The generous people giving to community groups across South Yorkshire

Since 1986, philanthropists and businesses have chosen South Yorkshire’s Community Foundation as the vehicle to fulfil their charitable aspirations and give back to the region.

I had considered giving monies to charity for some time, but it was always a dilemma deciding where any contribution would be put to best use. Once I found out about South Yorkshire's Community Foundation, I realised that it was possible to help a broad range of local charities. 

David Price, speaking about setting up a charitable fund in his name

Distribution Funds

  • AESSEAL Lieutenancy Fund
  • Blackstone Edge Wind Farm Community Benefits Fund
  • Blackstone Edge Wind Farm Low Carbon Fund
  • Building Stronger Communities Fund
  • Cost of Living Fund – South Yorkshire
  • Cost of Living Fund – Sheffield
  • Charge Ur Vehicle Fund
  • Deakins & Withers Fund
  • Harry Harpham Foundation Fund
  • Integrated Care Board VCSE Participation Fund
  • Legacy Fund
  • Loscar Wind Farm Community Fund
  • Moving on Up Fund
  • Office Friendly Community Fund
  • Park Spring Wind Farm Community Benefits Fund
  • Sheffield Chamber of Commerce Fund
  • SToRMS: The Dan McAllister Foundation Fund
  • South Yorkshire Climate Action Fund
  • South Yorkshire Crime Fund
  • South Yorkshire & Bassetlaw Green Social Prescribing Fund
  • South Yorkshire Disaster Relief Fund
  • South Yorkshire Health & Wellbeing Mayoral Community Fund
  • South West Enterprise Fund – SWEF
  • TED Distribution Fund
  • The Liz & Terry Bramall Distribution Fund
  • The Young People's Mental Health & Wellbeing Fund
  • Tampon Tax Community Fund
  • Tween Bridge Wind Farm Community Benefits Fund
  • Wesleyan Foundation Fund
AESSEAL and AES Engineering Managing Director, Chris Rea sat in his office


AESSEAL plc holds some of the largest charitable funds managed by South Yorkshire's Community Foundation with assets of £1.8 million in support of our amazing work, striving for economic, social and physical wellbeing across South Yorkshire. 

Over £100,000 was paid in donations to local charities in 2021 and 2022, as a result of capital generated from investments.

"It is a privilege to be able to give," said Chris Rea (pictured left), AESSEAL and AES Engineering Managing Director

Grassroots Endowment Funds

  • AESSEAL Charitable Trust Grassroots Endowment Fund for South Yorkshire
  • Cllr J Drayton Grassroots Endowment Fund
  • Cutlers Company Grassroots Endowment Fund
  • Doncaster Chamber Benevolent Fund
  • Doncaster Community Grassroots Endowment Fund
  • Employment Bond Grassroots for South Yorkshire
  • Grant Thornton Grassroots for South Yorkshire
  • Great Barnsley Grassroots Endowment Fund
  • Great Doncaster Endowment Fund
  • Great Rotherham Grassroots Endowment Fund
  • Great Sheffield Grassroots Endowment Fund
  • Great South Yorkshire Wide Grassroots Endowment Fund
  • Hallamshire Battalion Grassroots Endowment Fund
  • Henry Boot Grassroots Endowment Fund for South Yorkshire
  • HSBC Grassroots Endowment Fund
  • Hugh & Ruby Sykes Grassroots Endowment Fund for South Yorkshire
  • Investec Wealth & Investment Grassroots Endowment Fund for South Yorkshire
  • Lloyd Grassroots Endowment Fund
  • Loscar Wind Farm Community Grassroots Endowment Fund
  • Neil and Julie MacDonald Grassroots Endowment Fund for South Yorkshire
  • P & A Group Grassroots Endowment Fund
  • Rotary Club of Hallam Grassroots Endowment Fund
  • Samuel Roberts Trust Grassroots Endowment Fund
  • Senta Grassroots Endowment Fund
  • SYOF Grassroots Endowment Fund
  • Trustees & Supporters Grassroots Endowment Fund for South Yorkshire
  • UK Steel Enterprise Grassroots Endowment Fund for South Yorkshire
  • Wilkinson Institution Grassroots Endowment Fund
  • William Cook Charitable Grassroots Endowment Fund

We wanted to give something back to the county that is our home. We donate directly to some of the better-known local charities but were also keen to support smaller, grass-roots ones - and this is where South Yorkshire's Community Foundation excels. 

