Small community groups and projects in both Calderdale and Kirklees, are to benefit from a over ¬£1/2 million cash injection, after the Community Foundation for Calderdale won a government competition to distribute funding to grassroots initiatives in both areas. The money is part of ¬£130 million nationwide drive by the Government to support thousands of groups and projects across the country, working to improve their local communities.
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Local community organisations could also stand to benefit from further money, if local philanthropists and businesses come forward to put up cash to match some of the government‚Äôs funds. Under the scheme, local people in both Calderdale and Kirklees, are being offered the opportunity to more than double the value of their charitable donations; if they do their giving through a long term fund to be set up by the Community Foundation for Calderdale, the return from which will then be used to ensure that further grants are available particularly once the current round of funding runs out in March 2011. Steve Duncan DL, Chief Executive of the Community Foundation for Calderdale said: ‚ÄúThis is good news for the Foundation, and great news for Calderdale and Kirklees. I urge individuals and businesses who want to put something back into their local community to consider using this scheme. There has never been a better and more cost effective way to give and to see the impact of that giving more than double because of government help.‚Äù
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