Increasing our grant-making to meet growing demand

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Long Ashton Nature, Community & Environment Trust were awarded a Megawatt Community Energy Grant to create a community wildflower meadow

Last month we awarded 100+ grants to support activities ranging from baby groups to dementia activities, and counselling services to new wildlife ponds. In total these grants were worth more than £840,000.

We’re currently experiencing high demand for grant programmes such as our Resilience Programme. In July 2021 we awarded over £369,000 to 39 groups through this new grant programme. Unfortunately this programme was very oversubscribed, so we couldn’t support as many projects as we’d have liked. 

Find out who received grants last month – here’s a small selection:

·         £25,200 to Learning Partnership West for a partnership offering youth work sessions in Lockleaze, Lawrence Weston, Henbury and Brentry. (Bristol City Council Youth Sector Support – Partnerships)

·         £5,000 to CHAS Bristol (Churches Housing Aid Society) for their housing advice service, helping them meet growing demand during Covid-19. (Express Grant)

·         £1,550 to Southdown Whiteway Church and Community Partnership for the Baby Group for new parents, Covid-secure toddler groups and a new Dads Group. (Express Grant)

·         £4,471 to Long Ashton Nature, Community & Environment Trust (LANCET) to create a community wildflower meadow on former arable land to capture carbon, increase biodiversity and improve soil health. (Megawatt Community Energy Grant)

·         £20,000 to Alive Activities for a community-based Meeting Centre in North Somerset offering support to people with mild/moderate dementia, helping them live at home longer and enjoy better quality of life. (North Somerset Community Partnership Fund Grant)

·         £1,500 to Blaise Community Garden Environment to connect a Victorian cistern pond to their garden water supply, so they can use rainwater to water flowers, vegetables, and trees. (Wessex Water Environmental Fund)