SYCF Flood Relief Fund Grants for Community Groups

SYCF Flood Relief Fund Grants for Community Groups

The Flood Disaster Recovery Programme is supported by generous local donations to our Flood Disaster Appeal.

These grants are intended to fund community groups and organisations supporting the recovery and resilience of communities following the South Yorkshire Floods in late 2019.

How much can I apply for?

Up to £15,000 over 3 years (i.e. up to £5,000 per year).

When can I apply?

Flood Relief Fund Grants for Community Groups is open for applications now.

To be assessed by our next panel, please complete your application by 2 November 2020.

Aims and priorities:

We aim to fund organisations supporting people in the specific geographic areas affected by the 2019 South Yorkshire Floods.  We are particularly keen to fund local organisations based in those areas.  Our aim is to support the resilience of those communities.  This could include funding community organisations to deliver:

  • Advice and guidance around insurance
  • Debt advice
  • Counselling
  • Mental health services
  • Activity to build community cohesion

These are just some examples, not an exhaustive list.  We really want to hear your ideas around what would make communities stronger.

It’s really important that your application makes clear not just what you want to do, but what difference you think it will make to communities affected by the floods.  Understanding your impact doesn’t have to be complicated.  We have a guide to impact to help you.

Who can apply?

Flood Disaster Recovery Grants are for not-for-profit community organisations in the areas of South Yorkshire affected by the 2019 floods.  This includes charities, community groups, clubs and 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 the areas of South Yorkshire affected by the 2019 floods, and be locally led and run.

Priority will be given to local, grass-roots organisations, and to volunteer-led organisations.

We will only fund local offices or branches of a national charity if they have their own local management committee and manage their own local finances.

What about Community Interest Companies and other companies?

We will give priority to volunteer-led organisations: this means organisations which do not pay their directors or trustees for their time (although grants can be used to pay wages of staff delivering services).

Many Social Enterprises are set up as Community Interest Companies, allowing them to pay their directors.  This is a perfectly legitimate structure, and might be right for your organisation, but it does not fit with the “volunteer-led” focus of our Community Grants.  Community Interest Companies and other companies which pay their directors are not eligible to apply for SYCF’s Community Grants.  Another programme, like the Social Enterprise Exchange, might be a better fit.

What about individuals?

These grants are for community organisations.  There is a separate process for individual households affected by the floods: if you or an individual looking for a grant please see our website for more information.

What can the grant be spent 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?

Flood Relief Fund Grants for Community Groups cannot be awarded to fund:

  • For-profit organisations, statutory organisations (e.g. schools and hospitals) or overseas organisations
  • Payments to trustees or directors
  • 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.

If activity is intended to target a particular group of people (ethnicity, gender, religion, etc.) there should be a good reason for this, for example is this is the best way to redress an existing inequality or to ensure services reach a group which would otherwise be underserved or marginalised.

How do I apply?

To apply, please complete our online application form here.

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.

Payment:

If the panel decide to award a grant, we will inform you by email and pay the grant by BACS transfer.  If the grant is for more than £5,000, it will usually be paid in annual instalments, with each payment conditional on a progress report.

Reporting:

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 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’re ready to apply, complete the online application form here.

If you would like more information or to discuss your application please get in touch with the Grants Team via grants@sycf.org.uk.

You can find our top 10 tips for your application here.

If you are based in Barnsley or Sheffield, and you would like more support to make an application, please contact our colleagues at SYFAB who will be happy to help you.