Cash-boosted group says ‘Sign up to localgiving’


A RURAL community group in Calderdale has been given £500 in donations through the website.

Blackshaw Environmental Action Team signed up to the website and used their newsletter to ask its members to log on and donate cash – which was then matched by the Community Foundation for Calderdale.

Generous supporters donated £250 which was matched by the Community Foundation for Calderdale.

The £500 total cash will now be spent on growing food, planting trees and generating power to the community.

The team had taken use of a previous Calderdale Match Fund Challenge, but now a new challenge – backed by the Courier – is in the pipeline.

Groups must set up a page on the website by March 1 and any donations they attract there will be matched by the foundation.

A total of £375,000 has been made available to community foundations across England.

Rachel Julian, localgiving project officer for the foundation, said: “We’re so pleased that BEAT, along with 25 other community groups in Calderdale, benefited from the match fund.

“ is a very useful fund-raising tool, so we encourage all community groups to get in touch and see if they can also sign up for”

Anyone interested in should contact Rachel Julian on 01422 349700 or email