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.  

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 

Sheffield Association for the Voluntary Teaching of English (SAVTE) - £38,170 

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) 

Lunch Clubs Fund

This fund provides small grants to 51 lunch clubs. These grants contribute toward lunch club running costs and help to reduce loneliness and isolation for older people across the city. Further details can be found on our Lunch Clubs page.

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.

Other Grant Funds

  • In addition to the Grant Aid above the Council awards a number of Grant Funds from other Council budgets.

  • Equalities and Fairness Grants

    Grants are awarded to a number of organisations for the purpose of:

    • co-ordinating each of the Equality Hubs (Age, BAMER, Disability, LGBT+, Religion/Belief, Women) representing identified communities of interest that make up the Equality Hub Network Sheffield
    • contributing to an effective overall Equality Hub Network, including the Equality Hub Network Board

    In 2018-19 the following organisations received an Equalities and Fairness Grant. All grants are awarded for 3 years (2017-2020) unless stated.

    Age UK Sheffield - £11,250 (1 year grant 2018-2019 to co-ordinate the Age Hub)

    Sheffield Futures - £3,725 (1 year grant 2018-2019 to co-ordinate the Age Hub)

    Diverse-City Sheffield Project c/o Faithstar Foundation - £15,000 (to co-ordinate the BAMER Hub)

    Disability Sheffield Centre for Independent Living – £15,000 (to co-ordinate the Disability Hub) 

    LGBT Sheffield City Council - £10,000 (1 year grant 2018-2019 to co-ordinate the LGBT+ Hub)

    Sheffield Faiths Together c/o Faithstar Foundation - £10,000 (to co-ordinate the Religion / Belief Hub)

    Together Women Project Yorkshire and Humber - £10,000 (2 year grant 2018-2020 to co-ordinate the Women’s Hub)

  • BME Older People Grants

    This fund is designed to support community activities to help BME Older People sustain and improve their wellbeing in the community and, in particular, to reduce social isolation and loneliness. In 2018-19 the following organisations have received the BME Older People Grant. Both grants were made as 3 year grants (2017-2020).

    Partnership between Firvale Community Hub, Aspiring Communities Together and Roshni - £30,000

    Zest - £9,976 

  • Cohesion Grants

    The council has set aside money to support community cohesion. This includes activities that help people to celebrate their neighbourhood or city and bring people together. In 2018-19 the following organisations are in receipt of a Cohesion Grant.  

  • Big Grants

    Endeavour - £4,500 for a public art project for young people using rubbish collected from the local area

    Voluntary Action Sheffield - £10,000 for core costs for Cohesion Hub to match fund with Paul Hamlyn Foundation

    Football Unites Racism Divides - £8,710 for youth and social action cohesion project in Arbourthorne and Sharrow

    Firvale Community Hub - £15,000 for core costs to support existing cohesion and integration work

    City of Sanctuary - £6,650 for an integration project bringing refugees face to face with host communities

    Our Mel - £2,000 to support Melanin Fest 2018 during black history month

    Pitsmoor Adventure Playground - £5,000 for core costs to support existing cohesion and integration work

  • Small Grants

    Friends of Burngreave library - £2,000 for library co-ordinator post and volunteers

    Blend: Cook, Eat, Share CIC - £720 to support social cookery events

    Firth Park Methodist Church - £400 to support soft play days

    The Delphi Trust - £500 to support Nether Edge/Sharrow Music Festival 2018

    Element Society - £1,000 to support Good News Stories, a monthly publication celebrating stories of young people

    Burngreave TARA - £1,000 for monthly cook and eat

    Sunday Assembly Sheffield  - £360 for core costs and equipment

    Opus Independents Ltd - £1,000 for Festival of Debate 2018

    Darnall Forum - £1,000 to support isolated BME women


Contact Voluntary Sector Liaison Team