Funding for local groups taking climate action

May 23 2022

Bristol community groups taking climate action or supporting nature recovery can apply for council funding to help reach the city’s climate and ecological goals.

Bristol’s One City approach has defined goals for climate and ecology recovery, and now  local groups that can help reach these targets could bid for financial support. 

The £200,000 fund from Bristol City Council is for community action that reduces greenhouse gas emissions or makes changes that benefit wildlife in Bristol. 

The grants are for community groups, small organisations working on a not-for-profit basis and small charities based and working in Bristol. Groups can apply for up to £5,000 in the first call for applications which closes on 23 June, with a second call in the Autumn where groups can apply for up to £30,000.

The fund supports activities based in Bristol that will help the city to meet one or more of the goals of the One City Climate Strategy - to reduce Bristol’s carbon dioxide emissions or the One City Ecological Emergency Strategy - to have more land in Bristol managed for the benefit of wildlife

Activities from the grant must result in one of the following:        

• A clear reduction in carbon dioxide emissions. For example;  encouraging a switch to means of transport that don’t use fossil fuels, making community services less reliant on fossil fuels, encouraging reuse or repair activities or actions to reduce the number of new products we buy.

• Physical changes that benefit wildlife in Bristol. For example, through improving an area of land for wildlife or creating a new area of wildlife habitat.

Cllr Kye Dudd, Cabinet Member for Climate, Ecology, Waste and Energy said: “Many community-based organisations across the city are already taking climate action and making space for nature in their neighbourhoods. We’ve been highlighting some with the #BristolClimateAction campaign, and we’re thrilled to now be able to provide a grant to support this inspiring and important work as part of our strategy to tackle the climate and ecological emergencies”.

“To fulfil our climate and nature recovery ambitions, we need every organisation and citizen to play their part. We’re asking businesses to sign up to the Bristol Climate Ask, and the Bristol Climate Hub has a range of ideas and suggestions for individuals, companies and communities”. 

Applications are open until 23 June 2022 on the Quartet Community Foundation website.