CASH-STRAPPED groups in Rastrick are being urged to apply for ‘quick wins’ funding for community projects.

The town was awarded £1m from the Big Lottery Fund as part of its Big Local scheme.

But before groups can get cracking with accessing a share of the big pot, they can apply for funds from an additional £20,000 from Big Local to kickstart the scheme.

Big Local is being run by Local Trust, which is working with £200m from the Big Lottery Fund and a range of partners providing expert advice and support for residents who want to improve the community where they live.

Jason Middleton, chairman of Rastrick Big Local Steering Group, said: “We want to engage with the community and find out what they really want.

“We have £20,000 as a getting started fund and we are inviting Rastrick communities to apply for between £100 to £1,500, for things which we are calling ‘quick wins’.

“These are short time projects which can instantly improve the community.”

An event to launch the Big Local was hosted at Rastrick High School where groups and individuals were invited to learn more about the project.

Andrea Bloom, of Field Lane Residents Association who attended the meeting, said: “We have just come to find out a bit more about it and how you go about getting it.

“I think its a great idea to get the community together as you can share ideas and hear how other people have done things.”

Janet Bebb attended the meeting on behalf of Youth Routes, an organisation which works across Kirklees and Calderdale.

She said:“I have come to see how Youth Routes could apply for funding to host an event in Rastrick.”

Richard Badrock, president of Castlefields Golf Club said: “We want to look at ways to encourage younger people and women to become interested in golf.”

For more information go to ww.rastrickbiglocal.co.uk