the Community Foundation for the people of Kirklees.

The Bright Green Community Trust Fund 2021

It's another exciting year to make an application to support your group or project! The Bright Green Community Trust is inviting voluntary groups and not-for-profit enterprises in the Holme Valley to apply for one large grant or, as in previous years, a smaller one of up to £3,000. The large grant is worth up to £10,000, which can be used to fund or part-fund a project that will make a significant impact in the Holme Valley. For example, this could be for solar panels, or car/bike charging points.

As last year, all applications must reduce carbon emissions.You will find links to examples of carbon reduction on this page. If you have successfully applied for a grant before you can apply again.

In addition members of HoTTWind who administer the funding for the BGCT are willing to help you think about what you want the money for and how much, as well as the effect you expect to achieve; to contact HoTTWind and discuss your project, please email: info@hott.org.uk. This is a great opportunity for your organisation to undertake something exciting in the Valley.

 

BACKGROUND

The Bright Green Community Trust (BGCT), was launched to provide grant funding for projects, across the Holme Valley Parish and the Graveship of Holme. This fund has been set up by HoTTWind@Longley Ltd, a community benefit society that operates a wind turbine which supplies green electricity to Longley Farm, near Holmfirth. The fund will ensure that the community wind turbine, whilst having obvious environmental benefits, will also provide significant benefits to local people. The BGCT Fund will be administered by One Community, the Community Foundation for Kirklees.

THE BRIGHT GREEN COMMUNITY TRUST FUNDING AWARDS 2020

Friends of Cinderhills Park received £3,000 to build a play park area and create a community garden.
Grow to School CIC received £3,000 to support the development of allotment gardens at a local school.

Hade Edge Band received £9,000 for solar panels to be fitted to the practice building and for the replacement of old lighting.

Hepworth Junior & Infant School received £1,500 to replace existing lighting with energy-efficient LED lights.

Holme Valley Climate Emergency Land Use Group received £5,550 to support work to map the area, producing a carbon baseline, and identify a land area for action.

Holmfirth Art and Music Ltd received £2,000 to support a sustainable creative project involving a commitment to educating people about climate change and motivating action.

Holmfirth WI received £1,500 to fund a cycling campaign.

River Holme Connections received £3,550 for the cost of purchasing native trees and hedge plants, and also make a contribution towards staff time.

Upperthong Village Hall received £3,000 for funding towards essential maintenance investment and repairs.

 

THE BRIGHT GREEN COMMUNITY TRUST FUNDING AWARDS 2019

Eden’s Forest CIC received £9,800 to create a model solar, wind and hydro generating system and run school sessions.

Holmepride- Community in Action received £6,000 towards the cost of expanding the allotment area at Holmfirth J&I school and making it wheelchair accessible. They plan to create a market at the school to sell the produce they grow, reducing transport emissions.

Holmfirth Arts and Music was awarded £1,500 for a project recycling paper into art and then subsequent tree planting.

River Holme Connections received £3,000 towards the purchase of native trees and hedges and the cost of staff time to deliver the project.

Thongsbridge Tennis and Fitness Club received £1,500 for funding towards replacing the outdoor lighting system.

Wooldale Community Association received £2,700 to fund a new LED lighting system.

 

MAKING AN APPLICATION

1. Make sure your project is located in this area: Please click here to view a map of the beneficial area, (illustrated by the blue border line).

2. Before completing your application, please click on the 'Calculating & Reducing Carbon Emissions' image (below). This opens a 2-page pdf document, in a separate window), which explains how you can calculate and reduce carbon emissions.

3. You will need to explain how your project will reduce carbon emissions in section 2 of your online application form.

4. Funding must directly benefit local community projects and initiatives, such as:

  • Projects that have clear environmental benefits
  • Community food growing projects
  • Energy efficiency or saving projects
  • Renewable energy projects
  • Educational projects with a sustainability angle
  • Projects that reduce or prevent pollution
  • Projects that alleviate fuel poverty, by reducing energy consumption
  • Carbon reduction projects that involve or promote biodiversity or conservation work
  • Sustainability projects 

5. All projects must be community-based, reduce carbon emissions and contribute towards a more sustainable future for the Holme Valley community.

**Before completing your application, please read this document, which explains how you can calculate and reduce carbon emissions.**

Applications are invited for one large project of up to £10,000 and also for funding of up to £3,000 (and can also be part of a contribution towards a higher cost project). Larger grants may, in exceptional circumstances, be awarded at the discretion of the grants panel. Projects must be within the Holme Valley Parish boundary, (incorporating the Graveship of Holme), see the link to the map above.

This fund will open again on JULY 1st 2021 and close on July 31st 2021. 

PLEASE NOTE: Applicants are required to explain how their project will reduce carbon emissions, directly or indirectly. If you would like some help with thinking about this please contact Holmfirth Transition Town at info@hott.org.uk