One Community Fund Now Open!

Applications are now open for the next round of grants from the Longley Farm Farm Fund, a fund we set up in 2010 as a way to better manage our charitable giving. 

The fund is one of twelve managed by One Community, the Kirklees Community Foundation. The Foundation was established in 2010 to encourage local giving, and to act as an independent source of funding for local voluntary activities. It manages charitable funds on behalf of individuals and companies from across Kirklees.

Who can apply?

The Longley Farm Fund aims to support artistic, cultural and voluntary activities within the Graveship of Holme, so if you have a project that needs funding and your group is located in the Upper Holme Valley (Holmfirth, Austonley, Upperthong, Holme, Cartworth, Wooldale, Hepworth, Fulstone or Netherthong) we would love to hear from you.

How do I apply?

To apply, download an application form here from the One Community website

You should check the eligibility criteria on the website before making an application and if you need any help completing the form, or if you have any questions, please call the Foundation Office on 01484 468397

Applications remain open until Tuesday 25th August 2015. Funding applications will then be considered on merit by a panel, and decisions will be announced before Christmas.

Success Stories

Last year grants were awarded to projects as diverse as new instruments for Hade Edge Band, to buying apple trees for an orchard of rare tree species as part of the Earthworks Community Garden Project in New Mill.

Huddersfield and District Woodturners received £500 in last year's round of grants to go towards new equipment for their hands on sessions. Pat Cliffe, the Secretary of the Woodturners said, 

WoodturnersHuddersfield Woodturners has benefitted massively from funding from the Longley Farm One Community Fund. I can safely say that it has helped to turn our fortunes around. From being a club populated by older people, with little enthusiasm, we have now attracted a more diverse group of members and our numbers are growing; we have audio visual equipment that is admired by all our visitors; we have established a popular "Hands On" night; our members are feeling more included and are supporting each other; some of our members have discovered skills that they didn't know they had, and have gained the confidence to teach and demonstrate. The application process is straightforward and I would encourage local groups to apply.

Another group to receive funding was Bud - a gardening group for individuals with long term health conditions which is part of the larger organisation, Growing Works. Rachel Burnett, Growing Works' Project Manager commented:

Growing WorksGrowing Works Bud Gardening Group at Wooldale was supported by Longley Farm Fund to help the group continue weekly sessions during the majority of the winter. This is really important as winter is a time when people with disabilities and health conditions are often even more isolated in the community. Being together as a group in winter, particularly enjoying cooking what we have grown and planning for the growing season ahead enables our members and volunteers to look forward to when the plants start sprouting and the sun begins to shine.

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