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Grants for voluntary and community organisations

Grants for voluntary and community organisations

There are no current opportunities to apply for a Bristol Impact Fund grant because the fund has been fully allocated.

We'll update this page when  opportunities are available and also advertise them widely through Voscur and other networks.

Information about the council’s arts and culture funding is available from the Arts and Culture Funding webpage

The Bristol Impact Fund

From July 2017 we brought a number of the council’s grant funds together to form a new Bristol Impact Fund.

We used our new grants processes to decide how to allocate the Bristol Impact Fund and we are supporting 70 voluntary and community sector (VCS) organisations to deliver 49 different projects to reduce disadvantage in the city.  

To find out what organisations and projects we fund and what the council has grant funded in the past,  see our Published information about our grant funding.

The Bristol Impact Fund offered two funds: 

  • medium/large BIF grants, funding projects for 4 years, from July 2017 to June 2021
  • small BIF grants: 
    • funding projects for 2 years, from July 2017 to June 2019
    • a second round of small grants for 2 years from January 2020 to December 2021

Find details of the projects that received funding from January 2020 to December 2021. (pdf, 87KB) (opens new window)

Baseline standards

We've developed a set of baseline standards to safeguard our investment in the voluntary and community sector. This will also ensure that all council funded organisations are well managed and provide good quality services.

Baseline Standards: Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise Organisations (pdf, 43KB) (opens new window)

Further information

Our approach to grant funding is explained in the VCS Grants Prospectus:

Information about the council’s arts and culture funding is available from the Arts and Culture Funding webpages.

The Bristol Impact Fund was used as a case study by the Institute for Voluntary Action Research to develop a framework for place-based funding approaches.

If  you any have questions, email investmentandgrants@bristol.gov.uk.