SYCF Community Grants

Applications to this fund will reopen from 10th June 2024.


The SYCF Community Grants Programme is made up of several funds provided by generous local donors.  It is intended to support community groups and organisations across South Yorkshire, especially smaller, developing or less well-resourced organisations and grass-roots groups, where small amounts of funding can make a real difference.

How much can I apply for?

Up to £5,000, to be spent within one year.

When can I apply?

Community Grants will open again later this year.

What do we want to fund?

We want to fund organisations which will make a difference in their local neighbourhood, focusing on the following priorities:

  • Education and learning
  • Poverty deprivation
  • Work and the local economy
  • Health & well-being, including physical and mental health
  • Homelessness
  • Social isolation
  • Supporting people with disabilities

What can I spend the money on?

  • Capital work (e.g., equipment, building works or repairs, provided you own or lease the building/land being built on or repaired)
  • Revenue, including room hire, volunteer expenses, sessional staff or salaries (e.g., extra hours for an existing staff member, or a short-term contract)
  • Service provision, including e.g., materials, practical and specialist support for groups and activities. 

Application Support

Please read our guidance notes below, answering questions you may have about this programme.

You can contact South Yorkshire Funding Advice Bureau for help or to fine tune your application with their 'Making A Good Application' leaflet

Impact Guide

Impact and Outcomes Guide

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South Yorkshire Community Foundation - Top 10 tips

Ten tips from South Yorkshire Community Foundation to help with your funding application

(PDF, 29.4 KB)

Contact Us

For queries relating to our Community Grants, please contact Grants Officer Roz via the details below who will be able to answer your questions.

Community stories

Funding from this programme delivers a range of results, with community groups making small funding go a long way.

You can read more in our Case Studies section.

Ummeed Group

The Ummeed group have been able to purchase appropriate reading books, cover the cost of a tutor and room hire costs for sessions that help women to break down the barriers in their lives.



A grant of £1,500 allowed Exodus to run regular weekend camps for families, teaching family values and running family orientated activities. This also helped children and young people away from destructive activities.


Meet Jess

Jess is responsible for leading the team that delivers effectively and efficiently the SYCF's Grants Programmes and identifying improved ways of working and streamlining. Jess will be the lead officer for managing SYCF's proactive volunteer recruitment for its panels, recruiting and increasing diversity, training and providing on-going support including an annual panel members event. Her working days are Tuesday to Friday.

Jess O'Neill

Grants and Partnerships Manager

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