Labour-run Bristol City Council has awarded grants to community projects which aim to empower citizens who experience the greatest exclusion and inequality.

19 organisations were successful in winning a grant from the Bristol Impact Fund (BIF). Applicants that were successful this year include projects that; aim to tackle knife crime, develop employment skills in South Bristol and improve mental health and wellbeing.

This is the second round of grants as part of the BIF. It was formed in 2017 when a number of the council’s grant funds were brought together into one place. The aim of the fund is to tackle disadvantage and inequality, improve health and wellbeing and increase resilience in Bristol.

Previous projects have included helping black and minority ethnic woman to start their own business or get back into work; a theatre group working with people with learning difficulties to build confidence and social networks; and peer support groups for people with a mental health issues.

Councillor Asher Craig, Deputy Mayor and Cabinet member for Communities, Equality and Public Health said: “We are really excited by the quality of projects that we have seen during this round of grant funding.  We know that with modest amounts of funding, a group of committed citizens with a good idea can make a really big difference.

“The Bristol Impact Fund was created because we know that there are people in our city who face multiple, complex and often deep seated issues.

“The fund is a great success story for the city with the first round of small grants having made a real impact by empowering communities to take action on the things that will make a difference to them. We are pleased to be able to commit to a further round of small grant funding, demonstrating our belief in the voluntary sector and the power of communities to make a difference.’’

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