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£100,000 of National Lottery funding up for grabs to help Barnsley communities thrive

Next month £100,000 of National Lottery funding will be up for grabs for local groups and organisations working to help Barnsley communities to thrive.

This is thanks to a partnership between Barnsley CVS (Community and Voluntary Services), SYFAB (South Yorkshire Funding Advice Bureau), and The National Lottery Community Fund, the largest funder of community activity in the UK.

The National Lottery Community Fund awards money, raised by National Lottery players, to support ideas and projects that matter to people and communities. Previous grants made in Barnsley include awards to local Second World War veterans undertaking a commemorative visit to European battlefields, training volunteers to coach a football team of Deaf players, a party in Darfield Park, bringing the community together.

Local groups in Barnsley are invited to apply for a share – between £300 and £10,000 - of the funding. Organisations must be based in and focus on Barnsley to be eligible. The deadline for applications is Thursday 27 February 2020.

Applicants will find out whether they have been successful at a live grant-making event - chaired by representatives of the National Lottery Community Fund and Barnsley CVS - on Tuesday 17 March at Barnsley CVS, Priory Campus, S71 5PN.

Abdou Sidibe, Head of Funding for Yorkshire and Humber at The National Lottery Community Fund, said: “We’re proud to award money, raised by National Lottery players across the UK, to support ideas and projects that matter to people and communities. This is a fantastic opportunity for us to listen, collaborate with local groups and organisations, and fund so that good things happen in places like Barnsley.”

John Marshall, Chief Executive of Barnsley CVS, said: “This is an excellent chance for Barnsley groups to get a project off the ground or continue their good work. We are proud to be hosting the first of this type of event in the north of England. I’m sure the grants will make a real difference to people and we are looking forward to hearing all the exciting ideas.”

Interested? To find out more visit To request an expression of interest form, please call Barnsley CVS via 01226 770610 or SYFAB via 01226 320105.

As part of the celebrations for 25 years of The National Lottery, The National Lottery Community Fund has significantly boosted investment in its ‘Awards for All’ funding scheme, which provides a quick way for voluntary or community organisations to apply for smaller amounts of funding between £300 and £10,000.

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About us

We are the largest funder of community activity in the UK – we’re proud to award money raised by National Lottery players to communities across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Since June 2004, we have made over 200,000 grants and awarded over £9 billion to projects that have benefited millions of people. We are passionate about funding great ideas that matter to communities and make a difference to people’s lives. At the heart of everything we do is the belief that when people are in the lead, communities thrive. Thanks to the support of National Lottery players, our funding is open to everyone. We’re privileged to be able to work with the smallest of local group’s right up to UK-wide charities, enabling people and communities to bring their ambitions to life.

Barnsley Community and Voluntary Service (Barnsley CVS)

  • Barnsley CVS provides organisational support for community and voluntary groups, charities working in Barnsley and social enterprise organisations.
  • Volunteer Centre Barnsley is run by Barnsley CVS. It offers support for people wishing to volunteer and for organisations offering volunteer roles.
  • Barnsley CVS is the new name for Voluntary Action Barnsley (VAB) and was formed by joining VAB and Priory Campus.
  • VAB was established in 1978.
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