South Yorkshire Community Resilience Fund

Please read the following text before beginning your application.

We know that Covid-19 has hit our communities hard, but it has been inspiring to see charities, social enterprises and local community groups pulling together and achieving remarkable things. However, just at the moment when our communities need them the most, charities and community organisations have seen their income devastated by Covid-19 and the lock-down.

That’s why the South Yorkshire Community Resilience Programme will make grants to charities and community organisations delivering essential services to vulnerable people: supporting the resilience of these vital charities and community organisations.

Please consider before applying: We anticipate this fund will be highly oversubscribed so please ensure that you fill in the full application with as much detail as possible, to give your application the best chance of succeeding. 

Aims and priorities:

The South Yorkshire Community Resilience Fund will make grants to charities and community organisations:

– To ensure essential services are provided to vulnerable people, both in the short and long term through increased community support for the work of charitable organisations.

– To reduce closures of charities that provide essential services to vulnerable groups during the Covid-19 crisis by ensuring they have the financial resources to operate, thereby reducing the burden on public services.

– To sustain vital charitable work due to the added pressures brought about by Covid-19 and different fundraising techniques.

– To fund those charities and community organisations adjusting their services and activities to respond to future delivery.

– It’s really important that your application makes clear not just what your organisation does, but what difference it makes to your community. Understanding your impact doesn’t have to be complicated. We have a guide to impact to help you. 

Who can apply?

South Yorkshire Community Resilience Grants are for charities and other not-for-profit community organisations in South Yorkshire. This includes charities, community groups and social enterprises. To be eligible for a grant you must:

– Have a governing document (e.g. a constitution or memorandum of association),

– have a board or management committee of at least three unrelated people,

– have a bank account in the name of the group requiring at least two unrelated signatories, and

– have beneficiaries who live in South Yorkshire and,

– be locally led and run.

Our South Yorkshire Community Sector Resilience Survey showed that medium sized charities have been hardest hit by the crisis. That is why we will give priority to applications from charities and community organisations whose annual income last financial year was between £10,000 and £500,000. However, smaller and larger organisations will also be welcome to apply if they can demonstrate that they are delivering essential services.

Priority will be given to local organisations. We will only fund local offices or branches of a national charity if they have their own local management committee, manage their own local finances, and they can show that they are delivering essential services to vulnerable people in South Yorkshire.

How much can I apply for?

Charities and community organisations can apply for grants of up to £15,000 per year for up to two years (i.e. for a total of up to £30,000 over two years).

Grants will be limited to 25% of your income last financial year, so we expect many grants will be smaller than £15,000. E.g. an organisation with an annual income of £40,000 last year would be able to apply for a grant of up to £10,000 per year for up to 2 years (i.e. a total grant of up to £20,000).

Please note: Due to time restrictions some funding may need to spent by 31st March 2021. Further details of these requirements will be provided with successful applications where applicable. 

What can the money be spent on?

South Yorkshire Community Resilience Grants are intended to support organisations delivering vital services to vulnerable people in South Yorkshire. The grant can be used to fund anything which allows your organisation to do that.

You don’t have to come up with a new project or activity specifically for this grant. If your organisation is delivering essential services for vulnerable people in South Yorkshire, we want to contribute to the general costs of delivering those services.

If your application includes staff costs, we encourage you to pay at least the real Living Wage.

Where relevant, we expect you to shop around to find the best value for money. For any individual items costing over £200 we will expect you to attach a quote to your application.

Partnerships, mergers and shared services

It is a challenging time for charities and community organisations, and funds are limited. We are therefore particularly keen to see organisations working together to reduce duplication and increase efficiency.

We will therefore give priority to applications for costs associated with organisations merging, sharing back-office services, or otherwise working more closely together in ways which reduce costs in the medium-term.

What cannot be funded?

South Yorkshire Community Resilience Grants Cannot be awarded to fund:

– For-profit organisations, statutory organisations (e.g. schools and hospitals) or overseas organisations,

– payments to trustees or directors,

– retrospective funding (activity and costs that have already taken place or repayment of money which has already been spent),

– overseas trips or expeditions,

– grant-making to other organisations and/or individuals,

– organisations or activities primarily for the benefit of animals rather than people,

– activity that promotes a particular political or religious point of view.

We can fund religious organisations (like a church, mosque or gurdwara) delivering activity which benefits the community (for example, running a food bank), but we cannot fund religious services or activity intended to promote a particular religion.

If activity is intended to target a particular group of people (ethnicity, gender, religion, etc.) there should be a good reason for this, for example is this is the best way to redress an existing inequality or to ensure services reach a vulnerable group which would otherwise be underserved or marginalised.

How to Apply?

Follow this link to access the application > 

Please submit your application by no later then Monday 7th December by 9am to be considered.

Contact us if you need more information or help with your application:

If you are unsure about any of the above text or have any other queries then please contact the Grants Team via email grants@sycf.org.uk

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