Fuelling the energy revolution – £5,000 grant awarded to Bristol Energy Network
4th July 2017
We’re pleased to announce the award of a £5,000 grant to Bristol Energy Network for their efforts to make Bristol a sustainable city with a high quality of life for all.
22 organisations have taken part in the Better Bristol 2017 match-funding campaign to raise funds for projects that will tackle environmental challenges at a community level. As part of the campaign, an independent panel of judges has selected a project that demonstrates an exceptional commitment to inclusion and equality in their aims for a special award of £5,000.
We are delighted to announce that this grant will be awarded to Bristol Energy Network for their project ‘Fuelling the energy revolution in Bristol!’
Bristol Energy Network has thirty active and committed members working together to transform Bristol into a fairer and greener city, but wants to do even more to help bring about the change we all need. With the £5,000 funding from Bristol Green Capital Partnership, they will run workshops across the city for people on low incomes to advise on reducing energy bills, as well as providing practical resources for home improvements such as draught-proofing kits and sharing information through public engagement activities. The decision to award the grant to Bristol Energy Network was made because the judges felt that they most clearly demonstrated their exceptional commitment to inclusion and equality in their aims. Bristol Energy Network aims to reach more people across the city and work within communities to create a better energy system for everyone – with an aspiration to bring about change in individual lives as well as at a community and political level.
Our panel of judges also commented on the high quality of all the projects taking part in the Better Bristol campaign – recognising the creativity and commitment of organisations who are fundraising to help make Bristol a more sustainable city with a high quality of life for all citizens.
How you can support a Better Bristol…
Since it’s launch on 1 June, the Better Bristol campaign has supported and promoted the activities of organisations in the city with a passion for positive change – and has so far seen over £100,000 invested in local projects through a mix of match-funding and crowdfunding.
But a few projects need your backing to get them over the line. With an amazing set of rewards on offer, can you make a these ideas for a Better Bristol into a reality?
Arnos Vale Cemetery Trust need backing to turn an unloved and neglected area into a beautiful community garden for all. Rewards for pledging cash to this project include a foraging cocktail making workshop and a private night-time tour of the cemetery on Halloween! Back Arnos Vale here
Bristol Gets Growing 2018 –
For the past 6 years, Bristol Food Network have run the annual ‘Get Growing Garden Trail’ – a weekend where around 30 of Bristol’s secret fruit & veg gardeners open their normally-closed garden gates to the public. With your backing, the 2018 trail will enable more people to share in Bristol’s beautiful secret fruit & veg gardens. Rewards include a VIP lion feeding experience at Bristol Zoo, veg boxes delivered to your door and Shambala packages. Back Get Growing Trail here
M32 Spot – DIY Skatepark & Community Space
Support a DIY skatepark with a local community to reclaim a neglected space underneath the M32 Motorway in Eastville, Bristol. Rewards include artist commissioned T-shirts and coasters or the chance to have your or your companies name on the skatepark ramp. Back the M32 project here
Bristol Loves Tides
Bristol Loves Tides is helping young people to improve their future and the future of Bristol’s unique environment and the biodiversity within it. Your pledges will allow them to deliver the programme across Bristol Schools and enable young people to devise and the Bristol Loves Tides films. Rewards include a Bristol Pilot Cutter model and exclusive invitations to the film preview. Back Bristol Loves Tides here
Bristol Eely Good Times!
You could have an eely good time, working with Bristol Fish Project and the community to restore Eel populations in the Bristol Channel, using aquaponics! By increasing their eel-growing capacity from the Bristol Fish Project base in Hartcliffe, this project will support and rebuild our Eel populations as well as working with local schools in the Bristol areas. Rewards include exclusive ‘eely good’ merchandise and aquaponics workshops. Back Bristol Fish Project here
A group of local residents from Knowle West have come together to make a change in their community. Help them to achieve the vision of making Filwood Boulevard an attractive, green and welcoming place for the whole community. Rewards include seeing your name on a brass plaque or laser-cut into the new planters, or personalised gardening workshops. Back Filwood Boulevard here
Growing Communities at The Roundhouse
Youth Moves charity based in Knowle West Bristol is looking for your support to raise funds for the Urban Escape project – inspiring adults & children of all abilities to grow and cook fresh produce, to build self-esteem and flourish! Rewards for backers include group gardening, foraging and cooking workshops. Back Youth Moves here
Self-Care for Wellbeing
Portland Centre for Integrative Medicine aim to deliver sustainable healthcare in Bristol that integrates creative writing, yoga & mindfulness to support health & wellbeing! Your backing could support free workshops in Southmead and help to make Bristol a sustainable healthcare city. Rewards include herbal homeopathy mugs, t-Shirts, walking tours and private homeopathy taster session. Back PCIM here
Witness the Wild
Help Wildscreen to bring a week-long festival of art, film & photography to Bristol to celebrate the ocean & the creatures that call it home! Rewards include Michelin-star restaurant meals, limited edition prints and Wildscreen tickets or corporate packages. Back Wildscreen here