Bristol amongst cities to benefit from Social Action Fund

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18 February, 2019


Hartcliffe and Withywood Community Partnership (HWCP) and City Funds are amongst those that have benefitted from the government’s Social Action Fund.

Ten organisations will receive a share of £2.3 million – through the Place Based Social Action programme funded jointly via the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport and The National Lottery Community Fund – to devise programmes that enable people to take action on the issues they care about.

These projects include increasing jobs and training for young people in Somerset and improving green spaces alongside new housing developments in Bristol.

A further £770,000 will be invested in six areas across England over the next two years. The funding from the Growing Place-based Giving Programme will be used in these areas to establish giving schemes that make it easier for people and businesses to invest in their communities and address areas of local concern.

In Bristol, this money will support City Funds, helping the City to overcome child hunger and improve economic inclusion and community resilience.

They will work with the Charities Aid Foundation to develop giving schemes that bring together residents, philanthropists, corporate donors, public sector organisations, and civil society organisations to raise money and address local priorities.

“We know that people want to give back to their communities and the issues they care about the most,” said Mims Davies, Minister for Sport and Civil Society.

“This fund will stretch across the length and breadth of the country, helping even more people to take action - whether that be volunteering their time, skills and expertise, giving money to good causes, or through simple acts of neighbourly kindness.

“We are committed to creating real change. I am looking forward to working alongside communities, organisations and local authorities to ensure we implement these plans and help people reach their full and true potential.”

Mrs Davies announced the fund in parliament on 13 February. In response, Steve Woods, Labour’s Shadow Civil Society Minister pointed out that Shared Prosperity Fund, which is due to replace EU funding after 2020, has failed to emerge, despite Brexit being less than two months away.

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