Holme Valley Parish Council

Parish Council Grants

Holme Valley Parish Council makes reasonable budget provision for the award of grants.  In the current financial year (2018-19) £10,000 is available through the Council’s Finance & Management Committee towards community projects, events and festivals.  Further funds are available through the Council’s Service Provision Committee towards Christmas provision, youth facilities, war memorials, CCTV, defibillators and activities or projects relating to transport.

The Council can only award grants using certain legal powers; specific powers allow the Council to provide funding for specific activities or projects which Members feel will be of benefit to the Holme Valley, e.g. grants to a sport club, for a music festival or towards community celebrations of special events (such as the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee supported by the Council in 2012 and the Tour de France in 2014) and World War 1 commemorations (2018-19).  Where no other power is available, the Council may decide to use its power under Section 137 of the Local Government Act 1972, to award a grant where it feels that to do so will benefit some or all of its residents or some or all of the area.  The critical words are some or all – in both cases.  This means that grants to individuals are not feasible and grants where the activity would not obviously benefit the Holme Valley are equally problematic – however worthy Members of the Council may feel the project to be.

The Clerk is happy to advise on which type of grant application might be most appropriate (i.e. from the Finance & Management, Service Provision or indeed our Community Assets Support budgets) but all grant applications are considered by the appropriate Committee, so the applications and any supporting documentation must be received at least 10 days before a meeting to allow the Clerk to check that the relevant grants criteria has been met.  Please read the frequently asked questions (FAQs) section before applying for a grant.

Application forms are available in two formats:

Grant Application Form – Finance & Management Budget – Word version
Grant-Application-Form – PDF version
Criteria and Guidelines – Finance & Management Grants

Grant Application Form – Service Provision – Word version
Grant Application Form – Service Provision Budget – PDF version
Criteria and Guidelines – Service Provision Grants

The form in Word format can be downloaded and completed on your computer, but must be printed out and signed before being sent with any supporting documentation.  For anyone wishing to complete a form by hand, the Adobe PDF version should be used, but you will require Adobe Reader to open the form before it can be printed out.  Alternatively, forms  and grant criteria can be collected from the Council Chamber during normal office hours.

Whichever form is used, it must be PRINTED and SIGNED, and then sent with the other information requested in the grant criteria.

All applications must be accompanied by appropriate accounts or supporting financial information.  Forms and the supporting information must be returned to the Clerk to the Council at least 10 days before the date of the next relevant Committee meeting.

As well as submitting your signed hard copy application, it would be helpful if you could provide a copy of the grant application electronically (in Word or PDF) by email to the Clerk; it could then be distributed to the Chairman of the Committee and other Members before the meeting at which the application would be considered.

If your community group or organisation requires funding support towards a community asset, e.g. village or community hall, or other building), the Council’s Community Asset Support Committee has a separate grant fund, further details of which are provided on the Committees page.

A selection of reports from successful applicants are provided here:
Holmfirth J I & N School – April 2015
Honley Business Association – April 2015
Holme Valley Singers – January 2016
Holy Trinity PCC – April 2016
HMS Hero Plaque display case – April 2016
Honley Business Association – Honley Feast 2016
Holmfirth Conservation Group – July 2016
Holmfirth Town FC – July 2016
Honley Cricket Ground – July 2016
Wooldale Community Association – July 2016
Brass Factor – October 2016
Holmfirth Christmas Team – October 2016
Holmfirth Festival of Folk – 5 – 7 May 2017
Wooldale Community Centre – 21 April 2017
Honley Cricket Club – 6 April 2017
Holmbridge Cricket Club – April 2017
Honley Business Association – Honley Feast 2017
St Marys Church, Honley – June 2017
Friends of Cliff Recreation Ground – Carols on the Cliff 2017


The Parish Council is keen to support local groups within the valley who wish to mark the centenary of the end of WW1 through an event, initiative or commemorative project. We have set aside £1,000 for this purpose with each applicant able to apply for a maximum of £100 to support their project. Applications are open from 1st April until 30th September 2018 (or until the money has all been awarded) with projects expected to be completed by 31st December 2018.

To apply, please use this grant application.

Kirklees Council also awards grants to community groups.  To read more about Kirklees community grants and other grants your group might be eligible to apply for click the link below:   Kirklees community grants