Community Group Awards Are Back!

Rotherham Federation will be presenting the Community Group Awards at the RMBC Tenants Open Day which will be held at the New York Stadium on 10th July 9.30am – 2pm.

We are inviting member groups to apply for the awards which will have both a Gold (£150) and Silver (£50) award in each of the 6 categories.*

The Categories are;

  • Involving People
  • Making a Difference
  • Policies
  • Finance
  • Governance
  • Communication

Applications are available here (all highlighted sections of the PDF can be filled in!) and the criteria can be found here. The criteria shows how you score your group. For scoring please start from 1 and work up to the full 6 points, whatever you score yourself you have to be doing that criteria and all the numbers below it.

Please return your applications to us by email or to Springwell Gardens Community Centre, Eastwood View, S65 1NH

The closing date for the applications will be 31st May 2019.

Good Luck!

*Please note these awards are only for Rotherham Federation organisational members to apply for

The Great British Spring Clean Grant

Keep Britain Tidy are running “The Great British Spring Clean” from 22nd March 2019 to 23rd April 2019. Litter picking is needed for all areas and communities are coming together to clear up rubbish as well as building community pride/spirit. Rotherham Federation of Communities are offering £200 per group to help bring the community together and clean up your local area.

For an application form please contact Sarah Fletcher on 01709 368515 or email Closing date for application is Friday 8th March 2019

More Voices and Choices

Tbe Big Lottery Fund is  awarding £272,732 to Rotherham Federation of Communities (Rotherham Federation) for a further 3 years to  enable residents living in eight of Rotherham’s poorest and most excluded areas to become engaged in local life, have an effective voice and be empowered as a community to influence change in their area. The project will train and directly employ 3 full time Community Organisers from our local communities in Rotherham to undertake this work.

Steve Ruffle, Chief Executive Officer of the Federation said “this project will meet continue the excellent community organising work we have been undertaking during the last three years. We are using the innovative Community Organisers approach to involve local people in planning and delivering community change.”  Community organisers will help support local people get their views listened to, support them to run their own activities and bring community groups together.

Rotherham Federation supports communities to grow and develop, working with them to build their sense of belonging, community pride and spirit. We work with and through grass roots community groups that are committed to bringing communities together, giving all communities a voice and creating local solutions to local issues.

The Big Lottery Fund supports the aspirations of people who want to make life better for their communities across the UK and  are responsible for giving out 40% of the money raised by the National Lottery for good causes and invest over £650 million a year in projects big and small in health, education, environment and charitable purposes.  Since the National Lottery began in 1994, £33 billion has been raised and more than 450,000 grants awarded.

For more details of the More Voices and Choices project funded by the Big Lottery Fund  contact Steve Ruffle on 01709 368515 or by email at  The Federation  is based at Springwell Gardens Community Centre.

Getting Online Small Grants Distributed

Rotherham Federation are pleased to announce that, with funding from Rotherham Borough Council, a total of 16 Applications for the “Getting Online” Grant were successful and have received grants for their Group to help residents “get online”.

Treeton Community Centre – £300 towards start up of a Digital Cyber Café

Aspire Community Hub – Running Digital Sessions to users – £300

Friends of Rosehill Park – £300 to turn knit and natter sessions into Digital Sessions

Crafty Talk – £288 for MiFi units/tablets to get online

Bakersfield Court – £300 towards Tutor for computer course sessions

Action Housing – Run Digital Drop in Sessions for users – £300

MVNA – Digital Sessions run at the library – £300

UMMEED – £300 to do digital sessions for service users

Rotherham District Explorer Scouts – £300 for MiFi units across the borough

Rotherham Drop in Community Centre – £250 for MiFi and Digital Sessions to users

Hellaby Community Project – £300 towards WIFI and Tutor Sessions

Harley Village Mission Room Trust – £300 for Tablets to offer Digital Sessions

Asian Ladies Society – £280 towards tutor costs for Computer Course

Swinton Community Focus Group – £300 towards running digital sessions to users

Fitzwilliam Association – £300 for MiFi and tablets to run digital sessions

Leverton Way TARA Group – £274.99 for WIFI and Digital Sessions to users

£2161 of community engagement grants released

Keen to get the communities of Rotherham engaging with one another, Rotherham Federation offered grants to Community Groups/Tenants and Residents Associations, up to £200 for a project in their local area.

After a fantastic response we are delighted to announce that £2161.97 was issued to 11 TARAS/Community Groups around Rotherham, all of which will be used to bring their local community together.

Community Groups/TARAs who applied and were successful are:

  • Aston Carnival £200
  • Canklow Rainbow Kids Club £200
  • Hellaby Community Project £200
  • High Nook TARA £200
  • Friends of the Rotherham African Drummers £200
  • Bakersfield Court TARA £200
  • The Lings Monday Club £200
  • Friends of Turner Close £175
  • Greenside Residents Association £200
  • Oaktrees TARA £200
  • Rotherham Pride £186.97

Rotherham Federation’s Company Secretary  Mr Terry Adair said “Without these grants the smaller groups wouldn’t be able to flourish or deliver their projects, this is so important to them by creating & building community spirit.  Giving them their own autonomy & recognition to achieve their target”

10th Round of Thurcroft Small Grants Allocated

12 small grants totalling £1420 were approved by the Thurcroft Big Local grants panel on Monday 5th March 2018. Amongst those grants distributed, Thurcroft Welfare Brass Band received £200 for assistance with cost of repair of some of their instruments, Hotshots Junior Theatre £200 for costumes, props and hall rental, Thurcroft Miners Welfare £200 for equipment to help maintain their grounds and Thurcroft Youth Club £180 for some room dividers.

This is the tenth set of grants allocated by the Thurcroft Big Local Partnership. All the projects support one of the three themes in the Thurcroft Big Local Plan- community pride, regeneration or children and young people. Tony Simmonds, local resident and a member of the grants panel said “though consisting of small amounts of money, these small grants help community groups and volunteers make a big difference to Thurcroft life”. 95 small  grants have now been distributed in the village.

These grants have been made possible through a Big Lottery Fund investment and managed by Local Trust supported by charitable company  Rotherham Federation of Communities Ltd (RotherFed). More information available from Steve Ruffle on 01709 368515 or email

Name of group applying What is it for?


How much allocated?
Thurcroft Infants School Books and take home bags £50
Thurcroft Bowling Club Summer/Spring and Autumn/winter fertiliser £100
Aughton Early Years Centre Disco during the Easter holidays. ‘Disco George’, Hire of venue, refreshments/prices £100
Thurcroft Welfare Brass Band Assistance with cost of repair for some of their instruments £200
The Willows School Equipment for clean up £100
Thurcroft Youth Club 2 room dividers to corner off an area were discussions can be held and young people can sit together and chat £180
Thurcroft Friday Circle To pay for speakers on various subjects to come to monthly meetings £100
Thurcroft Miners Welfare Recreational Ground Maintaining ground for sporting events. £200
The Friday Club Art materials for various activities for family craft sessions £100
Hotshots Junior Theatre Costumes, props and hall rental £200



Rotherham Housing Staff Awards 2018

Nominations for a staff member from Rotherham Council, Fortem or Mears who have done that little bit extra to help council tenants in 2017-2018 . Nominations must come from a Rotherham Council tenant.

Awards will be presented at the Tenant Conference on the morning of Tuesday 3rd July 2018 at New York Stadium.

Closing date for nominations is Friday 15th June 2018.