Funding body information

Sheffield City Council

Town Hall
Pinstone Street
S1 2HH
0114 2734567

Point of contact:

Voluntary Sector Liaison Team, 0114 273 4631,


Sheffield City Council operates five designated funding programmes for voluntary sector groups:

  • Small Grants - grants of up £4,000 available to small voluntary and community projects run by and for local people
  • The Equality and Fairness Grants Fund - for activities that contribute to one of the council's Equality and Fairness Objectives - to strengthen the voice and influence of under-represented communities within the city.
  • HIV Support Fund - the HIV Support Fund is designed to educate and improve the quality of life of individuals living in Sheffield who are infected or affected by HIV and AIDS.
  • Lunch Clubs Fund - offer grants on a year by year basis to support the activities of lunch clubs across the city. The majority of these are clubs run by and for older people.
  • Voluntary Sector Grants Fund - the purpose of the fund is to make available grants to local voluntary sector organisations that are delivering services and activities in line with our current priorities.

Many local authorities are now moving away from grant-making and beginning to use commissioning as a way to distribute funding to the third sector. Local commissioners can be difficult to find and identify, however NAVCA have created a guide that may help: 'Finding your Commissioner'

Voluntary Sector Funding Pages:

Voluntary sector grants and funding

Useful organisations:

Voluntary Action Sheffield:

South Yorkshire Community Foundation:

South Yorkshire Funding Advice Bureau:

The website was really easy to use, with relevant funding information found under the following path:

Housing and Neighbourhoods - Neighbourhood Renewal and Partnerships - Voluntary Sector Liaison Team

Information can be found here on all three grants schemes available, including contact details, application forms and application guidelines, eligibility criteria and funding priorities.

The overall Voluntary Sector page was very useful, containing lots of additional information on funding news, voluntary sector support and the local compact.

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