THE EASTSIDE COMMUNITY EVENTS FUND AIMS TO HELP BUILD COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS THROUGH LOCAL EVENTS.
We hope this fund encourages 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 since then the board of trustees decided to refresh the fund and offer it as a small grant for local people to hold community events, to help tackle social isolation. 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.
In 2023 following a consultation of members, staff and board it has been decided that some of the funds will be used to subsidise low cost and free activity Easton Community Centre and Felix Road Adventure Playground, including the ability to offer high-need local groups the hire of the space at low rates.
Who can apply?
This grant is for individuals or volunteer-run community groups, not organisations with paid staff, in Easton or Lawrence Hill.
THE DEADLINE FOR 2023 APPLICATIONS IS 12 PM, FRIDAY 1 SEPTEMBER
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.