Funding help for community groups in Barnsley

The launch of a new service is set to help communities across Barnsley access funding to run a range of activities.

Barnsley Council has worked with South Yorkshire Funding Advice Bureau (SYFAB) to provide a Funding Advice Coordinator for the area. Karen Walke will start her new position this month, working with groups across the borough to help them find the right funders for their activities. Lunch clubs, toddler groups youth organisations, those offering sessions on employment and IT skills could all benefit from the service.

As well as accessing funding, groups will also be able to get support for putting bids together. The coordinator will run workshops across the borough as well as giving individual support by phone, email or meetings.

Karen Walke, SYFAB’s Funding Advice Coordinator for Barnsley, said:

“I’m delighted to be working in Barnsley again. SYFAB has only been able to offer online support over recent years, but we know there’s no substitute for the personal touch in encouraging less confident groups to try for funding. There’s money out there, you just need to know where to look and how to apply.”

Cllr Jenny Platts, Cabinet Spokesperson for Communities at Barnsley Council, said:

“We’re looking forward to SYFAB’s support to help our community groups access more external funding opportunities. So many organisations are working hard to make a difference for Barnsley communities and this new service will provide extra support to help sustain this valued work.”

SYFAB is a service run by local grant making charity, South Yorkshire’s Community Foundation
The service will be available from Monday 7 August. For more information contact Karen on 01226 320105 or