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Grant Aid and Lunch Club Annual Reports

10 Aug

In 2017/2018 Sheffield City Council awarded grants to support the voluntary sector across the city.  64 organisations received part of the grant pot, worth £1,598,087.

To see how it was spent, we have produced an annual report which also provides an overview of the positive impact this grant investment has made in the city. Visit www.sheffield.gov.uk/grants to read more about the fund, download our report and access individual reports from our grant beneficiaries.

There is a separate report which looks specifically at the contribution to lunch clubs for older people which can be found at www.sheffield.gov.uk/lunchclubs

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Building Connections Fund

3 Aug

New fund to tackle loneliness opens to applications on the Big Lottery Fund webpage.

Charities and community groups in England can now apply for a share of close to £9 million aimed at tackling loneliness by building strong social connections and welcoming communities.

The money is from the £11.5 million Building Connections Fund announced on 19 June by the Prime Minister, Theresa May, and lead Minister for Tackling Loneliness, Tracey Crouch, in response to the Jo Cox Commission’s recommendations on Loneliness.  Almost £9 million will be distributed by the Big Lottery Fund, the largest funder of community activity in the UK, and will support projects already working to prevent or reduce loneliness to increase their impact.  Grants of between £30,000 and £100,000 will be available for projects which reach out to people of all ages who feel lonely or isolated, and encourage them to take part in activities, helping them to feel more connected. This could include making the most of community spaces, improving access to transport, using digital technology, or joining up local services to have a bigger reach. The money will also support the collecting and sharing of evidence and learning to increase understanding about what works to tackle loneliness.

Applications open Monday 16 July and will close on Friday 24 August. Guidance and criteria are available on the Big Lottery Fund website.

Youth Strand  There will be a separate Youth Strand of funding is made up of £2 million, which will be distributed by the Co-op Foundation, making grants of up to £80,000. It will open for applications in August 2018 – find out more on the Co-op Foundation blog. The Youth Strand will be open to organisations with existing youth-focused activities that could be effective at helping young people avoid long-term loneliness. Successful applicants will receive funding to explore youth loneliness in greater depth, test youth-led innovations within their existing provision, and share their learning as part of a national network.

All grants will be announced in December 2018, with funding available to support projects until March 2021.

If you have any  queries around the fund please contact the Big Lottery Fund  directly on tel: 0345 410 2030

 

Heart of the Community Fund Goes Live in the Virgin Money Sheffield Lounge!

31 Jul

The Virgin Money Foundation announces a new grants fund going live in the Sheffield Virgin Money Lounge.

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 now we need a hand deciding which local charities to help next.

This is where you come in

Every two months, we’re giving three local charities the chance to win £1,000 – with awards of £500 and £250 for the two runners-up.

The awards will go to the charities with the most votes from Virgin Money customers and Lounge members. There will be a voting unit in the Sheffield Lounge.

Just our bag

We’d love to support projects:

  • Run by smaller local registered charities. 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.

If you know of any local charities you think fit the bill and deserve to feature on our voting unit, they should apply to the Virgin Money foundation online by visiting virginmoneyfoundation.org.uk and selecting the Heart of the Community Fund.

 

Sheffield receives funding for Rough Sleeping Initiative

14 Jun

Sheffield City Council is set to receive £363,000 this year to combat rough sleeping across the city.

The news is welcomed in Sheffield as it will allow for more work to be done for rough sleepers who have been living on the streets on and off for a longer period of time.

The funding means the council will be able to do more outreach work to prevent rough sleeping form occurring, wherever possible.

Money will be used to fund suitable housing for individual rough sleepers and to give them the support they need to be able to stay in that housing instead of becoming a rough sleeper again.

This intensive housing support will be tailored to meet the needs of each individual rough sleeper, who most often have a variety of complex needs. Individuals will be worked with for longer periods of time and the tailored help will mean that they will be more likely to remain housed.

More emergency accommodation for those who find themselves in crisis will also be made available and options for longer term housing will be improved.

All of this support will be provided by the council working alongside other registered housing providers, the commissioned outreached team, voluntary services and private sector landlords.

Councillor Jim Steinke, Cabinet Members for Neighbourhoods and Community Safety said: “ We welcome this funding which will help us focus on preventing rough sleeping in Sheffield. Our main aim will be to help people to sustain their independence.

“Although we have a relatively low number of rough sleepers in the city, we recognise that those at risk of rough sleeping often have very complex personal circumstances. It’s our job to help and support them in the right way as much as possible so that it can help transform their lives into something much better than they might otherwise have hoped for. This is a welcome boost to funding to help us make a real difference this winter.”

 

 

Building a Stronger Britain Together

25 Jan

The next round of the Building a Stronger Britain Together (BSBT) programme is now open.

The programme supports groups who work to create more resilient communities, stand up to extremism in all its forms and offer vulnerable individuals a positive alternative, regardless of race, faith, sexuality, age and gender. Grants up to £50,000 are available.

Grants are available across the country; locally they will be processed by South Yorkshire’s Community Foundation. An information event for Sheffield groups is being held in the Town Hall on Friday 26th January at 11am. If you’d like to come, contact Andrew Male on Andrew.Male@sheffield.gov.uk or 07884252150 to book a place.

Guidance and link to the application form here . The deadline is 5pm on 16th February 2018

 

Health & Wellbeing Funding available for Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise Organisations

8 Sep

Department of Health (DH) –  The VCSE Health and Wellbeing Programme provides funding to voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations to help them contribute towards improving health and care. Each round of the programme focuses on a specific theme and the theme for this round is social prescribing. The department is inviting applications to set up a new social prescribing scheme or to support the expansion of an existing scheme. The deadline for completed applications is 21 November 2017.

Health and wellbeing fund 2017/18 // Health Management and Policy Alert

Further information

SYFR Community Fund Now Open to apply (closing date 29th Sept 2017)

6 Sep

Charities and community groups are being invited to bid for the latest round of funding made available by the county’s Fire Authority.

The application process will open on 1 September and close at midday on 29 September for the third round of South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Authority’s Safer Stronger Communities Reserve fund, which aims to support the work of local communities to reduce fires and other emergencies.

The maximum amount of money available for each project is £100,000 and the minimum amount is £5,000. Projects should run for up to two years. More than 40 projects were given grants as part of two previous open bidding processes.

The latest funding will be allocated for projects which meet specific criteria, which include tackling water safety, arson and road traffic collisions. Other key priorities include working with those with mental health issues, people from excluded groups including BAME and faith communities and health and social care issues

For full information including how to apply visit: SYFR – SSCR Funding