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Better Bristol 2017 funded projects – turning ideas into a reality!

In April 2017, Bristol Green Capital Partnership invited local groups and organisations to take part in the Better Bristol campaign, to receive free expert coaching and be in with the chance of receiving 50% of their crowdfunding target from BGCP. As a result of the Better Bristol campaign, our £45,000 match-fund catalysed an additional £64,000 from the crowd – helping to make 16 local projects into a reality!

Congratulations to all the projects who took part in the #BetterBristol campaign.

All of the organisations who took part in the Better Bristol campaign joined the Bristol Green Capital Partnership, so look our for more stories on Better Bristol projects on our membership blog

Read more about the evaluation of Better Bristol here.

Better Bristol projects

Organisation: Arkbound
Project: Boundless
Producing a regular environmental feature – together with events, workshops and journalism placements in Bristol. ‘Boundless’ will feature a collection of work by local people, with a focus on the environment and social inclusion. The magazine can be read in venues across Bristol and also made available by street vendors, who can sell it and keep half of the proceeds. The vendors will be unemployed or homeless, with the idea that this will help them to make some sustainable income. This project received a match-fund grant of £4,000 from BGCP and reached a fundraising total of £8,250

Organisation: Baby Bank Network
Project: Growing Baby Bank Network
Baby Bank Network is a team of volunteers – mostly mums themselves – who work together to collect pre-loved baby essentials from families who no longer need them to those who otherwise couldn’t afford them. A happy marriage of saving items from landfill and tackling child poverty. Baby Bank Network currently helps one family a day with baby essentials they otherwise could not afford – they want to double this with the funding received through the Better Bristol campaign. This project received a match-fund grant of £3,000 from BGCP and reached a fundraising total of £6,422

Organisation: Boundless Futures CIC
Project: Vocalise
The Vocalise project is about building community cohesion in Ashley Ward and connecting this with the environment. This project will involve local residents from all age groups to help Make a Cleaner Ashley. It will combine litter-picking with fun competitions for adults and children alike. It will involve schools, businesses, local charities, artwork creation, noticeboard cleaning and updating, plus a little ‘Green Themed’ event with Friends of St Agnes Park, helping people to get into gardening and more able to appreciate the area’s green spaces. This project received a match-fund grant of £4,000 from BGCP and reached a fundraising total of £8,318

Organisation: Bright Green Futures
Project: Bright Green Futures – The Pioneers
Their goal is to film and document a sustainable self-build project so others can see, learn and understand the steps from start to finish. This project will allow them to run a series of workshops, training, activities and events to empower everyone interested to embark on their co-build journey, creating their dream eco-home within supportive, inclusive and vibrant communities and through this support Bristol’s Green Capital! Most Bristolians wish to build their own home, but do not know where to start, this project shows them how!  This project received a match-fund grant of £4,000 from BGCP and reached a fundraising total of £9,271

Organisation: Bristol Upholstery Collective
Project: Make it WORK – Creating meaningful employment
Bristol Upholstery Collective is raising funds to enable the Make it Work training program start-up at their new workshop space. They aim to engage local unemployed people within the community, offering up to 16 hours per week workshop access, training and technician support, restoring lives through furniture restoration, otherwise destined for landfill. MAKE IT Work is a social enterprise project ultimately supporting people to change their lives by building self-esteem and creating opportunities for meaningful employment. This project received a match-fund grant of £4,000 from BGCP and reached a fundraising total of £8,474

Organisation: Catalyse Change CIC
Project: Catalyst Bootcamp
Better Bristol funding will support the first-ever Catalyst Bootcamp this summer for around 50 teenage girls (16-18 yrs.) A 3-day educational programme combining practical sustainability skills, through projects and mentoring, along with other activities which build personal resilience and confidence. The young women will work with local mentors on practical environmental projects and challenges from across Bristol area. This will ensure they learn transferable sustainability skills whilst using their creativity to help solve local environmental challenges. Bursaries will be provided for young women from low income and other disadvantaged backgrounds. This project received a match-fund grant of £3,000 from BGCP and reached a fundraising total of £6,524

Organisation: Fin Fighters
Project: Fin Free Bristol (& the world)
FinFighters have been working hard to make Bristol shark fin and meat free, and Bristol City Council have voted in favour of this. Sharks that are listed as endangered are commercially available in the city. As Bristol becomes fin free we want to work with those presently selling shark to help the city during this important transition into sustainability. This will include holding workshops with restaurant owners & fishmongers, developing explanatory literature and making a project film to explain the necessity of a shark free Britain and how Bristol’s pioneering spirit can pave the way. This project received a match-fund grant of £4,000 from BGCP and reached a fundraising total of £8,225

Organisation: Friends of Harbourside Reed Bed
Project: Restore Harbourside Reed Bed
Better Bristol funding will support this unique floating reed bed in the heart of Bristol and help to pay for repairs, replanting and restoring it to its former glory. Neglected since installation in 2008, areas of the reed bed have become littered and overgrown with ivy and brambles from the bank side. An Ecologist and Green Infrastructure Consultant will work with Friends of Harbourside Reed Bed to identify and map site planting on reed bed and bank-side and produce a seasonal maintenance plan that avoids water and land pollution and maximise benefits to a diversity of wildlife. This project received a match-fund grant of £3,000 from BGCP and reached a fundraising total of £7,900

