Bristol Impact Fund 

Bristol Impact Fund 2

The Bristol Impact Fund is a funding programme from Bristol City Council that helps voluntary and community organisations of all sizes do more for their communities. Bristol City Council’s goal for the programme is ‘to build city resilience by growing the power of communities experiencing the greatest inequality’.

As we reach the end of the first Bristol Impact Fund, we’re pleased to say that the second edition of the fund is open for medium, large and collaboration grant applications (a small grants programme will follow in 2022). Click here for a PDF overview of the funding, by Bristol City Council. 

The Bristol Impact Fund is open for applications from Tuesday 9 March, and the application window will close at 12pm (midday) on Monday 17 May. 

NEW! Voscur is offering a Bristol Impact Fund Application (Part 2) Review Service - click here for more information.

Free events to help you apply to the Bristol Impact Fund 

Free Voscur events to support your application

Book your place on a one-to-one support surgery - the last few dates take place in May. The surgery involves a discussion with a member of our development team, who can answer any questions you have about the funding - whether it's right for your organisation, what you need to get in place, and who can help you. 

Did you miss a training course?

So far we have run courses on Monitoring & Evaluation, Good Governance, Collaborations, and Basic Bid Writing. We recorded these sessions, and you can watch the recorded training online (with participants edited out, for GDPR compliance). Just fill out this webform, telling us which recordings you need, and the recording links will appear.

What are the key parts of the application process? Get a simple overview of the essential points.

Resources and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

The Voscur development team has created a range of resources to help you with your funding application. Please click on the name of the resource to view and download it:

Bristol City Council resources

  • Take a look at the list of FAQs, based on the Council's Bristol Impact Fund overview sessions. You may find your question has already been answered in the list. Topics in the FAQs include eligibility, funding rounds, and priorities. 
  • When you submit your application to Bristol City Council, you must use the software we mentioned before, called ProContract. Please see the council's step-by-step guide to ProContract. There are two parts to your application, and a countdown clock will tell you how long you have left to complete the process.  
  • recording of the council's information sessions in March is now available to download, along with detailed guidance on application requirements.

Baseline standards, priorities and impacts

There are 12 baseline standards your organisation will need to meet for any funding from Bristol City Council - please see our video below for an overview of the Bristol Impact Fund and the baseline standards.

Many of these standards only need to be met during the first six months of any funded work, so you can still apply without having all the documentation ready, but there are a few you must already meet to be given funding. You will find full details to download from Bristol City Council's ProContract portal (this is the software used to upload your funding application and supporting documents), along with the application questions. 

There are also six funding priorities, seven ways of working, and four impacts that the funding should have on local people’s lives. We will explore these in our support programme.

Funding priorities

  1. The overall goal of the fund is listed a priority in itself - ‘to build city resilience by growing the power of communities experiencing the greatest inequality’.
  2. Mental health and wellbeing.
  3. Digital inclusion.
  4. Hate crime support.
  5. Economic inclusion.
  6. Priorities identified by the community.

Impacts

Equalities-led groups, neighbourhoods and communities and people experiencing the greatest inequalities are able to:

  1. Support one another, self-organise, use their collective assets (e.g. interests, skills, experience, time, buildings, resources) to pursue collective priorities and solve shared problems.
  2. Access trusted, empowering support and services which facilitate people to people connections, inclusion and participation in community life.
  3. Build strong and sustainable voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) organisations to take forward community priorities. 
  4. Be in a strong position to collaborate with Bristol City Council and the One City Partnership to understand and work to address inequality caused by poverty and low income, class, racism, sexism, disablism, heterosexism or ageism and bring about meaningful change for people experiencing these inequalities.

The focus of your proposal should involve mainly working with neighbourhoods in the 20% most deprived city wards in Bristol*, or mainly working with groups of people facing the inequalities mentioned above in the fourth impact, as well as faith groups. 

*= Ashley, Avonmouth and Lawrence Weston, Bishopworth, Brislington East, Brislington West, Central Bristol, Easton, Eastville, Filwood, Frome Vale, Hartcliffe and Withywood, Henbury and Brentry, Hengrove and Whitchurch Park, Hillfields, Horfield, Knowle, Lawrence Hill, Lockleaze, Southmead, Southville, Stoke Bishop, St George Central, St George West, Stockwood, Windmill Hill. 

Resources and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

The Voscur development team has created a range of resources to help you with your funding application. Please click on the name of the resource to view and download it:

Bristol City Council resources

  • Take a look at the list of FAQs, based on the Council's Bristol Impact Fund overview sessions. You may find your question has already been answered in the list. Topics in the FAQs include eligibility, funding rounds, and priorities. 
  • When you submit your application to Bristol City Council, you must use the software we mentioned before, called ProContract. Please see the council's step-by-step guide to ProContract. There are two parts to your application, and a countdown clock will tell you how long you have left to complete the process.  
  • recording of the council's information sessions in March is now available to download, along with detailed guidance on application requirements.

Register your organisation’s interest in support for applying to the Bristol Impact Fund

All data is securely held under GDPR and our privacy policy. We look forward to helping you perfect your applications.