New Cost of Living Fund launched to help local communities

A new grants programme launched by South Yorkshire’s Community Foundation (SYCF) is aiming to support communities with the cost of living crisis as funding of £5,000 is made available for community groups.

An overhead shot of a woman putting food in a basket

Projects could involve improving food accessibility, reducing fuel poverty, providing debt advice to communities, and contributing to a group’s overall costs if its general activity is relevant to reducing the cost of living.

There is an opportunity for groups across Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield to partner up with other organisations in joint-bids that could result in up to £10,000 being awarded.

This programme is testament to the generosity of people in our region who could and wanted to donate their energy bill rebates to our online fund which has reached over £30,000

In launching the Fund, supported by the financial contribution of the South Yorkshire Mayor Oliver Coppard in October 2022, what followed was the kindness of people as contributions came through including an anonymous donor giving £10,000 before Christmas.

We have seen the demand from community groups wanting to help people on the ground through the challenges cost of living brings.

SYCF Chief Executive Ruth Willis

The deadline for applications is 12 noon on Monday 13th March, with community groups able to apply via SYCF’s website at:

The Energy Bills Support Scheme, announced by the Government in October 2022, allowing households to receive a discount on their energy bills, will end in April. People who can and want to donate their energy bill rebates can do so through SYCF’s Just Giving page.


Notes to Editors:

South Yorkshire’s Community Foundation helps to support and build strong resilient communities across the region. It provides community groups with grant funding through its many donors, to help people facing hardship and disadvantage alongside those working to improve the communities they live in. SYCF connects people, who care about South Yorkshire and want to invest in supporting the Foundation to build stronger and healthier communities. Over the last 36 years South Yorkshire’s Community Foundation has awarded more than £36 million in community grants.