THE EASTSIDE COMMUNITY EVENTS FUND WAS LAUNCHED IN MAY 2021 TO HELP BUILD COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS THROUGH LOCAL EVENTS.
We hope this fund will encourage people to come together with members of their community, neighbours, family and friends to celebrate and build strong connections. Members of Eastside Community Trust (individuals or volunteer-run community groups) are invited to submit applications for funding (up to £500) for local events.
Grants are to be spent on community events happening in Easton or Lawrence Hill. For example, this could be in a park, a street party or a community venue.
History of the Endowment Fund
The Endowment Fund was set up in 2004 as a partnership between Bristol City Council, Community at Heart and Quartet Community Foundation as a legacy from the regeneration programme Community at Heart which ran from 2000-2010. You can read the original agreement here.
Quartet holds approximately £350,000 as an investment and gives us the annual interest to use to benefit the local community. The annual interest is usually between £10,000 – 12,000.
Since 2010 this has been given out as small grants of up to £500 to residents to support them with training or health-related grants and up to £1000 for organisations to deliver small projects. We request applications from the community and a small panel of local residents make decisions about awarding the funding. In 2020, the fund did not happen due to the pandemic but in 2021 and 2022 the board of trustees decided to refresh the fund and offer it as a small grant for local people to hold community events. The board also agreed to open up the applications to the whole of Easton and Lawrence Hill, not just the former New Deal for Communities area. The panel making decisions in 2022 will be board members Noelle Rumball and Alice Ballantine Dykes and local resident (and former board member) Sally Caseley. A lot has happened since the original agreement in 2004, not least the merger which created Eastside Community Trust. As a result, in 2022, the board of Eastside Community Trust will be working with Quartet on refreshing the agreement and ensuring the fund is fit for the future and has the best impact for local people.
Who can apply?
This grant is for individuals or volunteer-run community groups, not organisations with paid staff, in Easton or Lawrence Hill.
DEADLINE FOR 2022 SUBMISSION: Monday 25 April, 12 midday
To be eligible to apply for the Community Event Fund you must be a member of Eastside Community Trust.
Membership doesn’t cost anything and it’s a great way to get involved and help shape our work.