Remember Kerbside, the organisation that pioneered recycling in Calderdale but was forced to close when SITA UK was awarded waste and recycling contract by Calderdale Council?
The public also donated a lot of money to help Kerbside maintain its operation while continuing its fight to protect the jobs of its socially disadvantaged workforce. In the end, Kerbside had to concede defeat but it had some surplus funds, which its directors decided should be invested in a trust.
The Kerbside Fund has now opened its second round of grant applications to charitable organisations and community groups in Calderdale. The fund is managed through the Community Foundation for Calderdale and further donations are welcome. Significant donations from Pennine Pack and Calder Mediation were gratefully received.
Trustee Paul Brannigan said: “People know what Kerbside was about – an environmental movement which, uniquely, embraced the idea that human resources were being wasted as well as material ones – hence the determination to provide work and training for the long term unemployed whilst recycling almost anything. The scope for applicants is wide, but priority will be given to those that benefit the environment or employment for those who have barriers to employment.”
Grants of between £250 and £1,200 are available. Applications, to be considered by Paul and other Board members, can be made online at www.cffc.co.uk and the initial deadline is April 30. A response can be expected by the end of May.