2 August 2016

Local councillors are again starting to allocate £300,000 of ‘ward pot’ funding to community groups and projects that will help their communities thrive.

Many are seeking bids from community groups whilst others are allocating funds for local services, equipment and environmental improvements.

Last year more than 300 community groups benefitted from ‘ward pots’. Grants ranged from £250 to help fund cricket coaching in Nether Edge to £1,000 for computer classes in Parson Cross. Brass bands, sports clubs, gardening groups, youth clubs and friendship groups also received funding to tackle local issues such as combatting loneliness and developing skills that can lead to employment.

Councillor Jack Scott, cabinet member for community services at Sheffield City Council, said: “We’re a city of strong and vibrant communities with a lot going on locally.

“I know thousands of people give up their time for free to help with groups and activities that make things better for others and help their local area. This funding is to support this and tackle the things that really matter to local people. A small grant can be priceless as it helps community groups run activities as well as bringing people together.”

The Riva Club Project in Hillsborough was one of the projects that received funding last year to help increase social activity and tackle loneliness. It received £147 to buy a bingo machine which is now used on Friday afternoon bingo sessions at The Old Library Tea Rooms. People attending have said “it’s the only day of the week I manage to get out to meet and speak to people” and “I live alone and enjoy coming here to socialise.”

Local councillors have already been speaking to their communities about this year’s funding which will tackle priorities such as reducing social isolation, improving the local environment, encouraging better health, tackling anti-social behaviour and building cohesion. These are set by local councillors.

More information about the ward pot funding and how to apply is available at www.sheffield.gov.uk/in-your-area/your-local-area/ward-pots or by calling 0114 205 7300.

Visit www.sheffield.gov.uk/councillors for information about local councillors and how to contact them.