In September 2016, our Cabinet approved a new three year strategy (2017 to 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 2019-20 the grant aid is split across the following grant funds.
Tackling Inequalities Fund 2020-21
We are delighted to relaunch the Tackling Inequalities Fund (TIF). The deadline for applications is the 7 February 2020.
This is an open fund for eligible voluntary sector organisations that can offer a range of outcomes that support our corporate priorities in respect of
- Tackling Poverty and Inequality and/or
- Better Health and Wellbeing
This fund will support a small number of organisations where there is a proven track record and clear evidence that they can deliver positive outcomes for beneficiaries. The fund can also support new projects from established organisations where there is evidence to support need. Grants awarded will be a minimum of £5,000 and will not exceed £15,000. There will be approximately £60,000 in this fund but the total amount awarded will be dependent upon full Council approval of the Grant Aid budget and may change slightly.
Applications for core costs will be considered. Priority will be given to organisations submitting strong applications but have limited opportunity to generate other income streams and cannot meet the costs they are applying for from other sources within the organisation.
How we will decide who receives a grant
Applications will be assessed by officers and assessments will be presented to a Grants Panel who will make a schedule of grant recommendations according to the budget available. The Cabinet Member for Community Services, (in accordance with the Council’s scheme of Delegations, based on the three year value of the individual awards) will make the final decisions in consultation with the panel. Applicants will be notified whether or not they are successful in March 2020. Grants will usually be paid in advance and in six monthly instalments, depending on compliance with grant terms and conditions. The first grant payment will be made in April 2020.
How to apply
You should read the eligibility criteria to make sure you can apply.
You will then need to complete the application form, budget spreadsheet and signature form and email them to email@example.com.
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 7 organisations receiving a Core Service Grant in 2019-20 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 - £38,070
Roshni - £35,316
St. Vincent de Paul Furniture Store - £54,161
VAS New Beginnings - £14,094
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 3 organisations that received a Tackling Inequalities Fund grant in 2019-20 are as follows. All grants are for 3 years (2017-2020) unless stated.
Assist Sheffield - £10,500
Emmaus - £11,250
NOMAD Opening Doors - £30,500
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 2019-20, 2 organisations received an Infrastructure Grant in a partnership bid totalling £131,813.
South Yorkshire Community Foundation - £40,778
Voluntary Action Sheffield - £91,035
Grant Aid Annual Report 2018-19
This is the second year of Sheffield City Council’s three-year commitment to a city-wide grant aid funding strategy in recognition of the vital contribution Sheffield's local voluntary, community and faith (VCF) sector makes to life in the city.
Highlights from 2018/19 include:
- total Grant Aid investment £1,503,985
- 64 organisations received a grant
- grant recipients supported a total of 27,781 individuals
- grant recipients employed a total of 309 staff
- grant recipients had a total of 1,690 volunteers contributing 217,274 hours, equivalent to a volunteer dividend of £1,955,462 (using the Real Living Wage)
- 42% of individuals who were supported by Grant Aid report having a disability or long-term condition
- 49% of individuals who were supported by Grant Aid are BAMER (Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic or Refugee)
- contact us if you would like a copy of our Annual Impact Report Infographic
What to do if you need a letter of support or endorsement from the council
If you are applying for a grant, and your bid links to the our current corporate plan objectives, and your application will be strengthened by a letter of support from the council then please contact the voluntary sector liaison team. They can talk to you and get a manager to provide a letter stating that, although your project may not be directly linked to the council, it supports our objectives for the city.
If you are applying for a fund and you need a letter of endorsement stating that your application is the only one the council supports for the local authority area, then please get in touch with the voluntary sector liaison team who will be able to assist you. If we get numerous request for an endorsement for an external fund (eg The Big Lottery), and only one can be put forward, an internal panel of officers and Councillors will make a decision about which bid is the strongest and request the Chief Executive endorses that one. If an application links to an area of commissioning that you already have a relationship with then contact your commissioning officer.