27 October 2022

Grant funding on offer for West Yorkshire communities

For the second year running, West Yorkshire Prepared, the region’s Local Resilience Forum, will be offering funds to communities to enable them to better prepare for, respond to and recover from emergencies and major incidents.

The Community Grant Initiative, which was launched last year, aims to help communities across West Yorkshire increase their resilience and preparedness, ensuring they are ready should a major incident occur. In the first year of the initiative over 20 organisations received funding ranging from £130 to £5000.

Successful projects included bids for search and rescue equipment for Mountain Rescue teams, first aid training for community groups, and funding to develop natural flood defences. A large number of requests for defibrillator units were also received and, working with Yorkshire Ambulance Service and Wel Medical, West Yorkshire Prepared supplied 13 units for communities across West Yorkshire, as well as providing funds for a solar-powered defibrillator for Wakefield Scouts.

The Theatre Royal in Wakefield was one of the recipients of a defibrillator unit, along with funding for first aid training for staff and volunteers.

Head of Development, Sarah Shooter, said: “Thanks to our LRF Community Grant we have been able to locate a defibrillator at the back of the theatre, right in the centre of Wakefield and train up our staff and volunteers to use it. We have also been able to ensure more people have received potentially lifesaving first aid training. It has allowed us to feel more resilient and confident as an organisation, knowing we could react effectively, in a situation both in our building and in the local area.”

The Community Grant Initiative will once again aim to provide at least £50,000 of funding to communities, providing support where it’s needed most.

Catherine Hankinson, co-Chair of West Yorkshire Prepared and Assistant Chief Constable of West Yorkshire Police, said: “Our aim, through this initiative, is to deliver funds to grass-roots projects and organisations that can make a real difference on the ground. Whether for flood prevention and protection, essential communication devices or emergency response equipment, we want to enable more to be done at a local level by providing small, one-off grants.”

Dave Walton, co-Chair of West Yorkshire Prepared and Deputy Chief Fire Officer for West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service, added: “The funding we provided last year has made a real difference to those community groups who applied, increasing flood resilience in districts prone to flooding, ensuring communities are better prepared for medical emergencies and improving accessibility in community centres. We hope, once again, to encourage a wide range of organisations to apply, from right across West Yorkshire.”

Any community or voluntary group can apply, with applications particularly welcomed from groups working in more deprived communities or areas where there are clear and present risks.

For full details on the entry criteria, or to download an application form, visit https://www.westyorkshireprepared.org.uk//community-grant. The closing date for applications is 31st December 2022.

To keep up to date with West Yorkshire Prepared, please visit https://www.westyorkshireprepared.org.uk/ or follow us on Facebook or Twitter.