Little grants for big ideas - apply now

July 28 2016

Following the success of last year’s event, the Bishopston, Cotham and Redland Neighbourhood Partnership is running the Community Fair on Saturday, September 17 at St Michael’s Church on Gloucester Road.

 

Following the success of last year’s event, the Bishopston, Cotham and Redland Neighbourhood Partnership is running the Community Fair on Saturday, September 17 at St  Michael’s Church on Gloucester Road. 

Community groups of all types and interests are invited to use the fair as an opportunity to tell people about what they are doing in the area. It’s also an opportunity to talk to the working groups of the Neighbourhood Partnership, which are made up of local residents, councillors and officers. Residents can tell them about ideas for the area, issues which could be improved, and how this could be achieved.

Alison Bromilow, chair of the Neighbourhood Partnership Communities & Engagement groups, said: “There is an amazing amount of volunteer effort going on in Bishopston, Cotham and Redland, and we want people to feel that the Neighbourhood Partnership is a good place to network and showcase some of the activities that our community are engaging with. By offering a space for people to talk to the wider public and each other, that is a great way of getting to know what the Neighbourhood Partnership needs to do to support the community, so we want to hear from anyone who can think of a way we can help them.”

The fair will run from 12.30pm to 16.30pm, and will have many stalls and food, as well as events and entertainment. It also offers the opportunity of funding to community groups and individuals for an idea to improve the area in a way that meets one or more of the Neighbourhood Partnership’s priorities. Applicants are invited to present their ideas at the Community Fair where they will be voted on by the public.

Amounts of up to £350 per person or group are available through the Little Grants for Big Ideas scheme, and the application process is simple, with no complicated hoops to jump through. The closing date for applications is August 29, and more information, including the application form, is available on the Neighbourhood Partnership’s website: www.bcrnp.org.uk/little-grants-for-big-ideas .

Tom Brook, Councillor for Bishopston & Ashley Down, said: “Little Grants for Big Ideas is a brilliant way for local people and groups to get the funding that they need to make their suggestion for improving the area a reality. As long as the idea meets one or more of the Neighbourhood Partnership’s priorities, any idea is acceptable.

“Last year a grant was given to Chandos Neighbourhood Association to carry out activities and research in their area, and we were ecstatic to hear of all they have achieved using the Little Grant to kick-start their project. Window Wanderland was another recipient and we are delighted that the original Big Idea has spread to not only more areas in our Neighbourhood, but across Bristol.”

Anyone interested in finding out more about the Community Fair or Small Grants for Big Ideas, or needs help with an application, can email info@bcrnp.org.uk .