SYCF Community Grants

Community Grants Applications are now open!

Please note:

Following a recent review, we have introduced new criteria for our Community Grants Programme. You will not be eligible for a community grant if have not returned any of your previous grants monitoring report or you have received a community grant in the last two years.

Applications received in this round will be assessed at our March panel. We will be unable to respond to any update requests regarding your application until early April


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?

The Community Grants Programme is now open. The deadline is 9am Monday 8th January 2024.

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. 

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.


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

South Yorkshire Community Foundation - Top 10 tips

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

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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.

Meet Roz

Roz works in the Grants Team and leads on a number of grant programmes available to not-for-profit organisations. Her working days are Tuesday to Friday.

Roz Richards

Grants Officer

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