Bristol Impact Fund Consultation

Closed 16 Dec 2020

Opened 13 Nov 2020


Forward - Councillor Asher Craig, Deputy Mayor with responsibility for Communities, Equalities and Public Health

I am delighted to be introducing the consultation on the proposed second round of the successful Bristol Impact Fund programme 2021 - 2025.

Bristol is the only major city in the UK with an impact fund, investing in projects that tackle the city’s inequalities and build on communities' strengths.

Since the launch of the Bristol Impact Fund in 2017, seventy organisations have received BIF grants and seven thousand volunteers have been involved in projects that have:

  • Reduced financial, food and fuel poverty
  • Tackled unemployment and underemployment
  • Improved access to information, and increased digital inclusion
  • Enabled influence and participation in the community
  • Reduced social isolation and improved wellbeing

Over the first two years of the programme BIF funded organisations raised an additional £3.9m against a city council investment of £6m.

Community and voluntary organisations are a crucial part of what makes Bristol such a creative, dynamic and progressive city. Communities coming together and creatively using the resources we have is at the heart of our city’s response to the continuing challenge of COVID-19. This is why we are continuing to invest in the voluntary and community sector.

We have been working closely alongside the VCSE Strategy group, a strategic partnership of infrastructure organisations – Locality, Voscur and Black Southwest Network (BSWN), to ensure BIF2 meets the needs of our communities. Our proposals have also been shaped by our learnings from COVID-19, and by identifying how we can build back better so we build the resilience of the city.

BSWN is also leading a significant research project to help us understand the impact of COVID-19 on the whole sector and the sector’s aspirations for the future. You can see the interim report here.

The COVID-19 pandemic has shown that localised support and the voluntary sector are essential in times of crisis. However the pandemic also impacted certain groups the hardest; groups that already face inequality. The economic impact of COVID-19 is profound, not only affecting many households and businesses but also impacting the council budget as more and more people required support. In spite of this, we are continuing to prioritise grant investment through BIF and a new capital Community Resilience Fund of £4m as a key part of our recovery.

We want to continue to build on the success of the first round of the Bristol Impact Fund. We want to work with community and voluntary sector organisations to find ways to maximise this investment. We want to invest in our future, build collaborative relationships and grow the power of communities by working together to build resilience.

Consultation overview

Bristol City Council is consulting on the proposal for a second Bristol Impact Fund programme. The Bristol Impact Fund is a grant funding programme for voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector organisations. The first Bristol Impact Fund provided four years of grant funding for VCSE organisations. The current programme ends on 30 June 2021.

Bristol City Council is proposing to deliver a second Bristol Impact Fund programme, and is seeking feedback on the following elements of the proposal:

  • The proposed overall goal of the fund
  • The proposed 7 ways of working
  • The proposed impact of the fund i.e. the difference that we would like the fund to make
  • Approach to funding
  • Monitoring and evaluation

All responses to the consultation will be analysed and included in a report that will be published on the Bristol City Council website in early 2021.Your responses will help inform final proposals which will be considered by Bristol City Council’s Cabinet in February 2021.

We welcome the feedback of Voluntary Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) organisations of all sizes and type across the city, and interested members of the public. We particularly want to hear from the many diverse communities within Bristol and within the VCSE sector.

The closing date for this consultation is Wednesday 16 December 2020

If you would like this information in another language, Braille, audio tape, large print, easy read, BSL video, CD rom or plain text please contact us by emailing or phoning 0117 922 2135.

You can download a printable PDF version of the proposals and survey by clicking the "Proposal Document" file link at the bottom of this page. 

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Why your views matter

This consultation is particularly seeking the views of VCSE groups and organisations in Bristol to inform the council’s approach for this second Bristol Impact Fund, which will decided by Cabinet on 2nd February 2021.

The council would particularly like to hear from:

  • VCSE groups
  • Equalities-led organisations
  • Interested members of the public

This consultation is just one of the ways the council will be gathering views from the sector.

We are running four online engagement events where we will explain the information presented here. You can discuss the proposals with us, ask questions and provide your input, in addition to completing the survey.

Register for one of our consultation events using the links below. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting:

Friday 20 November 10-11:30

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Tuesday 24 November 11-12:30

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Friday 27 November 10:00 -11.30 (This event is targeted at organisations who are led by and/or support equalities groups

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Wednesday 2 December 14:30- 16:00).

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The council will publish an anonymised summary of all responses after considering all of the feedback at the end of the consultation period. This can be found on the Bristol Council consultation hub and is likely to be published in January 2021.


  • All Areas


  • Equalities group(s)
  • Community & Voluntary organisations


  • Voluntary sector