Small Grants can lead to big events

November 01 2016

The Bishopston, Cotham and Redland Neighbourhood Partnership (BCRNP) funds local organisations in projects that enhance the local community, either generally, or with more targeted support for specific social groups.

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The Bishopston, Cotham and Redland Neighbourhood Partnership (BCRNP) funds local organisations in projects that enhance the local community, either generally, or with more targeted support for specific social groups. 

The deadline for the next round in 2016/17 is by midday on Monday, November 28. Applications are invited from organisations in the BCR area. They are assessed by the BCRNP Small Grants panel against the BCRNP Priorities.  

An applicant must be a local organisation that has a constitution and a bank account – or be able to partner with a local organisation that does. If you need help to find a partner organisation please ask your local councillors. Applications should then be submitted to Neighbourhood.Partnerships@bristol.gov.uk

For the last two years BCRNP has funded Window Wanderland and it is back in Bishopston for the third year running and 2017 is set to be bigger and brighter than ever! This initiative takes places on the first weekend in February, and supports locals to light up their front rooms creating an outdoor gallery. With the use of a map people can explore the windows illuminated in their area.

Developed by the artist Lucy Reeves as part of 'The Picture Room' the weekend was deliberately chosen as it’s a quiet time for communities and people can be isolated and low at this time of year. Nor is it meant to be about art, rather to bring together different cultures and abilities to create something that whole community can enjoy together.

Lucy said: “It gets hundreds of people out and about and appreciating that previously faceless and anonymous houses in their community are actually lived in by fun, creative people with something to say. Suddenly they are more than just houses”

Whole streets are now supporting the venture and some even close for the evening to hold community events. Window Wanderland has helped facilitate links between local traders and schools, such as Bristol Cricket Club who supports Bristol North Drop In by hosting their display at the Club. Brunel Field Primary, Ashley down Primary, Bishop Road Primary & Sefton Park Schools are all involved creating displays for shops on Gloucester Road.

In 2017 there will be five separate events in Bristol: Fishponds, Bishopston, Ashton/Southville & Bedminster, Windmill Hill and Victoria Park also in Chandos Road. If you would like to take part see www.windowwanderland.com.

Dominique Blackmore, Wanderland event organiser is aiming to get more streets involved this year. "We're thrilled to be able to run this fantastic event for the third time in Bishopston and can't wait to see how the displayers will illuminate their windows and gardens. Let's get as much of the community involved as possible to brighten up the fabulous streets of Bishopston!"

The funding provided by BCRNP has helped to provide flyers, maps, time for artists and the coordinator to undertake schools and group workshops. If you are interested in applying for this funding see www.bcrnp.org.uk for more details.