Applications for Speak Up Small Grants Scheme are now open!

We’re excited to be launching the next round of our Speak Up grants. Apply for a grant of £500 - £1000
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What are the Speak Up grants?

We know that local voluntary groups have strong relationships within their communities. The Speak Up grants are a way to help community groups to give a greater voice to the people they support, and encourage people to speak up about their experiences of health and social care.

With a grant of £500-£1000, we'd like you to plan a project to hear from the people you work with. This could be interviews, surveys, focus groups or something more creative.

The aim is to improve health and social care services by making recommendations based on people's real experiences. To find out more about the grants programme, and what has been achieved in previous years, visit our Speak Up page here.

This year's a little different

This year, we wanted to make the Speak Up grants programme more accessible. We know it's not a large grant, and we want to make sure that smaller community groups who don't have lots of capacity can still apply. So we’ve have stripped back the application so it's less demanding. We hope that smaller, grass-roots groups, who may have little, or no regular funding, will be able to apply more easily.

Why should you take part?

Perhaps you know that the people you work with face barriers to accessing care? Maybe the health and care system isn’t communicating properly, or people just aren’t getting the treatment they should expect?

By helping us to hear from people across the city, you can make change. Together we’ll make recommendations, helping services to provide the care that people in Sheffield actually need, based on real experiences.

Interested in applying?

You can find the application form and guidance below.

If you would like to have an informal chat about applying, or have any questions, contact Holly Robson:

0114 253 6688

Applications for grants close on Monday 8th February 2021. For more details about timescales, please see the guidance notes.


Download our guidance for applying below. You can apply online using the Google Forms link, or you can download the PDF if you'd like to post it to us.

Speak Up grants guidance

Speak Up grants - apply online

Speak Up grants - apply by post 

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