Organisation: Ms
Project: The Good Wardrobe Bristol
The Good Wardrobe is the antithesis of fast fashion, and funding from the Better Bristol campaign will help to bring this online conscious fashion community hub to Bristol.
The Good Wardrobe’s reach will be expanded to cover Bristol and make it as easy as possible for the city’s residents and visitors to dress ethically without compromising in style. Relevant community and charity projects will be promoted. Members of the community will be able to share their experiences by reviewing local businesses. Access to information will be increased to as wide a community as possible and to grow the community of people from any background who can get involved. This project received a match-fund grant of £3,000 from BGCP and reached a fundraising total of £6,969

Organisation: No More Taboo
Project: Tackling Period Poverty through Monthly Hug boxes
No More Taboo are revolutionising periods and empowering communities. The Better Bristol funding will help launch their not-for-profit subscription service where backers will receive treat boxes with ethical and eco-friendly goodies and reusable sanitary products of their choice. By making the switch from disposable to reusable sanitary products, each backer will cut down their waste production by 150 kg over a lifetime. This innovative project aims to create a supportive community who care about sustainability, ethical consumerism and feminism while helping disadvantaged groups. The Monthly Hugs will use 100% of the profits to ensure sufficient menstrual hygiene and well-being amongst vulnerable women in Bristol. This project received a match-fund grant of £4,000 from BGCP and reached a fundraising total of £9,185

Organisation: Redcatch Community Garden
Project: Help us bring Redcatch Community Garden to life
Redcatch Community Garden wants to create a space where the whole community can come together and grow healthy food, while providing produce for the project’s shop & café. The garden will give opportunities for people with diverse needs, abilities, generations and cultures; all of whom will be able to share knowledge and skills in a fruitfulness environment. They want people in the community to have access to healthy, fresh, nutritious food, to connect with nature, learn where their food comes from and how to grow it. This project received a match-fund grant of £3,950 from BGCP and reached a fundraising total of £8,837

Organisation: Bristol Energy Network
Project: Fuelling the Energy Revolution in Bristol (Recipient of the Special Award for commitment to equality and inclusion)
The Energy Conversations project will engage with local people across the city to 1) support transition to renewable energy 2) tackle fuel poverty 3) improve energy efficiency/ reduce energy use. This will be achieved by providing information and support to people to enable them to bring about both behaviour change and wider social change. Our use of energy directly impacts climate change and air quality, two of our most pressing environmental challenges. BEN members and local organisations will collaborate to take a roadshow around the city using interactive tools to help people understand and connect with their energy use. Disadvantaged communities are most likely to be affected by fuel poverty and therefore the roadshow would specifically be taken to these communities, to ensure it is inclusive and fair. This project was the recipient of the special award for commitment to equality and inclusion in its aims and reached its total of £5,707

Organisation: Bristol Food Network CIC
Project: Bristol Gets Growing 2018
The Get Growing Trail aims to enable more people to share in Bristol’s beautiful secret fruit & veg gardens. It’s a chance to explore these beautiful hidden spaces, to learn a bit about growing, and to mull over getting involved without the pressure of having to turn-up on a workday. Building on 6 previous Trails, Healthy City Week, and interest in social prescribing/referrals, we would like to explore how food growing spaces can be used by the wider community – not just for growing, but by other health & wellbeing initiatives.This project took part in the Better Bristol campaign and raised 100% of it’s funds through the crowd (£3,045)

Organisation: LitterARTI
Project: M32 Underpass Skatepark and Community Space
The project takes place in the local community of lower Eastville, under the M32 Underpass. Project funding is to support the second phase of the project: to introduce play spaces for local young people and children in the area: a bike-ability cycling track, a climbing wall and other adventure playground elements. In a community which suffers air and noise pollution, but also fly-tipping, litter issues and general depravation, the M32 Underpass provides much potential for community cohesion. This project took part in the Better Bristol campaign and raised 100% of it’s funds through the crowd (£3,185)

Organisation: Wildscreen
Project: Witness the Wild
Working in partnership with a diverse collection of non-environmentally focused community groups, Wildscreen will take their beneficiaries to coastal or river environments to take part in clean-ups and make the connection between what we throw away, where it ends up and the impacts it has on wild things and places. The collected rubbish would be taken back to the city, where the community groups, working alongside the artists, would transform the waste into thought-provoking sculptures which would be exhibited in public spaces (i.e. local parks) for the whole city to experience. This project took part in the Better Bristol campaign and raised 100% of it’s funds through the crowd (£3,225)

Organisation: Youth Moves
Project: Growing Community from The Roundhouse
Funding will support this project that inspires adults of all ages and abilities to grow and cook fresh produce by developing a roundhouse space as a youth & community resource.The two Urban Escape youth groups transformed an acre growing space at Springfield allotments in Knowle West. Young people have guided the direction of Urban Escape, and the Adult Gardening Group idea came through young people teaching adult community groups how to cook the produce they have grown. Funding supports the extension of this project beyond its pilot. This project took part in the Better Bristol campaign and raised 100% of it’s funds through the crowd (£5,339).

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