Housebuilder Stonebridge Homes has launched a £10,000 fund to support community projects in Wakefield.

Local groups, ranging from schools to charities, are invited to apply for a share of the fund, which Stonebridge has pledged for the benefit of projects which improve lives and encourage thriving communities.

The community fund has been launched as part of Stonebridge’s commitment to the Wakefield area at its The Grange development at City Fields.

Following the securing of planning permission for a total of 149 homes at the brownfield site, the award-winning housebuilder has begun work on the first phase. These are now available for sale, with the first residents expected to move in from July.

The first phase will include three-, four- and five-bedroom high quality homes. Stonebridge has opened a marketing suite at The Grange, allowing people to find out more about the development and make a reservation. Three show homes will be available to view from the summer.

Steve Errington, managing director said: “As a responsible housebuilder, we are passionate about investing in and supporting the local areas in which we build homes and establish flourishing new communities.

“As part of this commitment, we are encouraging groups and organisations to apply for individual grants from the £10,000 fund, enabling them to have access to what is in many cases vital financial support.

“Individual grants of varying sizes can be awarded with funding able to be provided for a multitude of benefits and uses, ranging from school learning resources to equipment for sports teams and older peoples’ groups.”

Steve Errington added: “We are thrilled to be bringing our quality, high specification homes to Wakefield at City Fields.

“We are also proud that The Grange will support local employment, including opportunities for builders and contractors.”