Funding news a bumper quarter for grant-making

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Last year's Bristol Together Championship brought together boys and girls from different communities to compete together in a football tournament, and then 20 went on an exchange to Bristol's twin city Bordeaux

1. This year, we relaunch the Mayor’s Fund for Bristol

People in Bristol may famously speak 91 different languages but the universal language of football can bring Bristol’s diverse communities together. Mayor Marvin Rees is inviting people to donate to the Mayor’s Fund to support the Bristol Together Championship which brings together boys and girls from across race, class, geographical and faith boundaries. By supporting the appeal to twin 20 Bristol primary schools from totally different communities to their own to form a joint team and compete together in the Bristol Together Championships you can help break down the barriers that divide our city.

Last year the Bristol Together Championship brought together dozens of children from across Bristol including pupils from Headley Park Primary in South Bristol and Millpond Primary in Easton. Together they formed team Headley Pond and made friends from across the city they all call home.

This year we want more young people to benefit from the project and are asking you to help give them the opportunity of a lifetime. As an added bonus, 20 children from four of the twinned participating schools will go on a three-day trip to Bristol’s twinned city of Bordeaux, giving children who are disadvantaged their first trip abroad and on a plane.

On behalf of the Mayor of Bristol we’re managing this charitable fund to meet a range of different needs in Bristol and this year the fund is supporting the Bristol Together Championships.

Watch this clip on YouTube which shows how football is already bringing young people together

Donate online – select ‘Mayor’s Fund for Bristol’ from the drop down menu

2. Bristol projects can now apply for up to £10,000 – or £30,000 for partnership applications – from the Bristol City Council Youth Sector Support Fund

The Youth Sector Support Fund supports Bristol-based organisations working with local children and young people. The fund supports projects and collaborations that result in a diverse range of services for children and young people aged 8-19 years old and a stronger youth and play sector. This fund aims to complement Targeted Youth Services (TYS) contracts by filling gaps in services across the city.

Young people’s talents, ideas and priorities will be central to every grant that we make from the fund. But we also want to see a strengthened youth sector, and this fund can support organisational development, pilot projects and new ways of working. Open until 2021. Find out more here.

The Friends of Hannah More Primary School received a grant last month

3. Over £500,000 went to good causes through us last month

In December 2018 we awarded 78 grants worth £250,000 to good causes across the West of England, plus a further 50 grants worth £250,000 went to good causes across England through the Gannett Foundation Funding.

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Celebration event in the Lord Mayor's Parlour, Guildhall, Bath

4. Bath & West Community Energy Fund awards over £31,000 to help reduce local carbon emissions

On Monday 28 January 17 Bath area community projects which have received funding through the Bath & West Community Energy Fund plus BWCE Fund trustees, BWCE staff and staff from Quartet Community Foundation joined the Mayor and Mayoress of Bath in the Mayor’s Parlour in the Guildhall to celebrate the achievements of the fund and to mark the latest round of grants which awarded over £31,000 to local organisations to reduce carbon emissions.

Bath & West Community Energy (BWCE) Fund has awarded grants totalling £31,204 to 11  organisations to help reduce carbon emissions and address fuel poverty. For the fifth year running, member owned Bath & West Community Energy (BWCE) has given its surplus profits to the independently run BWCE Fund in order to support local communities. The BWCE Fund grant programme is administered by Quartet Community Foundation.

The BWCE Fund aims to address fuel poverty in addition to reducing emissions, and the Panel awarded grants to a range of projects including:

•           Schemes to make community buildings more environmentally friendly such as Percy Community Centre who received £3,700 to install LED lighting in the community centre’s basement, ground floor area and sport hall.

•           Projects around reducing waste/sharing/re-use e.g. Bath Share and Repair who received £950 to invest in resources for the repair cafes.

•           Transport schemes such as Transition Bath who received £3,053 toward the cost of a six-month pilot of the Ride to Work by E-Bike Project, providing a total of 40 employees at Bath-based work places the opportunity to trial the use of an electric bike for 6 weeks each.

•           Projects that improve the outside environment such as Monksdale Allotments Community Orchard who received £522 to purchase trees, hedges and materials to plant a community orchard.

Read the full list of grants awarded through the BWCE Fund in January 2019

•           £500 to Friends of Bathampton Meadows Riverside to purchase and install a recycling bin and an information board for Bathampton Meadows Riverside.

•           £522 to Monksdale Allotments Community Orchard to purchase trees, hedges and materials to plant a community orchard.

•           £950 to Bath Share & Repair to increase the capacity and efficiency of Bath Share & Repair through investing in resources for the repair cafes.

•           £3,053 to Transition Bath toward the cost of a six-month pilot of the Ride to Work by E-Bike Project, providing a total of 40 employees at Bath based work places the opportunity to trial the use of an electric bike for 6 weeks each.

•           £3,660 to Time Bank Plus towards the annual running cost of the group’s ‘Library of Things/Borrow It’ scheme which encourages residents to borrow useful household items rather than buy them.

•           £3,700 to Percy Community Centre to install LED lighting in the Percy community centre’s basement, ground floor area and sport hall.

•           £4,319 to All Saints to install LED strip lighting and LED dimmer spot lighting throughout the Weston Hub building, and also to pay for a digital control system for a completely new heating system throughout the building.

•           £5,000 to Carers Centre B&NES (Care Network) towards secondary glazing for the Carers’ Centre in Bath called Woodlands, to make the building more energy efficient, warmer and reduce noise.

•           £5,000 to Marksbury Village Hall towards installing new insulation and low energy lighting in the hall.

•           £1,500 to Climate Friendly Bradford on Avon toward the cost of installing three water fountains in Bradford-on-Avon with the aim of reducing waste from the use of plastic water bottles.

•           £3,000 to Henstridge Village Hall toward the cost of installing new infra-red heating panels in the ceiling of the hall.

Ryan Ellis WNW; Helen Stevens NSCP; Helen Roy WNW; Julie Newman QCF; Matt Croughan NSCP pictured at Wanted Not Wasted

5. Over £22,000 awarded to local groups to improve health and wellbeing in North Somerset

Last month nine local community organisations received over £22,000 in total to boost the health and wellbeing of disadvantaged people in North Somerset. The North Somerset Community Partnership Fund Grants, administered through Quartet Community Foundation, are targeted at small organisations with charitable aims where a small amount of money can make a significant difference.

One of the grants, £1,000 to Wanted Not Wasted who are based on the Bournville Estate in Weston super Mare, will help young people get support to stop smoking. This month (January 2019) Wanted Not Wasted are launching a new drop-in where the young people can get help to stop smoking, and can talk about drug and alcohol use. The funding will also pay for a monthly drop-in during school time for young people not attending school or training.

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