Projects We’ve Funded

From April 2015 – March 2016 the trust supported 36 groups and individuals covering a diverse range of needs.

These include community buildings, support groups, cultural and technology projects, health and social needs, sport, family and youth groups.


Number of applications received: 47

Number of applications supported: 36

Largest grant awarded: £3,000

Smallest grant awarded: £90

Total grants awarded: £29,823

 » Click here for details of all 2015-16 supported groups

2015-16 Case Study Examples:

The Memory Tree

‘ Without the Craven Trust grant The Memory Tree , a dementia support club in Keighley, would have had to close due to scarcity of funding. During that bridging period The Craven Trust contributed to a patchwork of funds that have kept us going through 2015 which has enabled us to develop a track record of service delivery which we hope will allow us to apply for further funding.’

‘The carer time is so useful, talking to people who understand. That is what I value most – the pleasure of being with people who know and understand the problems. If the club were to close it would be a happy door closing and cause more withdrawal.’ Elizabeth

The Scargill Movement

‘The Craven Trust has been important in supporting us in one of our building projects. We have installed a lift in the Chapel approach area. Twenty four steps were difficult, or impossible, for some people to negotiate. The lift and associated works has enabled us to help them, but also practically express the welcome that we stand for.’

‘The Craven Trust financially supported this, which gave us needed financial support, but also a sense of local support too.’ Paul

Wilsden Juniors AFC

‘We aim to make extra use of the newly fitted toilets by having our first tournament in September. We will be able to invite other clubs from the local area now we have such great facilities.’

‘Receiving this grant from The Craven Trust has made a huge difference to our training facilities.’ Emma

Keighley Astronomical Society

‘The Craven Trust grant enabled the society to target underfunded and disadvantaged communities in the Keighley Area.

September saw a fantastic family orientated event for budding astronomers at Keighley Astronomical Society’s Star party at Raygill Fishing Lakes, an established ‘Dark Sky’ Location. Clear skies, Saturn, The Andromeda Galaxy, and the constellations of the Great Bear, Cassiopeia, and Cygnus kept the stargazers happy. Younger participants took part in space themed activities designing and building paper rockets before the test flight challenge.’

‘The grant greatly raised our profile and allowed us to demonstrate how we promote the education of science, technology, engineering and maths, in our unique, fun filled hands-on style.’

St Stephen’s Church, Steeton

The grant from The Craven Trust made a huge difference to our fundraising. It came towards the end of our fundraising and meant that we could get started quicker. The new toilets and nappy changing area has meant that the hall is so much more accessible to all people, especially toddler groups and people with disabilities.

‘The grant gave a real boost to the people who were fundraising’

Grindleton Recreational Ground Charity

The children from Grindleton Primary school show their delight at the opening of the new Safe Surfaces despite the rain! A grant contributed towards the cost of the improvement of the children’s play area.

‘All at the charity are extremely grateful to the Craven Trust for the help and support given by the Trust. Once again, thank you very much indeed for all your help.’ John

Overground Underground Festival Ingleton

Ingleton’s Overground Underground festival was established in 2011 by a small group of volunteers passionate about the local landscape around Ingleborough. The festival has grown organically with local communities and individuals working together to put on a diverse range of events for locals and visitors to take part in.

 » Click here for details of all 2015-16 supported groups

2014-15 Case Study Examples

Buckden Singers

Buckden Singers is a non-auditioned community choir, established in January 2007 to give all members of the community the opportunity to sing and learn to perform as a vocal ensemble of some 35-40 members. We hold local concerts support local events and have made a number of T.V. appearances most notably in ITV’s “The Dales”


“The music purchased will allow us to enhance and extend our repertoire thus giving members a more varied singing experience and providing variety for our audiences over a number of years.” – Anne

Dunsop Bridge Village Hall

Dunsop Bridge Village Hall is a local facility for the benefit of people from Bowland Forest High and low parishes. As part of a major refurbishment in 2013, the insulation will help to keep heat inside the hall – increasing user comfort and decreasing heating costs.


“Thank you for your kind contribution on behalf of the Village Hall Committee” – Sheila

Clapham Community Shop

Clapham Community Shop was set up in response to the closure of the local village store. The local community took on the business as a community owned and managed enterprise. Everyone in the village over 16 years old has been urged to buy shares.


“The Craven Trust grant enabled us to reach our fundraising target much earlier than anticipated. This gave us the confidence that we had the backing of the community and local organisations. A vital service of the shop will be as a place where older people can socialise and get their pensions.” – Don

Skipton Town Juniors

Skipton Town Juniors is the parent organisation for a new project being set up called “Skipton Young Leaders”. Skipton Town Juniors are giving the young leaders opportunities to get involved within the club in order to gain experience. The young leaders will be using Skipton Town FC land, facilities and equipment but it is open to all, there is no requirement to be a member of Skipton Town Football Club in order to get involved with “Skipton Young Leaders”.


“The grant from the Craven Trust enabled training sessions and leadership courses for young people in the local area.” – Katie

Skipton Building Society Camerata

Skipton Building Society Camerata gave a special performance as part of the town’s Remembrance weekend. Thanks to the Craven Trust Grant the programme featured the world permiere of a specially commissioned concerto for euphonium and orchestra, Lest We Forget, by Thomas Lydon.


“This concerto commemorates Craven’s involvement in the First World War and feature the euphonium – a brass band instrument rarely found in an orchestra – as a tribute to Yorkshire’s brass band tradition” – Ben

Friends of Cravenside

Formed in 2012 The Friends of Cravenside ensures the introduction, development and maintenance of activities for the benefit of residents. It raises funds to enable residents to go on a variety of activities, outings and enjoy social interaction.


“The grant was used to take residents to see the Blackpool illuminations and all residents had a very nice evening indeed. It was very much appreciated and thanks to The Craven Trust for their kindness and generosity” – R. Roberts

Project 6

The grant has enabled the creation of a ‘Writing for Recovery’ booklet of inspirational memories containing stories and poems written by past and present service users that celebrates 25 years of Project 6.


“The work of those involved in the project highlights the effective, life changing treatment those with substance problems and their families go through, recognising their considerable journey and achievement” – Phil

» Click here for details of all 2014-15 supported groups