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Stronger Safer Communities Reserve fund

4th August 2017

Applications will open later this year for the third round of the Stronger Safer Communities Reserve (SSCR).The Stronger Safer Communities Reserve fund is a South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Authority (SYFRA) scheme which reinvests money into local communities to support our work to prevent emergencies. The money has been set aside from the Authority’s reserves.

The reserve seeks to add value to existing partnerships and to broaden and deepen our prevention work. The fund will enable SYFRA and South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue (SYFR) to support not only its own strategic objectives but those of partners across South Yorkshire, to keep communities safe, healthy and resilient.

We have already delivered two rounds of SSCR funding benefiting more than 40 projects. Partner agencies, registered charities and community organisations are invited to submit expression of interest to deliver a new and innovative project up to two years in length. The maximum amount of funding available for each project is £100,000 the minimum amount of £5000. 

SYFR will be the lead body and will develop service agreements with project sponsors to deliver agreed outcomes.

The funding for round three projects will be allocated according to clearly defined themes, based on analysis of the fire service’s risk criteria. These themes are:

             Water Safety– particularly targeting children and young adults.

             Excluded Groups– including BME and faith communities, LGBT and Roma communities.

             Mental Health– with hoarding, social isolation, dementia and substance misuse being specific issues to address.

             Arson– particularly the deliberate setting of small fires by young people.

             Road Traffic Collisions– particularly focusing on young drivers.

             Health and Social Care– health related issues affecting older people, such as falls.

We are holding a stakeholder event to help potential applicants prepare for the bidding process on the 4th August at our Training and Development Centre in Handsworth. During the event, delegates will be advised on the application process, the funding criteria they must meet and the proposed tools for evaluating the successful projects. They will also have the opportunity to speak with staff from SYFR and interact with previous partners who will have information stalls available during the day.

If you aware of any partners or charities that wish to attend please ask them to email me ( and I will add them to the invite list.

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