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21st February 2017

SCC launch BME Older People's Activity Fund 2017-2020

The purpose of the fund:

In some circumstances, BME older people can face additional barriers to participating in community life or accessing the right information for their health and wellbeing.  For example, past experience indicates that Lunch Clubs have not always worked for all BME communities and this fund is to give BME VCF organisations a chance to try different activities that will reduce loneliness and social isolation, and help people to make new friends and connections.


We are committed to a ‘test and learn’ approach and are looking for innovative applications which, through monitoring and measurement of success and impact, can evidence what people want and what works.


The outcomes that this fund seeks to support are two from the People Keeping Well (PKW) Outcomes Framework.  The two outcomes are:


  • Local Inform and Advise, and
  • Asset Based Community Development


There is £30,000 available each year for three years.

*Please note that the range that can be bid for from the BME Older People’s Fund is now £2,000 to £30,000*.


How to apply:

At this link https://www.sheffield.gov.uk/in-your-area/grants.html you can find information about the new BME Older People’s Fund and the new Tackling Inequalities Fund.


For any questions on any of the funds please contact the Voluntary Sector Liaison Team on 0114 27 34631 or vslt@sheffield.gov.uk




An application form, guidance information and a data pack is available in our document library here


 Application assessment:

 Applications will be assessed by officers and assessments will be presented to a Grants Panel who will make a schedule of grant recommendations according to the budget available. The Cabinet Member for Community Services, (in accordance with the Council’s scheme of Delegations, based on the three year value of the individual awards) will make the final decisions in consultation with the panel.


Applicants will be notified whether or not they are successful in March 2017.

Timetable for applications and awards




Friday 10th March

Applications due in on Friday 10th March by 5pm


Monday 13th-Friday 17th March

Applications assessed by Council officers

Monday 20th-Friday 24th March

Applications considered by Grants Advisory Panel

Monday 27th-Friday 31st March

Cllr Jack Scott to authorise successful applications

Feedback given to unsuccessful groups

Monday 3rd-Friday 14th April

Finalise Funding Agreements and agree monitoring with successful applicants

Friday 21st April

Funding Agreements are signed & returned by 5pm


Monday 24th-Friday 28th April

First payments are made and the activities start


Further information:


If you have any questions please contact:

Email: vslt@sheffield.gov.uk

Telephone: 0114 2734631




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