The Mayor’s Fund for Bristol Grant

This grant programme is open for applications all year.

Maximum grant awarded:
£2,000

Since taking office in 2016, Mayor of Bristol Marvin Rees has committed the Mayor’s Fund for Bristol to tackling the problems of housing and homelessness, supporting organisations and charities working to provide medium to long term solutions and systematic change.

Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol

Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol

“It is unacceptable that some of our city’s most vulnerable citizens don’t have anywhere to call home. We need to work together to create a society that works for everyone.

“I would like to invite you to join me in rallying round in support of our communities, and the many frontline groups that are delivering practical solutions to try and end homelessness. One way you can do this is by donating to the Mayor’s Fund that will be dedicated to looking at funding longer term solutions to homelessness over the next four years.

“We’re committed to reducing rough sleeping and all forms of homelessness, but as with many issues we cannot solve this problem alone. There are already considerable partnership efforts directed towards this, but this is a very complex issue and we need to come up with radical solutions to see real change.

“Street homelessness is just the tip of the iceberg and short terms interventions to help alleviate the problem are vital. However, we also need to invest in longer term initiatives and look at how we can get to the real root causes of homelessness and make a difference where it counts.” – Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol

What is the Mayor’s Fund for Bristol?
Anyone can donate to The Mayor’s Fund for Bristol. We manage the Fund on behalf of the Mayor here at Quartet, and the money raised is awarded as grants to charities and social enterprises addressing important social issues in Bristol. All grant decisions are independent of Bristol City Council. To donate to the fund, read more or donate now.

The Fund is aimed at making a significant difference to the every-day lives of people in Bristol facing the challenges and barriers posed by having insecure housing or no housing at all. The Fund will remain focused on homelessness for the next four years, in line with the priorities of the newly established City Office, which is committed to providing both short and long term solutions to the homelessness problems in the city.

As an immediate response to homelessness in Bristol, the City Office is supporting the Rough Sleeping Partnership’s Safer off the Streets crowd-funding campaign to give a boost to Bristol’s homeless night shelters this winter. Their campaign aims to raise £100,000 to fund more emergency bed spaces this winter. Find out more here.

While this short-time support offers a safety net for those in crisis over the winter, The Mayor’s Fund aims to develop a long-term strategy, finding and supporting meaningful and innovative solutions to homelessness in Bristol.

What can you apply for?
To be eligible for a grant from the Mayor’s Fund for Bristol Grant Programme your application must be able to demonstrate how your project supports people who have been homeless (usually single people) and are on a journey to independence.

Examples of eligible projects might include:
• Welcome packs for new tenants
• Support with literacy and numeracy skills
• Preparation for returning to education and training
• Help with job search and interviews
• Items to help turn a house into a home

Who can apply?
The Mayor’s Fund for Bristol Grant is targeted at small organisations with charitable aims where a small amount of money can make a significant difference. Applicants must be based and working in Bristol.

Please download and read the guidelines below before applying for a grant.

Apply online using the link below. You can return to your online application form as many times as is needed, and save it as you go along. The online application link can also be shared with colleagues, or other parties, if more than one person needs to contribute to the application. Alternatively you can request a hard copy application by post by contacting our office.