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

We want to consult with voluntary and community sector (VCS) organisations and other interested parties to find out what they think about our new approach to grant funding.

VCS Grants Prospectus Survey

Support service for Bristol’s VCS organisations

We have awarded Voscur funding to provide a VCS support service until 2016.

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 helps represent Bristol voluntary and community sector (VCS) groups and organisations.

VCS infrastructure support consultation

The grant agreement with Voscur for the Support Hub and the Voice and Influence service is coming to an end in April 2016.

We consulted VCS organisations between 6 July and 30 September 2015 to ask what support they need to ensure they can thrive and contribute to the needs of the city.

The information we have received from the consultation will inform our commissioning of a new service from May 2016.

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.