Forty great local projects awarded funding in February

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Quartet Chair Robert Bourne visiting the Malcolm X Elders

Thanks to our supporters 40 projects benefited from grants through us last month, boosting their hard work helping people in need to live life to the full.

In total last month we awarded £198,000 in grants to local organisations. The wide range of beneficiaries included refugee and asylum seeking men (thanks to a grant to boost energy effiency in their hostel) and young people with special educational needs, who can now take part in watersports activities.

Already this year we’ve made 80 grants to vital projects improving life for local people.

Here are just five of the grants made in February 2018:

·         £2,402 awarded to Empire Fighting Chance towards a girl and women only boxfit class to run Saturday mornings in Easton and Lawrence Hill (Dan Hickey Fund)

·         £2,500 to Nailsea Tithe Barn Trust towards expanding the Memory Cafe to run twice a month offering activity sessions for people with dementia and a support group for their carers (Express Grants Programme)

·         £7,827 to Off the Record Bristol for a mental health pilot project working with foster carers and young people. Among other things this project will help foster carers support the young people with their mental health, and also offer the young people mental health advice, an allotment volunteering project and a weekly walking group (Catalyst Grants Programme)

·         £600 to Bristol Women’s Voice to provide childcare for 1-10 year olds at this year’s International Women’s Day so the women can fully participate in the event (Express Grants Programme)

·         £6,335 to Dhek Bhal to offer a set of surgeries, workshops and energy surveys to benefit older people attending groups run by Dhek Bhal, Malcolm X Elders, Evergreen Club and Golden Agers Club (Bristol Community Energy Grant)