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Bristol Impact Fund: Coordinating council grant streams

Case study

October 2017

Marilyn Taylor


This case study is one of five exploring how independent charitable funders and local, regional and national public agencies can work together in a given geographic area. 

The case studies are part of IVAR’s wider work on place-based funding approaches, which includes Working in Place: A framework for developing and designing place-based funding approaches and Working in Place: Collaborative funding in practice

The Bristol Impact Fund (the Fund) brought together many of Bristol City Council’s voluntary and community sector grants from across the authority into one £3.29m pot with the aim of focusing spend on areas that would make the greatest contribution to reducing disadvantage and tackling inequality, through a lens of building social capacity and capital, and developing community resilience and self-determination. The agreed package was confirmed by the Council in March 2017 and the grants will run from two to four years. 

The Fund has two further significant features: 

  • The criteria for funding and the allocations process were co-designed with the local voluntary and community sector
  • Three independent funders were invited into the grant-making process as members of the allocations advisory panel


(Working in Place Case Study - Bristol Impact Fund)

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