South Yorkshire fire chiefs set up £2 million grants scheme

Firefighters tackle a massive fire in Mexborough.  Picture: Tim Ansell
Firefighters tackle a massive fire in Mexborough. Picture: Tim Ansell
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A £2 million fund has been set up by Youth Yorkshire fire chiefs to award grants to community and voluntary groups.

The hope is that the cash grants will be used to help reduce fire-related incidents and accidents across the county.

Members of South Yorkshire Fire Authority, which controls the fire service’s budget, agreed to set up the fund using cash reserves.

Groups will be able to bid for between £5,000 and £250,000 to support projects which will help reduce injuries, save lives and make South Yorkshire safer.

Fire Authority Chairman Coun Jim Andrews said: “For many years, the fire service has been very successful at driving down incidents.

“South Yorkshire is a safer place to live today than it has been at any time in its history.

“As an authority, we know that we can only sustain these improvements by working together with partners to make community safety work joined-up and responding to local needs.

“That’s why we’ve decided to set aside this money, because we know it is only by working alongside community groups, charities and other partner agencies that we can continue to make the lives of the most vulnerable people in society safer.”

Expressions of interest must be made between Mondays, January 6 and February 10.

Visit for more information about the scheme and details on how to apply for the cash grants.