Voluntary grants and funds

The Voluntary Sector Liaison Team administers a range of grants to the Voluntary and Community Sector in Sheffield.

Grant aid is used to support voluntary sector organisations that deliver city-wide services and activities that support the Council’s priorities. Details about what we're funding and open grants that you may apply for can be found on this page.

Covid-19 Community Memorial Fund

Sheffield City Council and Compassionate Sheffield are pleased to launch the Covid-19 Community Memorial Fund.

Sheffield’s memorial activity needs to be representative and collectively owned by its communities, especially those hit hardest by the Covid-19 crisis. The aim of this fund is to support community groups and organisations in Sheffield with grants of up to £2,000 to memorialise the Covid-19 pandemic. This will help to give people the time and space for reflection, acknowledging that the pandemic has impacted all of us in different ways.

The fund will be open from Monday 4 July until 12 noon (midday) on Monday 22 August 2022. We appreciate August will be a busy time for some organisations and groups, so we are happy to receive applications that are sent back as early as works for you.

Funding available

Applications can be submitted for amounts of up to £2,000. This can be to fund part of an existing programme of activity or to support new projects within communities.

The Covid-19 Community Memorial Fund would like to encourage creativity and ownership around memorial activity. It is up to communities to decide what ‘memorial’ means for them. This creativity will help to show the diversity of the city. Your organisation or group may want to put on an event, create a film or online project, a piece of artwork, or a space for loved ones to be named.

Any funded activities should be completed on or before March 23, 2023, to mark the UK’s National Day of Reflection.

Who can apply

You can apply for this fund if you are:

  • a charity
  • not for profit group
  • school or other educational establishment
  • local business

Other groups and individuals, such as mutual aid groups and non-constituted community groups, are also able to apply. However, we may need to establish other routes to give you funds, such as appointing another local organisation to act on your behalf.

How to apply

To improve your chances of being successful with this application, please read the guidance document below.

To apply for the fund, you need to complete the application form, sign the declaration, and return this by e-mail to sheffieldcovidmemorial@sheffield.gov.uk. The deadline for applications is 12 noon (midday) on Monday 22 August 2022.

If you have any queries about the fund, please contact us at  sheffieldcovidmemorial@sheffield.gov.uk.

Decision making

Officers will evaluate whether applications match the aims set out in the fund’s guidance:

  • to provide opportunities for communities to reflect,
  • encourage collective healing, and
  • promote social cohesion.

If there are more requests for grants than we have money in the scheme, we will look for activities which bring together those people who have been disproportionately impacted by Covid-19. We also want to fund activities that are well distributed across the city.

Officer assessments will be considered by a Grants Advisory Panel who will meet in September to make the final decisions. Successful applicants will receive a formal offer of a grant in late September.

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

Sheffield Association for the Voluntary Teaching of English (SAVTE) - £35,880 

St. Vincent de Paul Furniture Store - £54,161

VAS New Beginnings - £14,094

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

Lunch Clubs Fund

This fund provides small grants to 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 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
Other Grant Funds

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

Ward Pots

Ward Pots are small grants available to the local voluntary and community sector, self-help groups and projects who want to make a difference in their local community. Find out about ward pots.

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 2019-20 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 2019-2020 to co-ordinate the Age Hub)

Sheffield Futures - £3,725 (1 year grant 2019-2020 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 2019-2020 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 2019-20 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 2019-20 the following organisations are in receipt of a Cohesion Grant.  

Big Grants

City of Sanctuary - £3,000 to deliver monthly cross-cultural activities

Cohesion Sheffield (VAS) - £5,000 to create a media & communications platform to provide positive community cohesion stories

Mediation Sheffield (MESH) - £5,000 to co-ordinate the Cohesion Advisory Group and provide additional activities

Christ Church Pitsmoor - £5,000 to pay for feasibility & development work to support cohesion activities

Firvale Community Hub - £6,000 as a contribution to the Accommodating Difference project

Project Foodhall CIC - £5,000 to support 5 cohesion activities each week

Element Society - £4,500 to create a Social Action Society and employ a social action co-coordinator to develop assets in young people

Sheffield Local Television Ltd - £5,000 to support volunteer community media producers to develop new media productions to promote community cohesion and cultural diversity

NUCA (trading as Zest) - £6,000 as a contribution to the “This Community Can” project

Small Grants

Heeley City Farm - £2,000 for a community cohesion and local food growing project

Age UK Sheffield (in partnership with Dore & Totley People Keeping Well) - £1,000 for an intergenerational singing project

Student Action for Refugees (Sheffield) - £500 to host a community cohesion event

Unity Gym Project - £2,000 as a contribution to the Safe Spaces in the City of Sanctuary Short Film

Grant Aid Annual Report 2017-2018

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.

Annual Impact Reports

All groups who received Grant Aid were asked to produce an Annual Impact Report to demonstrate how they delivered on the outcomes set out in their Grant Agreements.

Core Service

Tackling Inequalities


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.

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