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.

Designs are expected to be available for community review in late 2018 with improvement works being implemented during 2019.

Jobs and enterprise 

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

JTE Hubs are planned for:

  • Lawrence Weston: within the new build community hub building
  • Avonmouth: as part of the community centre renovation
  • Shirehampton and Sea Mills: ideas to implement as a partnership between Shirehampton Methodist Church, Shirehampton Job Centre, Sea Mills Community Initiatives, Shirehampton Community Action Forum and BCC are being developed

Work to set up a Maker Lab in the Ward is progressing including an Expression of Interest to the Coastal Communities Fund for a circular economy business support service. A pilot of Maker Lab is being established at Avonmouth Community Centre to enable the community to access a 3D printing capability including design software. 

A procurement process has been started to find partners to set up the Maker Lab capability which is hoped to start in summer 2019.

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 2018. 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 were offered funding to take their projects forward.

The outcome of the assessment is that six of the applicants were selected as the preferred projects and proceeded to the next stage to develop detailed plans for delivery. 

The remaining three applicants were invited to be held in reserve should any of the preferred projects become unable to proceed. All three declined the opportunity to be reserve projects.

During the current stage to develop detailed plans Shirehampton Scouts have obtained planning permission for their building improvements but have decided to pursue funding and delivery over an extended timescale outside of PCRF.


Project Status
Ambition Community Energy CIC Community Wind Turbine Project Funded: developing detailed plans and business case

Twyford House Cricket Club and Shirehampton Football Club:

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

Funded: developing detailed plans for delivery in 2019
191 Bristol St Mary’s Shirehampton Scout Group: Scout Hut Renovation Withdrawn. Obtained planning permission for building renovations
Avonmouth Old Boys RFC: Maintenance Package and Storage Container Funded: grant has been paid and equipment purchased September 2018.
Avonmouth Community Centre Renovation Project Funded: developing detailed plans for delivery in 2019 
Avonmouth Football Club Pavillion Expansion Funded: developing detailed plans for delivery in 2019
Shirehampton Public Hall Modernisation (Phase 1) Not selected for funding, withdrew from process
Phase 2 of the Modernisation of Lawrence Weston Baptist Church Not selected for funding, withdrew from process
Lawrence Weston Out of School Activities Club: Increasing Sustainability Project Not selected for funding, withdrew from process