It’s up to you 2019/20 – Round 1

What is ‘It’s up to You’?

‘It’s up to You’ is the Kirklees Council’s Cohesion teams funding programme and one of the key ways in which we get communities to think how they can work together to better improve the lives of everyone in their communities.

What’s it all about?

The process is simple, local people submit ideas for small scale projects that will help bring people together in their areas, both people who are already living there and new migrants to the area. Individuals can apply for up to £100 and groups (who don’t have to be formal groups) can apply for up to £500.

These ideas are then put on display at a public event where everyone from the local area can read them and decide which ones they like best. Every voter has three votes to distribute as they see fit amongst the candidates. At the end of the event the votes are counted up and the projects with the most votes all get a share of the pot allocated to that area.

What have past applications included?

The ideas are tremendously varied and reflect the different needs of the diverse areas of Kirklees. Past applications have included language classes for non-native speakers, fitness classes for older people, projection equipment for a community cinema, International Women’s Day projects, crèche facilities for working parents, funding for a Wellbeing Café and many more.

In the last round of funding we ran 14 funding events across Kirklees where a total of 1363 Kirklees residents voted on the projects they wanted to see become reality. We received 146 applications and as a result of ‘It’s Up to You’ 69 of these received funding for their ideas.

More information

We are just gearing up for our next round of ‘It’s Up to You’ funding which will start in spring 2020. If you would like more information about the funding programme, please call the Kirklees Council Cohesion team on 01484 221000.

Examples of successful funding applications

Here is an extended video of the successful funding applications from 2018/19.

Sudanese Woman and Child Group, One World Refugee Craft Group, Serendipity Writers groups, Friends of Firth Park and Code Club – Batley Library were just a few examples of the successful funding applications from last year.

2 comments

  • barbara rushforth

    I would like to apply for a grant for a group called. Re-Engage formerly Contact the Elderly. Every month some volunteers make themselves available and make an afternoon tea/for elderly people. The venue is different every month usually in a private house. There are 2 people in out group who are over 90 and one is registered blind. When you are old Sunday afternoons can be the worst time. No visitors, family are doing their own thing. Transport is provided by the volunteers. They cater for my dairy free diet. How do I apply for a grant please?

    • Hi Barbara, it’s great to hear that you would like to apply for funding! We are just gearing up for our next round of ‘It’s Up to You’ funding which will start in spring 2020. If you would like more information about the funding programme, please call the Kirklees Council Cohesion team on 01484 221000. ^EMT

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