Unlocking investment opportunities for Calderdale organisations

Halifax Courier Community Spirit Awards 2014 at Berties at La Cachette, Elland.'CEO of the Community Foundation for Calderdale Steve Duncan.
Halifax Courier Community Spirit Awards 2014 at Berties at La Cachette, Elland.'CEO of the Community Foundation for Calderdale Steve Duncan.

Calderdale Council is developing new opportunities for social enterprises, local businesses and voluntary organisations to grow and develop.

The ‘Social Investment, Creating Big Potential in Calderdale’ event has been organised by Calderdale Council, with Key Fund and the Community Foundation for Calderdale, for social ventures and community enterprises looking for investment and advice.

The Community Foundation for Calderdale will also be launching its new ‘Community Investment Fund’, which will provide investment and support to voluntary and social enterprise organisations in partnership with the Key Fund.

The event is being held on Thursday September 25 from 9.30am until 12.30pm, at the Mereside Cafe in Shibden Park, Halifax, and will give local organisations the opportunity to apply for funding to help grow their business.

The morning will also include presentations from Sam Tarff, the CEO of Key Fund, and an introduction to Big Potential – a new £10 million lottery fund for eligible voluntary, community and social enterprises organisations.

Steve Duncan, the CEO of Community Foundation for Calderdale, will be launching the Community Investment Fund at 11am.

“We at CFFC are always looking for new and innovative ways to support our Voluntary and Social Enterprise Organisations,” said Mr Duncan, “We have funded 1000s of groups in the last 23 years and are very excited to launch this new programme to help make groups more sustainable and effective.”

Organisations attending can speak to Big Potential support providers and ask questions to a panel of social investment leaders, to further help them develop their ideas.

The Leader of Calderdale Council, Councillor Stephen Baines, said: “This is a real opportunity for local businesses and organisations to get advice to help them to increase their potential and learn about the funding opportunities available within the Council and also other external funding options.

“Events like this not only offer the chance for organisations to learn about investment, but also to meet other valuable contacts, and learn from each other.”