£2.5m grants for volunteers

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FUNDING totalling £2.5 million is set to be awarded to Sheffield voluntary and community groups over the coming year.

The sum is £300,000 lower than in the 2012-13 financial year as the council makes £50 million of cuts.

Some £1.6 million of the money has been identified for specific organisations while £724,000 is being held back to spend over the year. Lunch clubs are to receive £170,000.

The allocations are set to be approved by Sheffield Council’s cabinet on Wednesday.

In a report to councillors, chief executive John Mothersole said: “The grants support activities and services that benefit citizens, including services for people experiencing domestic abuse, vulnerable adults, older people and minority communities.”

Grants are to be allocated on several themes:

■ Better health and wellbeing

■ Tackling poverty

■ Increasing Social Justice

■ Safe Communities.

But successful applicants have been warned that the size of grants will be lower than in previous years - meaning they will have to make savings, including job losses.

Groups awarded funding are: Ben’s Centre for Vulnerable People, City of Sanctuary, Emmaus Sheffield, Haven House Project, Heeley City Farm, Languages Sheffield, Mental Health Action Group, Roshni Asian Women’s Resource Centre, Shebeen, Sheffield and District African Caribbean Association, Sheffield Association for Voluntary Teaching of English, Sheffield Chinese Community Centre, Sheffield Chinese School, Sheffield Community Transport, Sheffield Rape and Sexual Abuse Counselling Service, Sheffield Women’s Aid, Shopmobility Sheffield, St Wilfrid’s Centre, Voluntary Action Sheffield, Young Women’s Housing Project, Sheffield Domestic Abuse Outreach Service, Tinsley Advice Service, Yemeni Community Association Sheffield, Voluntary Action Sheffield, FUSE Partnership, South Yorkshire Funding Advice Bureau, Together for Regeneration, Voluntary Action Sheffield, Creative Pathways.