Funding body information

Bristol City Council

Bristol City Council
City Hall
College Green
0117 9222000

Point of contact:

Investment and Grants, 0117 9036439,


The Investment Strategy lays out the objectives for the Community Development Investment Budget.

Community Investment Small Grant

Bristol-based VCS organisations can apply for a small grant of up to £5,000 if they can demonstrate that they encourage local people to become more involved in community-led activities that enable deprived and disadvantaged communities to become stronger and respond to and cope with change. The Quartet Foundation manage this grant on the behalf of Bristol Council.

Further information and application forms are available through their website.

Neighbourhood Partnership Well Being Small Grants Fund

What activities will grants be awarded for?

  • Grants will be awarded to support ideas that promote engagement and community benefit within the partnership area in the current financial year (2015-16)
  • All grants should deliver projects to promote at least one of the priorities set out in the Neighbourhood Partnership Plan agreed by the NP
  • Grants will not normally support the same project year after year, however if your organisation has a different project an application for grant funding for this could be considered.

For more information see the 'Neighbourhood Partnership Page.'

Check the website for the latest closing dates for applications.

Many local authorities are now moving away from grant-making and beginning to use commissioning as a way to distribute funding to the third sector. Local commissioners can be difficult to find and identify, however NAVCA have created a guide that may help: 'Finding your Commissioner'

Voluntary Sector Funding Pages:

Local voluntary and community sector groups database

Useful organisations:

Bristol CVS

The Quartet Community Foundation

Funding for voluntary organisations is mainly covered by the Investment Grants Team, although some funding is administered through other departments.

If your funding requirements don’t match up to the schemes administered by this team, it may be useful to find out which department your organisation fits under, i.e. Children and Young People’s Services, and contact the department directly to find out which other schemes are available.

The information provided is generally up-to-date, clear and concise. This is supported by additional links to other sources of support and relevant documents such as guidelines, application forms, investment priorities for the voluntary sector and lists of previously-funded organisations. However, a general preference for a commissioning process rather than an open grants process plus the impact of budgetary pressures means that there are fewer funds currently available to charities from Bristol City Council.

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