Community Foundations are charities located across the UK dedicated to strengthening local communities, creating opportunities and tackling issues of disadvantage and exclusion.
They target grants that make a genuine difference to the lives of local people. They manage funds donated by individuals and organisations, building endowment and acting as the vital link between donors and local needs, connecting people with causes, and enabling clients to achieve far more than they could ever by themselves.
Community Foundations often operate within a restricted geographical area and are independent bodies, allowing them to respond more effectively to the needs of the local community. Each grant giving Foundation will have its own grant giving criteria. Some will only give to organisations with full charitable status, so remember to check the guidelines carefully before submitting an application.
Local Community Foundations in the South West include:
Somerset Community Foundation – www.somersetcf.org.uk
Community Foundation for Wiltshire and Swindon – https://wiltshirecf.org.uk
Glouc. Community Foundation – www.gloucestershirecommunityfoundation.co.uk
Quartet Community Foundation (Bristol, N. Som, S. Glouc, B&NES) www.quartetcf.org.uk
Devon Community Foundation – www.devoncf.com
The Quartet Community Foundation is a charity that helps donors in Bristol and the surrounding area to support the local causes and charities they care about. They manage a range of funds, all of which have their own funding criteria, priorities and closing dates. There are so many different types of fund we recommend you visit their website to ensure information is up to date.
Open Quartet grant schemes as of November 2015 include:
- Bristol Youth & Community Action — Grants of up to £1,000 are awarded to young people-led, community safety projects.
- Bristol Youth & Community Action Leadership training Grant – This scheme funds the development or training of young people who are involved with local community organisations. For example, an application could be made to cover the cost of a DBS check or first aid training where this would enable the young person to take on extra responsibility within his/her role.
- Churngold Environment Fund — Grants of up to £4,000 support projects that aim to protect the environment. Currently closed.
- Comic Relief Local Communities – build skills and community cohesion and increase access to sport. Opens Spring 2016.
- Community Games Grants Programme – Community Games is a great opportunity for you to bring your community together to take part in sporting and cultural activities inspired by the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Maximum grant £500.
- Express programme — Grants of up to £2,000 are awarded to small, local voluntary and community organisations working in disadvantaged areas. The work must benefit people who are disadvantaged or isolated.
- Mall Fountain Fund — Grants of up to £1,000 are awarded to local voluntary and community organisations, within 25 miles of the Mall, which help people in need. Opens Spring 2016.
- North Somerset Council Children and Young People’s Fund – This Fund has been set up by North Somerset Council People and Communities Directorate to support organisations working with children and young people aged up to 25 years old who live in North Somerset. Max grant: £1,500.
- Southmead Fourteen – It is a grants programme for activities and projects in Southmead. Southmead has been chosen to receive £200,000 of funding from Fourteen of which £73k has been allocated for Small and Medium Grants. The overall award has been given to Southmead in recognition of the work that has gone into the Southmead Community Plan and how this aligns with the priorities of the Fourteen funding.
- Stoke Park Group Friend’s Fund Grant – The programme particularly welcomes applications for activities that help to integrate individuals with learning disabilities into the community, preventing them from becoming socially isolated; or provides them with an opportunity for personal achievement that they otherwise would not have.
- The Mayor’s Fund for Bristol Grants – Grants from the Mayor’s Fund for Bristol are awarded to local voluntary and community organisations where a small amount of funding can make a significant difference. The fund will have themes for each year selected by the Mayor. The first theme will be groups and organisations that benefit children and young people (0-19 years of age). Maximum grant is £2,000.
How to apply: Most funding streams have their own application form which is downloadable from the website. For more information please phone 0117 989 7701, or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.quartetcf.org.uk