Blog written by Mark Hubbard, Development Director at Voscur
It’s great news that the Bristol Impact Fund will continue, especially after the recent challenges for people, communities and organisations due to coronavirus.
The council recently consulted on its proposals for the second Bristol Impact Fund and many Bristol VCSE organisations are interested.
There are several points of interest in the proposal (as published November 2020):
In response to feedback from VCSE organisations, Voscur coordinated a response to the consultation, which can be downloaded here. The council’s consideration of consultation feedback is ongoing and there has been a series of ‘heads up’ meetings so that potential applicants are aware of changes in the run-up to the formal decision at Cabinet (which was scheduled for 2 February, and is now scheduled for 25 February).
The information shared at these informal meetings must be taken with a pinch of salt: the changes to the second Bristol Impact Fund proposals can only be confirmed at the Cabinet meeting. As such, the earliest formal documentation in the public domain will be published by the council in the Cabinet papers, which are due to be published on the 17th February.
As Voscur is aware that many VCSE organisations are interested in Bristol Impact Fund 2, I attended the first ‘heads-up’ meeting and I am sharing information in this blog. The following proposed changes as a result of the consultation responses were noted:
All in all, these proposed changes ought to address the concerns that Voscur heard from the VCSE sector, and it’s great that points made by the sector in the consultation have been heard and are being addressed. I believe these changes will make the fund more accessible and the extra time in the process should allow more organisations to get involved.
It must be emphasised that these are proposed, and they will be in the public domain in Cabinet papers (on 17 February) and, if approved by Cabinet (on 25 February), will inform the roll-out of the Bristol Impact Fund in the coming months.
We advise VCSE sector organisations to consider the proposed changes in their preparations and to note that things may change in the run-up to Cabinet.
As always, Voscur is here to support community organisations. As the second Bristol Impact Fund plans become more solid, our support services will help Bristol VCSE organisations to get involved. For more information, please see our dedicated webpage.