Community RESILIENCE fund

We’re pleased to share details of a NEW city-wide fund that is specifically for the VCSE sector in Bristol, targeted at specific areas, and to let you that Knowle West has been identified as an area that should receive some of this funding.

The Community Resilience Fund (CRF) is a capitol* grant fund for projects that increase the resilience of the voluntary and community sector in communities which experience the greatest inequality. This means supporting organisations to survive and thrive for the long term, through challenging times, so that they can continue to provide vital spaces, resources and services to their communities into the future. The intention of this fund is to invest in projects which address income generation/ saving, digital inclusion, accessibility and environmental sustainability. For example, organisations could seek funding to: 

● make their facilities more accessible to everyone in the community: for example, by putting in ramps or an accessible toilet. 

● increase their income or sources of income: for example, by making physical improvements to their building, allowing them to rent out more space, put on more activities or sell more services or products. 

● make their facilities more environmentally friendly and/or cheaper to run: for example, by upgrading to renewable energy or heating systems or improving energy efficiency with insulation, building controls or double glazing. 

● pay for new or improved digital infrastructure: for example, installing smart technology or a new IT system – this could be done as part of a partnership across several sites

KWA: Our role in Phase 1 is to identify groups/organisations that are likely to be eligible to apply for funding and be a point of contact/support in developing Expressions of Interest (here is the area we are covering – MAP).  We are not part of the grant giving decision-making process

  • We’d like to hear from you as early as possible about what headline ideas you have – and if there are other similar ideas locally, we will ask if you want to be connected.  A sentence or two before end of August will allow us time to connect up ideas/groups/orgs (if appropriate)
  • We want to ensure you don’t waste your valuable time – so we are on hand to help you figure out if you are eligible or not – email if you want to arrange to chat that through
  • We want to support you develop a great EOI – so do email us with any questions and/or to arrange a chat:
  • We will hold two drop-in sessions in September for groups/orgs who what to chat through ideas, check eligibility, and/or potentially connect with others.
  • We will check eligibility against BCC’s Eligibility Criteria. at end of Phase 1.
  • All submitted ideas will be published at end of Phase 1 (just the titles, not the detail)  – this is part of developing a transparent process, and we hope will help us to build a shared approach to generating resources by knowing what our local community organisations need; we can then work together to achieve community ambitions.

NB If your organisation is NOT eligible for this particular fund but would like to receive emails about OTHER potential sources of funds, please let us know.


Grants will be a minimum of: 

  • £50,000 for community organisations in the eligible areas of the city** (budget for Area Committee 5 & 6 at bottom of this email)
  • £10,000 for equalities community groups [see p.15 HERE for definition]


This is a Capital* grant, so CAN be used for projects:

• Improving access (e.g. for disabled people or young people) 

• Changes to buildings, for example an extension or a renovation 

• Environmental sustainability measures e.g. a renewable heating system, energy efficiency improvements like insulation or double-glazed windows which bring down energy costs 

• Means of transport that do not rely on fossil fuels or reduce use of fossil fuels e.g. electric, zero or low carbon emission vehicles or a fleet of bikes 

• Any associated new accessories e.g. bike parking, electric vehicle charge point 

• ‘Outbuildings’ like workshops, equipment stores

Capital funding CAN NOT be spent on:

  • staffing costs
  • costs towards running a service
  • projects in inaccessible venues
  • spaces used solely for political or religious activities
  • buildings or equipment that the state or a statutory body has a legal obligation to provide (for example libraries and schools

What Kind of Organisation is Eligible? Voluntary and Community Sector organisations that are a:

• A registered charity 

• A Community Interest Company limited by guarantee 

• A Community Interest Company limited by share (Schedule 2 with 100% asset lock only) 

• A company limited by guarantee with charitable status 

• A community benefit company registered as an Industrial and Provident Society 

• A Charitable Incorporated Organisation

Please note there are minimum length of lease requirements – see Eligibility Doc page 9.

PROCESS: The council are trailing a new approach to allocating funding with the aim of giving communities more power in decision-making.  Groups from across the city have been part of considering how the process might work.  

Phase 1 is about gathering local (eligible) ideas/connecting ideas where appropriate.

Phase 2 will be participatory decision making at Area Level**(see below for detail). In Phase 2, a group of Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) organisations, councillors and residents will be recruited to take part in decision-making and will review the proposed projects. Expert input will be available to make sure projects are suitable for funding and to help make decisions. This Phase is currently being designed (as at July 2022).


Phase 1 – July – 3rd October 2022

For support from KWA and to drop us your general idea – email

KWA Community Resilience Fund DROP IN SESSIONS: 

  1. Mon 12/09/2022 11:30 – 13:30 @ Filwood Community Centre – Cafe Space
  2. Wed 07/09/2022 16:30 – 18:30 @ Knowle West Media Centre – Main Studio

Deadline for Expression of Interest: Midday Monday 3rd of October 

Phase 2 (date detail tbc): Oct 2022 – January 2023

Final: Successful projects will be chosen by January 2023 and the first grants will be paid in April 2023.


  1. Read the guidance and eligibility criteria
  2. If you have any questions about the fund, contact or  We can arrange to talk or meet up.
  3. If you would like to be connected with other organisations locally, please let KWA know your idea by end of August.
  4. If you would like to meet up to discuss, check eligibility and/or connect with others – attend one of the September drop ins (info above).
  5. Complete and submit your Expression of Interest form before midday on Monday 3rd October.  Send to OR you can send in a video – information on the application form HERE.

* Capital is: funding for physical things rather than services or activities. It’s a substantial, one-off investment on something which will last several years like equipment or premises.


** Filwood is in Area Committee 6 which includes: Area 6: Hengrove and Whitchurch Park (Whitchurch Park west, Hengrove west, Wharnecliffe Gardens) Filwood (Inns Court, Filwood Broadway, Throgmorton Road, Leinster Avenue, Glyn Vale, Markbury Road, Wedmore Vale, Novers) Hartcliffe and Withywood (Hareclive, Bishport Avenue, Bishport Avenue East, Fulford Road North, Whitchurch Lane, Bishport Avenue West, Four Acres, Fair Furlong, Withywood, Sherrin Way, Highridge Common) Bishopsworth (Highridge) Stockwood (Burnbush Hill and Burnbush) TOTAL Budget: £903,000

** Knowle is in Area Committee 5 which includes: Southville (Bedminster East and Bedminster West) Brislington East and West (Broomhill Road, Hicks gate, St Anne’s Park) Knowle (Ilminster Avenue West, Ilminster Avenue East) TOTAL Budget: £260,000