Proposals required for Funding the Future evaluation contract

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Formative Evaluation of Funding the Future Programme – an action learning approach

We are seeking written proposals from interested consultants in respect of the following work:

Overall Purpose

To develop and implement an ongoing collaborative programme of evaluation to enable all stakeholders to capture and respond to the learning from the Funding the Future programme as it progresses.

Background to Funding the Future Programme

During 2017 Quartet Community Foundation (Quartet) commissioned work to research ‘The Importance of Community Anchor Organisations in Bristol and the role that Quartet Community Foundation can play in supporting their future development’.  The full report, including a definition of community anchor organisations, is on our website at

The research included mapping key community anchor organisations in priority neighbourhoods of Bristol, finding out what help organisations need, identifying where Quartet could play a role in making a step change in how community anchor organisations sustain their services and activities.

In response to the research report, Quartet convened a meeting with a number of interested funders, who after hearing the results of the research went on to pledge £380,000 to set up a “Funding the Future” grant programme to support community anchor organisations in Bristol to make a step change in the way that they are funded and organised. Since then Quartet has been successful in attracting additional funding from the National Lottery Community Fund to match the original pot.

Grants are made available to community anchor organisations that would like to make a step change to the way they are funded, organised, or deliver their services for the benefit of their local communities.

There are currently 8 organisations across the City benefiting from this funding and with the addition of Lottery funding the programme is expanding.

Key criteria are that these organisations:

Audiences for the Evaluation

Key Elements of the Process

Key Outcomes from the process

Skills, experience and qualities required


The work of the evaluator will be supported and managed through a panel consisting of Quartet, Big Lottery, Philanthropist representative and Vivid Regeneration. The panel will also work together with the evaluator to ensure that emerging learning is shared and acted upon as appropriate during the lifetime of the funding programme.


To start as soon as possible to end of programme (July 2021??)

Funding Available: £18,000 inc VAT and all reasonable expenses


Written Proposals are invited from interested consultants. They should cover:

1.    Evidence of your understanding of the overall task and approach.

2.    A costed outline of the tasks you would undertake for the evaluation to meet the required outcomes, including the steps you would take to ensure this is a collaborative process.

3.    The skills and experience you have to bring to this piece of work and the reasons why you are interested in doing it.

4.    Names of two referees.

Please send your proposal to no later than 5pm on Monday 21 October 2019