Avonmouth and Lawrence Weston Port Communities Resilience Fund

Avonmouth and Lawrence Weston Ward: Port Communities Resilience Fund

Information on the Port Communities Resilience Fund for Avonmouth and Lawrence Weston Ward.

A Port Communities Resilience Fund was approved by Cabinet in March 2015 using capital from the sale of the port of Bristol.

One million pounds was committed to support capital projects.

In August 2017 after a period of review and public consultation Cabinet approved the following decisions:

1: Approved the proposed three thematic Priorities and Technical Assistance scheme for the £1 million Port Communities Resilience Fund and their respective capital allocations

2: Approved the objectives, criteria and delivery plans for the Community Facilities Grant Scheme and its public launch in August / September 2017, and to delegate the award and distribution of grants , including signature of grant agreements, to the Strategic Director Neighbourhoods in consultation with Cabinet Member:Resources

3: Approved the delegation of further decisions to approve final delivery plans for schemes under the Jobs and Enterprise and High Streets priorities to the Strategic Director HR, Change and Communications, Business Change in consultation with the Cabinet Member: Resources

It was agreed that the one million pounds would be used to support the following priorities with up to 10% (£100,000) to deliver Technical Assistance and Project Management:

  • thriving high streets: £135,000
  • jobs and enterprise: £450,000
  • community facilities grants scheme: £315,000

Thriving high streets

A proportion of the funding has been allocated to regeneration of the high streets.

This will largely involve improving the look and feel through improvements to street furniture and signage to help address the issues raised by residents and traders during surveys in late 2016.

Jobs and enterprise 

The funding is planned to deliver an improved network of Jobs, Training and Enterprise facilities supporting all four communities. 

The final breakdown of this element is currently being developed in consultation with the community, all potential stakeholders and partners. 

These will be supplemented by the potential inclusion of a local Maker lab and improved access to public transport across the Avonmouth-Severnside Enterprise Area to enable improved access to employment.

Community facilities grants

Applications for funding closed in December 2017. 

Grants from the fund are only allowed to be used to improve physical assets such as buildings or equipment.  It can’t be used for salaries or ongoing running costs.

Nine local organisations applied for funding. Six of these were accepted.


Local organisations had to show how their projects will strengthen them for the future. They also had to:

  • double any investment they received
  • to show that they are able to bring in new sources of funding to the area

Selection process

The selection of projects that will be funded has been made by combining:

  • technical assessment
  • public votes
  • resident panel assessment

Technical assessment

This was completed by the council to ensure organisations were eligible to apply and with the capacity to proceed.

Public votes

Residents voted on nine local projects during January 2017. Residents within the Avonmouth and Lawrence Weston Ward could vote either online or at local venues.

Residents panel assessment

This consisted of  residents from Shirehampton, Avonmouth, Lawrence Weston and Sea Mills/Coombe Dingle. 

As well as reading and scoring the nine written applications the residents met all the applicants.

The meetings included a presentation by each applicant followed by a structured Question and Answer session. The residents panel then scored each of the applications.

Selection results

The results of the public vote and the Residents Panel were combined with the technical assessment to decide which organisations are offered funding to take their projects forward.

The outcome of the assessment is that six of the applicants have been selected as the preferred projects and can proceed to the next stage to develop detailed plans for delivery. 

The remaining three applicants have been invited to be held in reserve should any of the preferred projects become unable to proceed.

The majority of the projects will now be seeking to generate additional funding to match that provided through their Community Grant.

Project Status
Ambition Community Energy CIC Community Wind Turbine Project Funded: proceed to detailed planning

Twyford House Cricket Club and Shirehampton Football Club:

Refurbishment and modernisation of the clubhouse / changing facilities and perimeter fencing at the Shirehampton Recreation Ground, Penpole Lane

Funded: proceed to detailed planning
191 Bristol St Mary’s Shirehampton Scout Group: Scout Hut Renovation Funded: proceed to detailed planning
Avonmouth Old Boys RFC: Maintenance Package and Storage Container Funded: proceed to detailed planning
Avonmouth Community Centre Renovation Project Funded: proceed to detailed planning
Avonmouth Football Club Pavillion Expansion Funded: proceed to detailed planning
Shirehampton Public Hall Modernisation (Phase 1) Reserve applicant
Phase 2 of the Modernisation of Lawrence Weston Baptist Church Reserve applicant
Lawrence Weston Out of School Activities Club: Increasing Sustainability Project Reserve applicant