Southmead Fourteen Community Plan- Invitation to Tender – Southmead Fourteen Disability Project

1 June, 2017


Invitation to Tender – Southmead Fourteen Disability Project

Fee - £20,000 incl. VAT and all expenses

  1. Introduction

What is the Fourteen Programme?

Fourteen is a £3.5m national programme funded by Spirit of 2012, a charity set up by the Big Lottery Fund to connect events to communities across the country; tackling disadvantage by supporting opportunities in sport, physical activity, culture and the arts, volunteering and social action. Quartet Community Foundation is the local partner responsible for managing the money.  Fourteen neighbourhoods across the country are to receive funding through the Fourteen Programme. 

Who is Quartet Community Foundation?

Quartet Community Foundation manages funding on behalf of individuals, companies, charitable trusts and statutory agencies.  This enables us to make grants to charitable groups in the West of England.   We have a number of grant programmes to which groups can apply.  Southmead Fourteen is one of the programmes that we are managing and Southmead is the beneficiary area for the funding.

How much funding is available for projects?

There will be £200,000 funding available over three years.  We have already set up a small and medium grants fund for community projects. We have already commissioned three larger projects; Community Champions, Team Southmead CYP and the Disability research project. For more details on this please visit our website at .  

What is the overall aim of the Programme?

The overall aim for the Southmead Fourteen Plan is to increase participation in social action and volunteering.  The volunteering and social action will help improve health outcomes, reduce isolation and improve skills, confidence and employability for the individuals who take part.  It will also help to address local issues and opportunities.  We specifically want to focus a proportion of the money to support the aspirations of disabled people.  These priorities have been chosen because they support both the Fourteen Funding priorities and the priorities from the Southmead Community Plan.  For details of the Community Plan and Fourteen Plan please go to .

What is the Local Reference Group?

The Local Reference Group (LRG) is made up of local people and local organisations in Southmead.  The LRG assess grant applications and make recommendations to Quartet based on their local knowledge regarding needs and aspirations in Southmead.  Quartet Community Foundation make the final decisions regarding the funding.

  1. The Brief

To encourage collaborative working between organisations, the Local Reference Group has decided to adopt a commissioning process for elements of the Fourteen Programme and organisations are now invited to tender for a 12 month project. The total contract value over the life of the project is £20,000 including VAT and all expenses.

Our vision:

Our vision is that disabled people in Southmead, whatever their age or background, have the opportunity to fulfil their potential – to lead full and active lives that are valued by the community and society as a whole.


The Southmead Community Survey (in 2015) found a significant number of disabled people who described themselves as socially isolated, and often without the support they needed to do the things that they wanted in their lives. Once Southmead Fourteen funding was available, the Local Reference group gave specific priority to the issue of disability, putting aside £25,000 for this purpose.  £5,000 was invested in a research project to help understand the issues.  For detailed actions within the community plan visit  For the main findings of the disability research project please see Appendix 1.



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