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The grant agreement between Bristol City Council and Voscur for the VCS Infrastructure Support service (known as ‘The Support Hub’ and the Voice and Influence service) is coming to an end in April 2016.
Our consultation is open from 6 July until 30 September 2015 to ask the voluntary sector in Bristol what support they need to ensure they can thrive and contribute to the needs of the city.
The information from the consultation will form the basis of the new service from May 2016.
The Investment Strategy runs from 1 April 2012 to 31 March 2015 and lays out the objectives for the Community Development Investment Budget. The final strategy, which was shaped by the feedback and comments received during the consultation period, was agreed by Cabinet on 21 July 2011 and is available to download from the related documents section of this page.
Bristol-based VCS organisations can apply for a small grant of up to £5,000 if they can show 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. Quartet Foundation manage this grant on our behalf. Further information and application forms are available through their website.
Applications from VCS organisations for Centres for Community Action Grant and for Stronger Communities Grant were invited in October 2011. Successful organisations receive funding through a Grant Funding Agreement for three years from April 2012.
The Community Advice Service provides free advice to Bristol residents through six local advice agencies, each funded through a three year Grant Funding Agreement from April 2011. In addition, three of the organisations are also part of the Health Related Benefits Programme jointly funded with Bristol PCT. All six advice agencies are part of the Advice West Partnership.
The following report, produced by Advice Network, is available for download
Voscur was awarded the funding to provide the new VCS Infrastructure Support Service from February 21 2011 until March 31 2014.
The two key strands to this service are:
1. The Support Hub
The Support Hub is a service that helps Bristol based voluntary and community sector (VCS) groups and organisations improve their performance, capacity, sustainability and quality. Further information is available from the Support Hub website.
2. The Voice and Influence Service
The Voice and Influence service helps represent Bristol voluntary and community sector (VCS) groups and organisations.
Bristol City Council as a whole funds a large number of VCS organisations through grants and contracts.
Information about our funding to the sector in 2010 / 11 is available on request and you can now download:
Investment and Grants Third Floor (Brandon Wing), Brunel House St. Georges Road Bristol, BS1 5UY
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Work: 0117 903 6439