In September 2016, our Cabinet approved a new three year strategy (2017-2020) for the Council’s Grant Aid budget to the Voluntary and Community Sector in Sheffield.
This grant investment is used to support voluntary sector organisations that deliver city-wide services and activities that support the Council’s Corporate Priorities. In 2018-19 the grant aid is split across the following grant funds.
We are pleased to announce the launch of two grant funds. Both funds launch on Friday 3 May 2019. Completed applications must be received by 5pm on Friday 31 May 2019.
We have relaunched an additional round of the Cohesion Fund to support community cohesion in the city. The fund is for existing or new activities that help enhance and promote community relations and work to bring communities together.
Sheffield Community Investment Deal Youth Engagement Fund
Sheffield Community Investment Deal have launched the Youth Engagement Fund to ensure that the voice of young people is reflected in community action plans that are being developed for Page Hall, Fir Vale, Grimesthorpe, Darnall and Tinsley. This fund can support existing or new projects from organisations who work in areas where community action plans are being developed.
Core Service Grants
Core Service Grants were awarded to organisations that demonstrated a good track record in service delivery with a strong link to public sector services and helping people overcome disadvantage. The 8 organisations receiving a Core Service Grant in 2018-19 are as follows. All grants are for 3 years (2017-2020) unless stated.
Ben’s Centre - £53,146
Citizens Advice Sheffield - £841,536
City of Sanctuary Sheffield - £40,500
Roshni - £39,240
St. Vincent de Paul Furniture Store - £57,618
St. Wilfrid’s Centre - £12,200 (1 year award 2018-2019)
VAS New Beginnings - £15,600
Tackling Inequalities Fund
A strategic priority for the council is to reduce inequality and tackle the causes of inequality in the city. All groups supported by the Tackling Inequalities Fund are working with people to help them remove barriers to wellbeing and reach their potential. The 4 organisations that received a Tackling Inequalities Fund grant in 2018-19 are as follows. All grants are for 3 years (2017-2020) unless stated.
Assist Sheffield - £12,600
Emmaus - £13,500
NOMAD Opening Doors - £33,889
Sheffield Chinese Community Centre - £7,500 (1 year award 2018-2019)
Infrastructure Support Fund
Infrastructure support is vital for a strong, well-run, sustainable voluntary and community sector that can adapt to a changing world. This grant investment is aimed at securing a strong foundation for capacity building across the whole of the city’s voluntary and community sector, helping groups to recruit and retain volunteers, diversify income streams, measure and articulate impact and show good governance. In 2018-19, 2 organisations received an Infrastructure Grant in a partnership bid totalling £140,600.
South Yorkshire Community Foundation - £41,265 (3 year award)
Voluntary Action Sheffield - £97,104 (3 year award)
Grant Aid Annual Report 2017/18
Highlights from 2017/18 include:
- total Grant Aid investment £1,598,087
- 64 organisations received a grant
- grant recipients supported a total of 31,695 individuals
- grant recipients employed a total of 285 staff
- grant recipients had a total of 1,890 volunteers contributing 215,820 hours, equivalent to a volunteer dividend of £1,888,427 (using the Real Living Wage)
Full details can be found in the Grant Aid Annual Report.