Sheffield City Council has opened applications for the Community Fund. The scheme which has had various editions through the last few years is available to community groups that want to improve their local neighbourhood.

One of the projects financed by the scheme included murals created in Burngreave, Sheffield. The Furnival, a local charity, applied for the funding for the art installation in the area.

Julie D’Souza Walsh, 60, Projects and Development Manager at The Furnival, explained why the charity decided to get involved in the project. 

She said: “We applied for funding for the mural, aware that outdoor activities would be a good way to engage with the community during covid. We wanted to improve the area with some colour for the local residents as well as providing a rewarding outdoor activity.” 

As a consequence, two murals were created earlier this year. 

The first one called ‘We all live under the same sun’ was painted during the Easter holidays by children from the area under the supervision of local artist Ali Bird.  The second mural was created by local residents Ali and Warda. It became a part of the new community garden in the Burngreave area. 

Miss D’Souza Walsh said: “Local families are really enjoying the murals, they make the area feel more welcoming and special.”

 She added: ”We will engage in future community funds because as a small local charity they are a great way for us to support the community. I like the fact that it enables local projects for the residents of Burngreave and helps us provide activities and improve the environment.”

Community Fund applications are open for any ‘exciting, innovative projects which would benefit council tenants’ until October, 31.  The application form, signature and grant conditions form and guidance can be found on the dedicated website here