Grants for voluntary and community organisations

Support for voluntary and community sector organisations

We offer support for voluntary and community sector (VCS) organisations in a number of ways:

  • awarding revenue grants
  • funding a VCS support service and voice and influence service
  • awarding charity and discretionary rate relief
  • agreeing reduced rents or preferential terms on council-owned buildings through Community Asset Transfers

Consulting on the draft VCS grants prospectus: a new approach to the council’s grant funding to the VCS

From November 2015 to February 2016 we consulted with VCS organisations and other interested parties to find out what they think about our proposed approach to grant funding.

Voscur helped us with the consultation. We ran or went to 14 events where we spoke to 265 people. We'll put the feedback from the consultation online at the end of May. We expect the final prospectus to be ready in July.

Support service for Bristol’s VCS organisations

We've awarded Voscur funding to provide a VCS support service until 2020.

The two parts of this service are:

1. The Support Hub

The Support Hub helps Bristol-based voluntary and community sector (VCS) groups and organisations improve their performance, capacity, sustainability and quality.

2. The Voice and Influence service

The Voice and Influence service represents VCS groups and organisations in Bristol to help influence decisions on policy and development in the city.

Community Investment Strategy 2012 to 15

Grants allocated through the Community Investment Strategy have been extended to March 2017 while we co-design a new approach to the council’s grant funding.

The Community Investment Strategy ran from 1 April 2012 to 31 March 2015 and laid out the objectives for the Community Investment Budget.

The Investment Strategy is available from the Investment and Grants team.

Charity relief and discretionary business rate relief

Registered charities using buildings for charitable purposes are entitled  to mandatory rate relief. Voluntary and community organisations may also be eligible for discretionary rate relief.

Information about rate relief is available on business rates.

Community asset transfer

Community asset transfer (CAT) is where we lease properties to voluntary and community organisations, often at reduced or minimal rents, or preferential terms.

Information about CAT, community centres and buildings and Community Right to Bid are available from community centres and facilities.