Archive | August, 2019

Grant Aid Review – Public Consultation

22 Aug

Grant Aid is the name of our grant giving to the Voluntary Sector in Sheffield. The main purpose of Grant Aid is to invest in the voluntary and community sector so that they can help the Council and partners tackle the inequalities that exist across the city.

The existing 3-year Grant Aid Strategy (2017-2020) ends in March 2020.  We are consulting with current grant recipients, the wider voluntary and community sector and the public to review existing Grant Aid arrangements and welcome your feedback using our online consultation.

The consultation will remain open until Sunday 15 September 2019.

Whilst it has been decided to review the existing Grant Aid arrangements, there have been no decisions made on the specific priorities, eligibility criteria or application process for the new Council grant aid fund from April 2020. The results of the survey will inform our plans for the future of Grant Aid.


Further Citywide Consultation on the Removal of BT Payphones in the Sheffield Area

22 Aug

Further Citywide Consultation on the Removal of BT Payphones in the Sheffield Area

Consultations on the proposal have been carried out by BT and us.

From the 9 August, we are now consulting on the “First Notification”.  This is our draft decision on whether to object or consent to the removal of the payphone equipment at the 31 proposed locations across the city.  Please see the attached First Notification for details.

This consultation can be found at         

If anyone wishes to comment or object to this proposal, please write to us as the local planning authority at Forward & Area Planning Team, Sheffield City Council, Howden House, 1 Union Street, Sheffield, S1 2SH; or to quote the telephone number of the telephone kiosk or the location if you are commenting on 1 or more kiosks.

Deadline for comments is 9 September 2019.


Community Fund

8 Aug

Does your organisation work with council tenants, or in and around council housing estates in Sheffield? Do you have an idea for an exciting, innovative project which would benefit council tenants but don’t have the money you need to get it off the ground?

If so, your organisation could be eligible for a grant from our Community Fund. The fund aims to support stronger, successful communities by making grants available to local voluntary, community and self-help groups wanting to make a difference in their local neighbourhood. A total of £70,000 was spent in 18/19, shared across Sheffield’s 28 electoral wards and we have funded some great projects! This year we have £178,000 to support community led projects across the city.

This is funded by public money and so there are, of course, a few rules about who can apply, what sort of projects it can be used for and how applications are assessed. But we have kept these to a minimum and made the process as simple as possible – with an easy-to-complete application form and clear guidance documents to help you put your application together.

Apply for the Community Fund

The next funding round closes on 31 August 2019.

Eligible organisations can apply for grants up to £2500, depending on which ward they are based and how much has already been awarded. Organisations will need to demonstrate in their application how their project would benefit council tenants in their community.

You can apply by downloading the forms and sending them to or posting them to:

Lynne Clark
Community Fund Team
c/o Future of Council Housing
Freepost – RTJK – XUAB – GXZC
Corporate Mail Facility
Sheffield City Council
1 Moorfoot
Sheffield  S1 4PL


Please click on the link below to access the form:


Virgin Money Foundation – Heart of the Community Fund

1 Aug

Heart of the Community Fund!

Here at the Virgin Money Foundation, we’re on a mission to support community regeneration by backing people who can make big changes happen locally.

We love helping local communities thrive – and we’d love to see applications from community organisations working at the heart of your city.

Every three months, we’re giving three local community organisations the chance to win £2,000 – with awards of £1,000 and £500 for the runners-up.

There is a voting unit in the Sheffield Lounge and the awards will go to the community organisations with the most votes from Virgin Money customers and Lounge members.

Just our bag

We’d love to support projects:

>         Run by smaller local community organisations. That means annual running costs of less than £500,000.

>         Working in the parts of the City that need money the most.

>         With strong local roots.

>         Benefiting the wider community.

Funds can be used to buy materials and equipment, make improvements to a community building or sports facility, clean up an area of wasteland or support an event. The money could also pay for staff to run an activity.

Charities and community organisations should apply to the Virgin Money foundation online by visiting and selecting the Heart of the Community Fund.