Tod College is one of eight groups are celebrating securing much needed grant support as the Reaps Moss Community Fund announces its 2023 funding awards.
The local Reaps Moss Wind Farm has been providing funding through its Community Fund since 2016 and has just seen the 50th local project supported. The total shared by the 51 groups who have benefited now stands at a huge £90,000.
This year’s recipients share a windfall of £16,015. Scooping the largest individual grant this year is Bacup Royal Court Theatre who will use a £3,500 grant to update their sound equipment. Stephen Woods, Theatre Director said: “The grant will help support the purchase of much need sound equipment for our amateur shows to enhance the sound quality and audience experience – it also free up funds elsewhere enabling the theatre to remain viable.”
Securing £2,500 to upgrade their building is Todmorden Learning Centre and Community Hub Ltd. Julie Thorpe, CEO and Centre Manager said: “Todmorden Learning Centre and Community Hub is deLIGHTed to receive this funding from the Reaps Moss Community Fund. It will help us to install LED light fittings which will save both money and carbon emissions – making our Centre more sustainable to serve its community in the longer term. We are committed to the use of renewable energy sources and so we are really happy to receive this support from a local green energy producer.”
Other projects being supported this year are Willows Nook Equine Assisted Learning CIC, Todmorden Information Centre Trust, IMT Forever CIC, Stacksteads Countryside Park Group, Disability Support Calderdale and Calderdale Friends of Dorothy.
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 Bacup, can apply for grants of between £250 and £3,500. The Fund is being administered by national charity GrantScape.
A full list of all groups supported through the Fund can be found on GrantScape’s website (www.grantscape.org.uk).
Groups wishing to make an application can do so using a simple online application form which can be found on the GrantScape website www.grantscape.org.uk. 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 application deadline for the Reaps Moss Community Fund 2024 is 14 February 2024.