Bristol City Funds: BCH Health & Wellbeing Grant

This grant programme is currently closed to applications.

Opening Date:
23rd March 2021 , 8:00 am
Closing Date:
27th April 2021 , 11:00 am
Maximum grant awarded:
Grants of up to £20,000 per year, for a maximum of 2 years

What is Bristol City Funds?

City Funds aims to transform Bristol by offering funding that targets the causes and effects of inequality. We believe Bristol can be a thriving and healthy city, built on a fair social foundation within sustainable environmental boundaries. We want to create positive change in Bristol by bringing businesses, community organisations, funders and the public sector together to share resources and address key priorities. City Funds is a collaboration between different people and organisations, and Quartet is a core partner. As well as grant funding and pro bono support offered through Quartet, City Funds also offers social investment funding through Bristol and Bath Regional Capital. If you want to discuss applying for pro bono or social investment support, just get in touch.

What is the Health and Wellbeing Fund?

Bristol Community Health (BCH) was a community health organisation working in Bristol. This funding has been made available following the organisation’s closure as part of its legacy to the local health and wellbeing sector. The aim of the fund is to support Bristol’s health and wellbeing organisations to develop their capacity, resilience and effectiveness for the long term. We particularly welcome applications for projects that have clear, lasting benefits for the people of Bristol and the health and wellbeing sector.

This grant programme aims to run 2-3 times per year until the available funding has been distributed.

What can you apply for?

Grants can support work that develops the capacity, resilience or effectiveness of health and wellbeing sector organisations. Your project should have clear, lasting benefits for the health and well-being of people in the City of Bristol. Funding can be awarded to transform and strengthen local organisations themselves, or it can be for the development of activities/services that create lasting improvements in local health and wellbeing. We particularly welcome applications that demonstrate an awareness of how your project will fit with and improve the wider picture: for example, through filling gaps in services, piloting new approaches, making services more inclusive, exploring sustainable new income streams or achieving the goals of the One City Plan.

Please note that applications that focus purely on the delivery of services may be considered a lower priority for this funding than those which focus on organisational development.

However, we will also give priority to applications that meet the One City Goal for 2021 of supporting community assets (such as community centres and groups) to reduce social isolation and improve mental wellbeing, focusing particularly on communities with mental health inequalities.

Who can apply?

Voluntary, community, charity and social enterprise organisations based and working in the City of Bristol which seek to improve the health & wellbeing of people based in the City of Bristol, prioritising those which:

Your organisation must be based in the City of Bristol and primarily benefit Bristol residents in order to be eligible for this funding. Please contact us before applying if you are unsure about your eligibility.

Support to develop your ideas and make an application

The Good Faith Partnership is working with The Care Forum to provide direct support to organisations that might want to apply for this funding. They are available for potential applicants to ask any questions about the fund or eligibility and will be using their insight and expertise to help organisations think through how they could best use the funding for maximum impact. They will be also running sessions for successful grantees to help them become more resilient, make links across the sector and bring about long-term change.

Contact Vinya Mehta at grant-support@bristolcityfunds.co.uk to find out more.

Please make sure you download and carefully read the guidelines below before applying for a grant.