Students digging up soil on an allotment patch

Community Fund

The UWE Bristol Fund awards grants of up to £3,000 for community partnership projects which help to achieve the following aims:

  • Build relationships between staff, students and local communities
  • Develop opportunities for students to volunteer in the local community and enhance teamwork, communication and project management skills
  • Develop opportunities to enhance student learning through practical, community-based projects
  • Develop projects which will have significant impact for the Bristol region.

Am I eligible to apply?

Applications must be led by a current UWE Bristol student or staff member, and identify a lead community partner. If you have a good idea and are seeking a suitable community partner, the UWE Bristol Fund team can help with this.

The community partner must be a ‘community organisation’ that can clearly demonstrate its charitable aims in a governing document. These can be CICs, charities, CIOs, constituted groups etc. At the very least, we would expect to see a Governing Document with charitable aims, and three unrelated committee members on the management committee. We can also fund public bodies such as schools or local authorities. The activity must be clearly non-profit making and not for commercial purposes.

The project must benefit communities in the following areas – Bristol, Bath and North East Somerset, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire.

What type of projects do we fund?

We give priority to projects that focus on the following areas:

  • Schools and education – UWE Bristol students working with young people in areas with low progression into HE.
  • Sustainability – supporting the city and region to become more sustainable, with a low impact on our planet and a healthy environment for all.
  • Stronger communities – helping to build resilient and inclusive neighbourhoods, where people are able to participate in and benefit from the economic and cultural opportunities in the city and region.
  • Health and wellbeing – ensuring that everyone has the opportunity to live a life in which they are mentally and physically healthy.

“The Festive Friends event in St Werburghs for isolated older people made a bigger difference than I ever initially imagined.”

Heather, BA(Hons) Marketing.

How much money is available?

You can apply for funds up to £3,000. This is the standard funding limit, rather than a maximum you should aim for. Your budget should realistically reflect the costs required for the project and we also welcome applications under this limit. Please see our application guidance for details.  

If your project will cost more than £3,000 you can apply to the Community Fund to part-fund the project together with funding from other sources. Your application should indicate where additional funding will come from, and whether this funding is guaranteed.

Grants will be distributed in two stages. Half the grant will be paid on receipt of your acceptance of our terms and conditions which will be sent to you if your application is successful. The other half will be paid after you have provided evidence that you have recruited sufficient numbers of UWE Bristol students for your project.

How do I apply?

There will be two rounds of funding during 2019-20:

  • Round one will open on 2 September 2019, with a deadline of 4 November. We will notify applicants of decisions by the end of November.
  • Round two (subject to funds still being available) will open on 3 February 2020, with a deadline of 30 March 2010. We will notify applicants of decisions by the end of April.

Please email an initial expression of interest and your idea for a community partnership project to You will then be contacted with further details.

Applications will be assessed against a number of criteria and you will also be asked to submit a budget as part of the process. Download the application guidance notes.

The UWE Bristol Community Fund is jointly funded with the Quartet Community Foundation.

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