The Deakin and Withers Fund

This Fund, administered by South Yorkshire’s Community Foundation, allows women to apply for a grant of upto £750 to ease financial difficulty and hardship if they meet the following criteria.

  • Over 40 years old
  • Single, divorced, or widowed women who are in need or hardship
  • Active members of a Church (view the full list on Churches Together’s website)

The money can be used to pay utility bills or for household items, but it cannot go towards anything that has already been paid for, or holidays.

Established in 1852, the Deakin & Withers Fund was founded thanks to the legacy of Thomas Deakin, a Sheffield businessman. South Yorkshire’s Community Foundation are dedicated to ensuring that legacy can continue to help people, such as Jane (not her real name), who was able to pay off the funeral costs of her late husband.

Supporting information required for the application are:

  • Identification in the form of a passport, birth certificate or driver licence
  • Recent 3-months bank statement
  • Proof of address

How to apply?

Before applying, please read the guidelines as it explains the process such as the application form being required to be read and witnessed by a Member of the Church before submission. Our Grants team may contact the Minister for the Church for further details or speak with you to request more evidence.

You can download the application form here and return it to South Yorkshire’s Community Foundation at the address below:

The Campus,

Pack Horse Lane,

High Green,


S35 3HY

Contact Us

If you have any questions, please contact our Grants Team:


Tel: 0114 242 4294

Could your Church or centre help promote the Deakin and Withers Fund?

South Yorkshire’s Community Foundation is currently trying to spread awareness of this funding opportunity so Churches can share it with their members. We want more people to be able to benefit from this fund and your help spreading the word could make a big difference to people’s lives!

You can help by downloading our poster to put on display at your Church or centre by clicking here.

If you think you could help then email so we can provide you with the information you need.