provide an additional loan facility for other local groups. The generous offer will further complement the current theatre refurbishment programme.”
The Fund also awarded grants towards upcoming local events. Celebrating the news they had secured grant support were Stacksteads Countryside Park
Group who will deliver their ‘Afternoon Fun!’ project in Stacksteads Riverside Park on Saturday 17th August, and Bacup Pride who run the now annual Bacup Flowerpot Festival.
Pat Smith, Chair of Bacup Pride commented: “With this funding we will be able to provide making workshops which are such an integral part of the Bacup Flowerpot Festival, but which are also the main expenditure. The workshops give people the confidence to make their own entries, but more importantly it gives them the opportunity to meet with other people and have fun. Once the Flowerpots are in place the trail leaflets encourage everyone to discover all of the entries giving families a reason to get outside, walk around the town and outlying areas…and all for free!”
Last but not least, local group The Britannia Coconut Dancers of Bacup (BCDB) were also supported with a grant of £1,000 to replace musical equipment. Luke Copper Treasurer, BCDB commented: “The Reaps Moss Community Fund, are very fast at making decisions and the effort that goes into helping fund projects for local community groups helps the community as a whole.”
The funding for the Community Fund is provided by Reaps Moss Wind Farm which is managed by independent investment firm, Vantage Infrastructure, with support of Partnership for Renewables. The Fund distributes £10,000 annually over the 20 – 25 year lifetime of the Wind Farm. 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 national charity GrantScape.
For a full list of all the groups which have received support through the Fund, please 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 19 February 2020.