Calderdale Community Asset Fund

Calderdale Community Asset Fund

This grant fund has been created to support VCSE organisations in Calderdale to manage community assets. It is open to VCSE organisations in Calderdale who currently own or manage community assets, or are going through the community asset transfer (CAT) process.

Grants of up to £3,000 per organisation are available for costs required to support the operation and management of assets.

What will we fund?

The fund supports groups with any vital capital or revenue funding to contribute to the successful management of their asset. Examples of eligible costs include (but are not limited to):

  • Professional advice
  • Technical surveys
  • Urgent or unforeseen costs relating to building / health and safety
  • Inclusivity / accessibility related works or advice e.g. accessibility audits/ adjustments
  • Small capital works such as unforeseen / urgent repairs
  • Specialist maintenance plans
  • Specialist consultancy that cannot be delivered through current VCSE support locally
  • Technical expertise in preparing their business case.
  • Feasibility studies
  • Training costs related to the successful management of community assets or organisational sustainability
  • Energy saving measures.
  • Running costs – this is ringfenced for early stage CAT groups or organisations in crisis and is capped at £1,000 per organisation.

Eligibility and Terms

  • The group must be an incorporated VCSE organisation and have a bank account. The only exception to this is if you have been formally invited to submit a business plan following a successful EOI for a Community Asset Transfer (CAT) by Calderdale Council. In this case we will accept applications from unincorporated groups, but they must show evidence that they are linked / accountable organisation to hold the funding and that they have approval from Calderdale Council to prepare a business case for a CAT.
  • All applications must include a quote from the supplier with evidence of scope of work, timescales, and day rate. The day rate cap is £600 +VAT.
  • Grants can be used to contribute to larger pieces of work, but you must show how you intend to meet the additional costs over the max £3,000 available from this fund.
  • Funded work should be completed by 31st March 2026.
  • A final report with evidence of the work completed and invoice must be submitted to evidence the grant expenditure. Any underspend must either be applied for reallocation or returned.
  • Eligible work under this fund is specialist and technical work that cannot be provided by the VSI Alliance (including Locality and WYCAS).
  • All applicants need to supply their governing document, bank account information and list of policies before award is made. The panel may also request additional information from applicants to assess eligibility.
  • Organisations can apply for up to a maximum of £3,000 from this fund – this can be split into multiple applications over the life of the fund.

In some exceptional cases an award of over £3,000 may be made. This will be determined on a case-by-case basis and will require additional assessment criteria. If you think you have an exceptional or urgent case, please contact Cassandra Walker or Faye Calvert

Deadlines / timescales:

The grant programme will remain open until March 2025 or until all funds are committed (which may be before that date).

Grant panels will be held around the 15th of every month. The cut off for applications to be considered at those meetings is the last day of the preceding month. For example, applications received from 1st – 31st July will be assessed on/around 15th August. We aim to notify applicants of the outcome within 10 working days of the date of the grant panel.

Please contact Cassandra Walker or Faye Calvert if you have any questions or challenges with completing your application.

The assessment panel may seek further information to determine the outcome of your application, they will make contact with you to request this.

How to apply

Please check eligibility and then complete the application form:

Please e-mail Cassandra Walker or Faye Calvert once you have completed the application to confirm it has been submitted.

The application requires you to answer a series of questions and upload supporting documents. The documents required are:

  • Your governing document
  • Quote from the supplier with evidence of scope of work, timescales, and day rate. The day rate cap is £600 + VAT.