Last month we awarded over £220k to local good causes

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30 Bristol Breakfast Clubs run by FareShare Southwest will benefit from free food to feed children who may otherwise go hungry thanks to a £5,000 grant from our Express Grants Programme

We’re working to provide a bridge between local communities and local philanthropists. One key way we do this is by offering grant funding – a local community may come to us because they’ve discovered an unmet need and want to set up a new pilot project, or perhaps an established project requests continuation funding or another may speak to us because they realise a bit of funding could help them look at how to diversify their income.

Every month we offer a wide range of grants to support local communities. In April we awarded grants through our Catalyst and Express Grants Programmes, the Stoke Park Friends Fund, Somer Valley Small Grants as well as through the Henry Smith Charity and the Youth Social Action Fund (now iwill).

Here are just five of the projects supported last month:

·         £4,000 awarded to Bristol Music Trust toward the Hope Creative music project, providing monthly music sessions to children and young people in care aged 7-18 in Southmead and Filwood. (Express Grants Programme)

·         £2,800 awarded to Congresbury Community Pre-School Playgroup toward the cost of replacing the roof of the portacabin they are based in after it started to leak. (Express Grants Programme)

·         £5,000 awarded to FareShare Southwest toward the cost of setting-up a Breakfast Club Programme. The programme aims to provide free food for Breakfast Clubs in 30 schools based in disadvantaged areas of Bristol. (Express Grants Programme)

·         £4,784 awarded to Off the Record B&NES to run weekly LGBT youth group sessions for young people interested in campaigning and getting involved in projects relating to advancing LGBT equality. (Youth Social Action Fund)

·         £1,000 awarded to 169th Bristol Brentry Scout Group to subsidise the PGL summer camp 2018 for 50 young people. (Express Grants Programme)