Beyond CSR: Longley Farm Focus

Lasting over 10 years, the partnership between Longley Farm and One Community Foundation has funded dozens of projects through the Longley Farm Fund.

The main focus of the Longley Farm Fund is to support artistic and cultural activities in the Graveship of Holme, but can also support more general funding from voluntary groups in the area. Here are a few groups that have benefitted from the fund:

Holmfirth Art & Music

The “Zero Carbon” educational project at Earthworks New Mill Community Garden looked to raise awareness of sustainability through art by providing an art trail for local families. This initiative stands as a testament to the strength of community collaboration, dedicated to minimising carbon footprint, fostering biodiversity, and nurturing a deep sense of care for the environment.

Arts for Health C.I.C

Arts for Health C.I.C. embarked on a thrilling journey to produce a short film utilising cutting-edge “green screen” filming techniques, highlighting the immense potential of collaborative creativity and learning.

Every year, when the time comes round to look at grant applications, I find it both exciting and humbling to read about all the incredible projects being carried out by volunteers in our local area. It is such a privilege to be able to play a small role in helping these groups continue, whether they are new projects just getting off the ground, or familiar favourites who have been providing long-term support for years.

Katie Jones, Longley Farm

Through donations from Longley Farm, One Community has allocated over £18,000 to charitable groups in the Graveship of Holme in the past year. Arts and Culture projects, like those supported by the funding, help bring people together by celebrating creativity and community identity. This generosity has ensured the company has made a lasting, genuine impact on the area, now and into the future.

Emma Woods-Bolger, CEO, One Community

Emma has worked as a Philanthropy Advisor and Grantmaker for 13 years, liaising with philanthropists, advisors and charitable organisations in Kirklees and Calderdale. She has been the CEO of One Community Foundation since 2019, steering the charity to award over £1,000,000 to over 300 grantees in 2022-23.