| Research has shown that small 'grass roots' and community-based organisations have experienced many challenges in generating projects and accessing funds.
Four major funding-related obstacles were faced by these groups in their desire to bring about change themselves in their own communities. These were:
- a lack of matched funding
- a lack of apparent creditworthiness
- an inability to cope with the 'red-tape' and application procedures in accessing funds
- a system of payment in arrears which stopped some projects getting off the ground in the first place.
The Key Fund has been set up to address these specific issues by establishing a 'bottom-up' approach and environment to help people and communities to educate and help themselves in making projects work and accessing funds.
The Key Fund is designed to be user-friendly and cut red tape to a minimum for innovative and genuinely creative community projects. It is being managed by the Greater Bristol Foundation which has a twelve year track record of providing funding in an accountable way to community organisations. The Key Fund provides grant aid to community based organisations who require assistance for:
- developing the skills and confidence to generate locally based development projects that improve their access to training and employment
- strengthening local communities to develop self-esteem and to deliver local ownership in relation to the regeneration process
- encouraging the development of projects that address the needs of communities and contribute to regeneration.
Grants of £500 to £25000 have been allocated to support the work of community groups in parts of Lawrence Hill, Ashley and Easton. The URBAN Key Fund will help local people become more actively involved in improvements to the area in which they live and to help them take advantage of training and employment opportunities.
"Removing the obstacles to fund-raising and regeneration"
For more information contact Helen Moss, Project Manager:
Tel: (0117) 989 7700
Fax: (0117) 989 7701
Royal Oak House,
Royal Oak Avenue,
Other Projects Being Funded
Bristol URBAN Programme