Posted by: North Officer | 28/12/2012

City Wide Funding For Groups

The Sheffield City Council Voluntary Sector Liaison Team have set up a fund to support a strong, diverse and successful city. Grants of up to £2,000 are available to small groups and projects that want to make a difference across the city.  The next deadline for applications in 2012-13 is 31 January 2013. You can apply for up to £2,000 to cover a period of up to 1 year. The Fund is not aimed at private or public sector organisations, individuals or large voluntary sector organisations.

They are particularly keen to fund small voluntary, community and self-help projects run by and for local people that help to:

  • Encourage volunteering through group-based activities;
  • Promote a successful city by reducing social exclusion and inequalities;
  • Promote community cohesion;
  • Promote community well-being and active citizenship.

In your application you will need to show that your project or group:

  • Has been set up by local people;
  • Involves at least 15 – 20 people in group-based activity;
  • Aims to tackle a particular issue or need in the city;
  • Provides a community benefit that is not purely social or hobby-related;
  • Has a co-operative, partnership or self help approach.

Priority will be given to activities that:

  • Benefit the welfare needs of people who are at risk of social exclusion;
  • Promote integration and greater understanding between people of different backgrounds and cultures;
  • Encourage people to be involved and active in the city by volunteering, shaping and influencing services and developing new skills.

You can download the Application Pack from here – www.sheffield.gov.uk/smallgrants.

The decision about whether or not to award you a grant and for how much, will be made by the Director of Policy, Partnership and Research in consultation with the Cabinet member for Communities and Inclusion.  You should get a decision by 1 March 2013. If your application is successful you will be expected to complete and return a monitoring form and provide receipts to show how you spent the money and what you achieved as a result of the grant.

If you are unsure about your project and whether they can fund your group or activity, or you want to discuss it further please contact the Voluntary Sector Liaison Team on 0114 27 34631 or email vslt@sheffield.gov.uk and we will be happy to help you. They are also available if you need help to fill in the application form or if you want information to help you develop your group.

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