Funding boost for local festivals

MYTHOLMROYD, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 26:  The River Calder bursts its bank's in the Calder Valley town of Mytholmroyd on December 26, 2015 in Mytholmroyd, England. There are more than 200 flood warnings across Britain as home and business owners prepare for serious flooding. The army has been deployed to some villages to bolster flood defences as rain continues to fall across the north.  (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
MYTHOLMROYD, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 26: The River Calder bursts its bank's in the Calder Valley town of Mytholmroyd on December 26, 2015 in Mytholmroyd, England. There are more than 200 flood warnings across Britain as home and business owners prepare for serious flooding. The army has been deployed to some villages to bolster flood defences as rain continues to fall across the north. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

Grants of up to £5,000 are available for voluntary and community groups organising festivals or events after the Boxing Day floods.

The aim is to celebrate all that’s great about Calderdale, sending out a clear message that it’s open for business.

The new fund is part of Calderdale Council’s continued work to help residents and businesses get back on their feet by boosting tourism, trade and morale.

After the flooding in summer 2012, the council supported Totally Locally to create the ‘Valley of Lights’ in Todmorden, Hebden Bridge and Mytholmroyd.

It saw thousands of people enjoying a lantern parade to celebrate what the towns have to offer and provided a real boost to trade and tourism.

The council hope that the upcoming events and festivals will attract a similar high turnout and be just as successful.

The deadline for grant applications is Friday, April 1. Successful applicants could have the money in their accounts as soon as April 22.

For more information email grants@calderdale.gov.uk or call 01422 392317.