Bristol 2015 launches New Grant Fund

Bristol 2015 has launched a second wave of funding to help make Bristol a ‘happier, healthier city’. Bristol 2015, the organisation set up to facilitate Bristol’s year as European Green Capital in 2015, is has made a £250,000 worth of grants available to organisations to support and enable sustainable living in Bristol and the wider region.

The new Bristol 2015 Small Grants Fund, which will provide grants of up to £10,000 for eligible organisations in and around Bristol, follows on from the Bristol 2015 Neighbourhood Partnerships Fund launched earlier this year. It also forms part of the £2million worth of funding Bristol 2015 has secured to support and inspire activity for Bristol’s European Green Capital year.

Andrew Garrad, Chairman of Bristol 2015 Ltd, said: “Bristol’s communities have been coming up with ideas to improve sustainability in the city for many years. While there is no shortage of innovation and enthusiasm, securing the necessary financial support can be a challenge. This new fund will help projects become a reality during 2015 and beyond, bringing benefits to Bristol and the wider region.”

George Ferguson, Mayor of Bristol and Bristol 2015 Ltd Board member, said: “This funding provides a great opportunity for organisations to play their part in making Bristol an even better place to live and work as the city prepares to take on its title of European Green Capital on January 1st. We particularly want to encourage applications from local voluntary and community organisations where a small amount of money can make a significant difference. I’m delighted that this is to be handled by Quartet Community Foundation who have the right expertise to ensure we maximise the benefit of these grants across the city.”

Organisations can find out more information including how to apply online by visiting www.bristol2015.co.uk, or they can request an application form to be sent by post by calling Quartet Community Foundation on 0117 989 7700. Applications will be accepted at the following four dates, with decisions following approximately six weeks later:

  •  October 17th, 2014
  • January 5th, 2015
  • April 6th, 2015
  • July 1st, 2015

Today’s announcement is the second grant-funding programme launched by Bristol 2015. The Neighbourhood Partnerships Fund, launched in June, was specifically created to support projects at a neighbourhood level while the Small Grants Fund will be open to projects that will benefit the wider city and region. Applications are still being considered for the Neighbourhood Partnership Fund – more information can be found on www.bristol2015.co.uk  or by emailing neighbourhood.partnerships@bristol.gov.uk.

Bristol 2015 will also launch approximately £1.5million of additional funding in October for larger strategic grants of £25,000 to £50,000.

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