Investments, grant funding and early-stage lending from City Funds

Bristol City Funds
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10 October, 2019


City Funds, an investment funding initiative for Bristol, will offer mixed funding and early-stage lending to a range of projects that tackle inequality in the city. The aim is to bring together investment, grant, and local authority support.

There are four priorities for investment:

1. No Child Goes Hungry - helping communities grow, prepare and cook fresh food that is healthy and affordable.

2. Economic inclusion - making the local economy more diverse, and including deprived areas of the city, helping to secure employment.

3. Community initiatives - empowering community anchor organisations, community housing, and upskilling projects.

4. Environmental transformation - making Bristol a greener and more sustainable city.

City Funds will invest between £50,000 to £1 million, depending on the experience of the team leading a project, and its potential. Grant and early-stage lending is also available. 

Organisations involved in City Funds include Bristol City Council, Bristol and Bath Regional Capital (investment advisors), and Power to Change (grant funding); the Board of City Funds includes representatives from the local VCSE sector, such as universities, staff from the Mayor's Office, and Voscur. 

To find out more and to apply, click here

You may also be interested in another social investment project, 2020, which Voscur helps coordinate. To find out more about the 2020 project and to join the peer network of like-minded organisations, click here

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