South Yorkshire Funding Advice Bureau

South Yorkshire Funding Advice Bureau (SYFAB) is part of South Yorkshire’s Community Foundation, and has been offering advice, support and training on funding to voluntary sector groups for thirty years, with an Exemplar rating by the UKCF Quality Accreditation

As a funding advice service, they fit in perfectly with us as a grant making charity. Here is a little snippet of what they do:

  • They provide support to those seeking advice on how and where to look for funding
  • They provide a bespoke funding search platform to members
  • Regular funding news updates
  • Facilitate affordable training in the key skills needed to fundraise for successful community and charity organisations
  • Offer one to one consultancy to help you with your funding applications

“I would like to say that SYFAB have been invaluable for our charity and it’s continued success. From the beginning, not knowing where to turn for help and advice re funding, I really do not believe that we would have made it without your help. Simple as. So thank you!”

– Rita Brookes, Woodland View Dementia Support Group


Over the last 18 months, the SYFAB online training via Zoom has welcomed community groups from South Yorkshire and across the country, including participants from Community Foundations.

Community groups, as well as participants from Community Foundations, from across the country have attended a range of sessions and given some fantastic feedback as noted below:

“This is the best Zoom course I’ve been on in the last few months. The activities were not complicated but really useful and I have taken loads away from today”

– participant on Introduction to Fundraising (virtual classroom)

“I now see how online training works, the breakout rooms etc and to be honest I now prefer online to classroom. It was a wonderful experience”

– participant on Making the Ask: Making the Move (virtual classroom)

Expert trainers join the training programme to deliver specific theme sessions such as Media Awareness by Andy Kershaw, former BBC Radio Sheffield journalist. Watch him here provide a taster as to what his training entails.

Please share SYFAB’s training schedule to community groups with dates pencilled in until July 2022 that is available on their website:


You can get in touch with SYFAB to discuss support, news and information, training via their website:

Follow them on Twitter for regular updates