THE deadline for entries to the Examiner’s £30,000 Community Cash Giveaway has now passed and the anxious wait has begun to find out who has got the money.
We have been inundated with entries from more than 100 community groups bidding for a slice of the money.
The £30,000 has come from the Government’s Grassroots Grants fund, which aims to help community groups improve their areas. The money is managed by the Community Foundation for Calderdale.
The 100 groups from Kirklees and Calderdale have applied for more than £70,000 from the fund.
A panel of judges now have the difficult task of trawling through entries to weed out groups that are ineligible and examine them against Grassroots Grants criteria.
Natalie Mitchell, marketing and development manager at CFFC, said she is confident that most of the groups who have applied will receive some level of funding.
She added: “The Community Foundation is so pleased to have received all of these applications.
“We are very excited about the event where we will award the money to these very deserving groups!
“We will be working hard over the next week or two to assess the applications and request further information from groups.”
Examiner editor Roy Wright added: “We are pleased so many groups have applied for money which could make a real difference to their members and local communities.”
The CFFC has been working with Voluntary Action Kirklees as well as the Examiner to encourage groups to bid.
Natalie added: “We are very grateful to Voluntary Action Kirklees for all of their support with this giveaway and the Grassroots Grants programme.”
The money from the £30,000 giveaway will be handed out at the end of March at a lunchtime presentation.
Grassroots Grants is part of a £130m nationwide drive to support voluntary groups and community projects.
Groups which benefit from funding must be run by volunteers, have been operating for 12 months and have an annual income of less than £20,000.
The Community Fund For Calderdale does not only deal with Grassroots Grants.
It also helps groups seek grant funding from many sources.
Groups which have previously been helped by CFFC include Huddersfield Town Disabled Supporters’ Club and Huddersfield MDF Bi Polar Self-Help Group, for people with manic depression and their carers.
The supporters’ group received £250, which they used to buy a TV and video for their headquarters in Almondbury. Organisations which have applied for money from the £30,000 giveaway include Crosland Moor-based Silver Stars Majorettes, who want to buy new equipment and enter competitions.
Birstall Woodturning Club applied for cash to buy a projector to help with their demonstrations and Almondbury Disabled Group bid for cash to buy a karaoke machine.