Bag your share of a pot of cash for community!

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CASH is up for grabs for local community groups in the latest round of match funding from the Community Foundation for Calderdale.

All groups have to do is set up a page on the website by March 1 and any donations they attract there will be matched by the foundation.

The last match fund challenge at Christmas saw Calderdale charities raising nearly £15,000 between them through the website - which was doubled to £30,000 by CFFC.

A pot of £375,000 is available nationally in this new match fund - and now CFFC bosses and the Courier are encouraging Calderdale groups to try and bag as big a share as possible.

Steve Duncan, the foundation chief executive, said: “Calderdale rose to the challenge in the Christmas match fund.

“The £15,000 raised by local groups across Calderdale meant that we were second only to Berkshire in terms of how much was matched.

“We want Calderdale to be first!

“So on March 1 at 9am we want our groups to be ready with a webpage live on

And we want the generous people of Calderdale ready with debit and credit cards to make a contribution to your local group.

“You can play your part by signing up your group ready on and registering as a supporter.” is a way for voluntary and community groups to raise awareness and money online.

To take part in the match fund challenge, groups must have a live webpage on Localgiving.

Any community groups who would like to join and join in the match fund can contact Community Foundation for Calderdale through project officer Rachel Juilan on

On Thursday January 26 at 1pm, 15 of the groups who are live on in Calderdale are attending a training workshop at the Community Foundation for Calderdale offices to help them find the opportunities and share ideas for helping their supporters to join in the match fund.

There will be a limit to the amount each group can raise to be matched.

It is hoped that hundreds of local community groups make use of the fund.