Sheffield Town Trust

Frequently Asked Questions


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1. Who does the Town Trust support?

“Charitable and public uses for the benefit of Sheffield as a whole and its inhabitants”. Accordingly the Trust can award grants to charities and organisations whose aim is to help Sheffield and those living in Sheffield.

2. Who does the Town Trust not support?

The Town Trustees do not award grants to individuals, but only organisations. The Trust does not help charities based outside Sheffield unless the purpose of the charity is to help those in Sheffield.

3. Who are eligible?

Organisations in Sheffield or organisations supporting the inhabitants of Sheffield. The Town Trustees would not normally support applicants for the maintaining or improving of churches but they would consider support for church buildings as long as those buildings will be used by the local community.

4. Who are not eligible?

Individuals are not eligible. Organisations who are not working for the benefit of Sheffield or its inhabitants. The Trustees would not usually award grants to animal charities, political organisations nor religious groups.

5. When do the Town Trustees meet?

The Town Trustees meet in mid February, mid May, mid August and mid November. Applications should be received by 12.00 noon on 15th January, 15th April, 15th July and 15th October for consideration at the Town Trust meetings on each of the following months.

6. How does the Trust deal with national organisations?

The Town Trustees will only make grants to national organisations if it can be established that the grant will be used exclusively in Sheffield or for the benefit of Sheffield or its inhabitants.

7. What type of bodies does the Trust support?

Organisations and charities whose objects are to help Sheffield and Sheffielders. Examples of the organisations which the Trust has supported include:- Those working with elderly people, young people, people with disabilities, the arts, sports and community events. Also projects relating to buildings, heritage and the rural environment.

8. Can a non charity apply?

Yes. They would normally be non profit making organisations carrying out charitable purposes.

9. What will Trustees be looking for in an application?

Normally a Trustee will make contact and may wish to visit eligible applicants. The applicant should be credible and must be able to demonstrate the sustainability of the organisation. The Trustees will be looking to ensure that care has been taken over the application and supporting documents.

10. Is there a typical size of grant awarded by the Trust?

No. Grants range from a few hundred pounds to several thousand pounds depending on the merits of the application and the funds available to the Trust at the relevant time. Many of the grants are between £500 - £3,000.

11. We have received a grant in the past from the Town Trust. How soon can we apply again for funding?

Just because the Town Trustees have awarded a grant it does not preclude a further application. It depends on the circumstances and each application is considered on its merits.

12. If we have made an application to the Sheffield Town Trust but this was rejected can we apply again?

Yes, the refusal may have been discussed with one of the Trustees or the Law Clerk and the application amended. The Trust receives and considers many applications and sometimes there are not sufficient funds to help all the applications which the Trustees would like to help at a particular meeting. It may be worthwhile trying again.


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