Julie and Neil MacDonald

The Liz & Terry Bramall Foundation Philanthropy Catalyst Endowment Match Challenge Funds

  • David Price Charitable Fund
  • Frank and Pat Carter Family Fund
  • Ken and Janet Cooke Charitable Fund
  • Henry Boot Charitable Fund
  • Mark Dransfield and Deborah Holmes Charitable Fund
  • Marven Gardling Fund
  • Sarah Beckett Charitable Fund
  • Stanley Race Bursary Fund
  • Stanley Race Community Fund
  • The Bloomer Family Rotherham Fund
  • The Gregory Family Fund

Community First Endowment Funds

  • AESSEAL Charitable Trust Community First Endowment Fund For South Yorkshire
  • Community First Fund - South Yorkshire
  • Doncaster Community First Endowment Fund
  • Grant Thornton Community First Endowment Fund
  • Henry Boot Community First Endowment Fund for South Yorkshire
  • R Children's Trust Community First Endowment Fund for Rotherham
  • Sheffield Association in Aid Of the Adult Deaf Community First Fund
  • William Cook Charitable Community First Fund

South Yorkshire's Community Foundation are expert partners in pairing donors with causes that match their values and create shared impact that makes a huge difference for those it supports.

Henry Boot

Endowment Funds

  • Arthur Lee Endowment Fund
  • Barnsley (York & Lancaster) Endowment Fund
  • Deakin and Withers Trust Fund
  • Doncaster Chamber Benevolent Endowment Fund
  • General Endowment Fund
  • Hallamshire Battalion Endowment Fund
  • Heald Head Cottage Endowment Fund
  • Henry Boot Endowment Fund
  • Hepworth Endowment Fund
  • High Sheriff Endowment Fund
  • Hugh & Ruby Sykes Endowment Fund
  • Investec Wealth & Investment Endowment Fund
  • John Laing Endowment Fund
  • JPMorgan Endowment Fund
  • Keepmoat Endowment Fund
  • Mrs Audrey to May Hampshire Lowe Memorial Fund
  • May Hampshire Lowe Memorial Fund
  • Rotherham Community Endowment Fund
  • Sir Samuel Osborn's Deed of Gift Relief Fund
  • South Yorkshire Outdoor Pursuits Trust Endowment Fund
  • Tinsley Relief In Sickness Endowment Fund
  • The Abaculi Endowment Fund
  • The Hunter Community Endowment Fund
  • The Pedder Family Charitable Endowment Fund

Dormant Trust Endowment Funds

  • Barnsley Community Endowment Fund
  • Doncaster Community Endowment Fund
  • George and Clara Ann Hall Endowment Fund
  • Lacewood Trust Endowment Fund
  • Sheffield Benefactors' Endowment Fund
  • Sheffield Community Endowment Fund
  • Sir George Franklin Fund

Acorn Funds

  • Darlison Acorn Fund
  • Jonathan Hunt Family Acorn Fund
  • Josephs Acorn Fund

Meet Michelle

Michelle supports our Strategic Plan through philanthropy, including overseeing the professional services to donors. This includes securing and distributing income against agreed targets by developing and maintaining long term strategic relationships. Her duties include responsibility for the development and delivery of the Foundation’s Fund Development Strategy and the Grant Strategy. Working days: Monday to Friday.

Michelle Dickinson

Head of Philanthropy and Programmes

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