The Barnsley Chronicle has partnered with Dr Alan Billings, South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner to offer small grants of up to £1,000 to voluntary groups and non-profit organisations in Barnsley.

Dr Billings has provided the Chronicle with £25,000 over the past two years to be awarded to community groups that help others by supporting his police and crime plan priorities of protecting vulnerable people, tackling crime and antisocial behaviour and treating people fairly.

If you are a community group that wants to or currently runs a project that helps young people, vulnerable people or provides support to those that may find themselves needing extra help to combat issues that could lead them to becoming involved in crime or a victim of crime, then you are eligible to apply.

You will need to complete the form including as much detail as possible.

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We have tried to keep the form simple, but it will help your application if you can provide a full explanation of:

  • What is your project
  • Who will benefit from your project
  • How the funding will be spent and what on – this does need to be detailed as evidence of spend/receipts will be required
  • How long the project will last
  • How will your project benefit the lives of others
  • How will you target those that you wish to help

All applications will be considered by a grant panel that consist of Bobby Hassell, Academy Manager at Barnsley Football Club, Goff Griffith, Royal British Legion, Linda Burgess former Mayor of Barnsley, Councillor Margaret Bruff, Chief Inspector Mark James from South Yorkshire Police, Mike Cotton, Deputy Editor Barnsley Chronicle and Samantha Mawson, Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner.

The panel will assess your application and award funding to projects that identify a need for that service and can demonstrate that they support the police and crime plan priorities.

Applications must be for specific projects. Unfortunately we are unable to contribute to projects in excess of £1,000, staff and running costs. Funding can be provided for youth worker hours, coaching hours, project workers, room hire and equipment.

If you are successful, we will arrange for a member of the panel to come out and meet with you and find out more about the project to be included in the Barnsley Chronicle.

For groups that would like to apply for funding over £1,000, the Police and Crime Commissioner has a community grant scheme providing grant funding of up to £5,000. Organisations may only receive funding from one scheme in any financial year, but you may apply to both, but make it clear that you have applied to both.