Calling all changemakers – ‘It’s Up To You’
We have launched another round of our successful ‘It’s up to You’ funding programme.
‘It’s Up To You’ encourages local individuals or community groups to suggest ideas they feel will make a real difference to their local area.
Ideas put forward should be about empowering communities, challenging prejudice and hate, sharing stories and common ground or celebrating and taking pride in the place you live.
Grants for the most popular ideas
People in these communities will be invited to an event where they can vote for the idea they want to see progress. The ones with the most votes will receive a grant of up to £100 for individuals, or £500 for groups to help make their plan a reality.
The programme aims to strengthen and develop existing community networks through citizen-led decision making.
Local ideas for local people
Examples of activities funded previously include allotments and gardening projects, activities for young people, events that bring people together in neighbourhoods, community events, day trips and visits to local places of interest, sports and healthy living projects and many more, all of which were devised and delivered by and for local people.
Cllr Naheed Mather cabinet member for Communities and Environment said:
“Allowing people in our area or local groups to suggest an idea through It’s up to You has proven to be very successful and reaches a broader cross-section of our community than our more traditional approaches would.
The programme has also encouraged people who may not have previously got involved to be more active in community life – either by voting at an event or putting an idea forward and delivering a project.”
Get to know your local community
The council is inviting all community focused groups and individuals who are interested in applying for funding to ‘Meet your Neighbour’ events which are taking place across Kirklees in the coming weeks, the first will be at Northfield Hall on September 5. These events will be a chance find out about the process, discuss ideas with council staff and connect with other groups and individuals.
Be part of the change you want to see
The events are free but must be booked online. All attendees will be expected to do a two-minute introduction and there will be the opportunity to submit applications on the night.
Follow the link below to get involved and book your place.
|11/09/2018||Crosland Moor Community Centre||6.00pm–8.00pm||Link|
|12/09/2018||DRAM Centre, Dalton||4.30pm–7.30pm||Link|
|17/09/2018||St Cuthbert’s Church||6.00pm–8.00pm||Link|
|18/09/2018||Ravensthorpe Community Centre||11.00am–1.00pm||Link|
|27/09/2018||Firth Park Pavilion, Heckmondwike||5.30pm–7.30pm||Link|