Cash for the community

Cash for the community

THE Rotherham Advertiser has partnered with South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner Dr Alan Billings to offer small grants of up to £1,000 to voluntary groups and non-profit organisations in Rotherham.

Dr Billings has provided the Rotherham Advertiser with £25,000 over the past two years to be awarded to community groups that help others by supporting his police and crime plan priorities of protecting vulnerable people, tackling crime and anti-social behaviour and treating people fairly.

If you are a community group that wants to or currently runs a project that helps young people, vulnerable people or provides support to those that may find themselves needing extra help to combat issues that could lead them to becoming involved in crime or a victim of crime, then you are eligible to apply for up to £1,000 of the £10,000 newly made available.

You will need to complete the form below including as much detail as possible.  

We have tried to keep the form simple, but it will help your application if you can provide a full explanation of:

•    What is your project
•    Who will benefit from your project
•    How the funding will be spent and what on – this does need to be detailed as evidence of spend/receipts will be required
•    How long the project will last
•    How will your project benefit the lives of others
•    How will you target those that you wish to help

Please forward your application form to Rotherham Advertiser, Brookfields Way, Manvers, Rotherham, S63 5DL.

All applications will be considered by a grant panel that consist of Andrew Mosley, Rotherham Advertiser editor, Jamie Noble, head of community at Rotherham United Community Sports Trust, Chief Inspector Chris Foster from South Yorkshire Police, John Breckin, ex-professional footballer and Rotherham United legend, and former Advertiser reporter Michele Vincent, along with Alex Heeley and Samantha Mawson from the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner.

The panel will assess your application and award funding to projects that identify a need for that service and can demonstrate that they support the police and crime plan priorities.

Applications must be for specific projects. Unfortunately we are unable to contribute to projects in excess of £1,000, staff and running costs. Funding can be provided for youth worker hours, coaching hours, project workers, room hire and equipment.

If you are successful, we will arrange for a member of the panel to come out and meet with you and find out more about the project to be included in the Rotherham Advertiser.

For groups that would like to apply for funding over £1,000, the Police and Crime Commissioner has a community grant scheme providing grant funding of up to £5,000.  Organisations may only receive funding from one scheme in any financial year, but you may apply to both, but make it clear that you have applied to both.

Successful grants recipients so far have included cash for the Aspire Community Hub to support adults 18+ who have mental health issues and/or learning disabilities and other support needs; money for the Rotherham Talking Newspaper; various scout groups; MIND in Mexborough Library; Ferham Festival; Eastwood Let’s Play Outside Project; Young Archers, Canklow Rainbow Kids Club, Thurcroft Community Welfare Bowls Club; Lantern walks; Waverley Speed Watch, a Big Pond clean-up project at Winterhill School; summer schools and craft sessions; Duke of Edinburgh schemes; Rotherham Pride and craft-making at Canklow Kidz.

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