Reprieve for council small grants fund

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A SMALL grants fund worth £140,000 a year has been reprieved by Sheffield Council’s new Labour administration – which had considered cutting the cashpot and using the money to protect another payments system for voluntary groups. The authority has now found the cash it needs to protect the grant aid budget from elsewhere.

Opposition Lib Dems accused the Labour leadership of making a U-turn – but leader Coun Shaffaq Mohammed said he was ‘pleased’ the small grants fund would survive.

He said: “The small grants fund for this year had already attracted dozens of bids from local community groups.”

Coun Mick Rooney, Labour’s cabinet member for communities, said: “It is a testament to our commitment to community and voluntary organisations that we’ve managed to protect the grant aid budget without cutting the small grants fund.”