Sheffield community groups urged to bid for cash

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A South Yorkshire organisation is inviting community and voluntary groups across Sheffield the chance to grab a share of £550,000 to address health issues in the city.

South Yorkshire Community Foundation is preparing to hand groups up to £50,000 each after receiving funding from the NHS Sheffield Clinical Commissioning Group.

The fund is only open until February 23, so groups looking for a share of the pot have been urged to get in quick.

The cash will be given to support groups dealing with ‘current health priorities’ or for mental health.

Grants are available for up to £50,000 for general health priorities and up to £25,000 for mental health.

Tim Furness, director of business planning and partnerships at NHS Sheffield CCG, said: “The CCG is providing this one-off funding to enable organisations to continue doing things that contribute to the CCG’s aims over the longer term, by ensuring that those activities are sustainable.

“The monies distributed will have a major impact on the community, directly benefiting the residents of Sheffield.

“We are pleased to be able to work with SYCF on this initiative, as they have an excellent track record in managing and distributing large grants programmes.”

Ruth Willis, CEO of SYCF, said: “We are delighted to be able to have the opportunity to distribute these monies on behalf of the CCG.

“The fund, which is now open to voluntary and community groups for applications, fits with the aims and objectives of SYCF and our expertise in grant making.

“The funding is open to a wide range of groups and must support the CCG’s priorities for 2014-15.

“These priorities include reductions in urgent hospital admissions, supporting those with long-term conditions to keep well, improving the health of people with mental health problems and learning disabilities and initiatives working to give children a better quality of life.”

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