Sheffield Association in Aid Of the Adult Deaf Community First Fund

The Sheffield Association in Aid of the Adult Deaf Community First Fund has been set up to benefit deaf persons, aged over 16 and residents of Sheffield.

Who can apply?

Aims and priorities:

  • To support the Sheffield deaf community, in particular for the purpose of religious, educational and recreational welfare members of the deaf community aged over 16 and living in Sheffield.

The programme is aimed at community organisations in South Yorkshire.  This includes charities, community groups, clubs and  not-for-profit 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.

What can I spend the money on?

Anything that delivers the impact for your community!  It can be:

  • capital work (e.g. equipment, building works or repairs, provided you own or lease the building/land being built on or repaired)
  • or revenue, including room hire, volunteer expenses, sessional staff or salaries (e.g. extra hours for an existing staff member, or a short-term contract)

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

Don’t forget to include a fair share of overheads like rent or room hire, utilities, and admin or management costs needed to support your project.

For more information about how to develop a project budget, see this SYFAB information sheet.

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

What cannot be funded?

Community Grants cannot be awarded to fund:

  • For-profit organisations, statutory organisations (e.g. schools and hospitals) or overseas organisations
  • 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 (like running a food bank), but we cannot fund religious services or activity intended to promote a particular religion.

The next round of application closing date is by 12 noon on Monday 1st August 2022. Decisions will be announced in October.

How to apply?

Please ensure that you have read all of the information above and are eligible for the available funding before going on to the application stage.

Please click here to apply to this fund. 

What happens after I apply?

Decision making:

  • Your application will be assessed against the criteria, aims and priorities above
  • We may contact you to ask some additional questions, or to arrange an assessment visit to your group
  • Our panel of independent volunteer decision makers will make their decisions
  • The panel’s decision is final.

If your application does not meet our criteria, or if the panel decide it is not a priority for funding, we will contact you to let you know.


If the panel decide to award a grant, we will inform you by email and pay the grant by BACS transfer.


We’re keen to understand what difference our grants make, and to share good stories with our donors and supporters.  We also want you to learn from delivering your project, and to share that learning with us and with others.  Finally, we have to ensure that funding has been appropriately spent, in line with your application and our terms and conditions.

For all of these reasons, we’ll ask you to send us an end of grant report, confirming your expenditure and sharing information about the difference the grant has made to your group and beneficiaries. This must be completed six weeks after the grant has been spent or the activity has finished.  We’ll send you a link to the online end of grant report form with treasurer’s confirmation form around the same time as we make your grant payment.

We might also arrange to come and visit your project, or contact you during the project to discuss your progress.

Contact us

If you would like more information or to discuss your application please get in touch with the Grants Team via

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