New £100,000 Coronavirus community fund to support Bristol’s communities

United Communities and Solon South West housing associations have united to launch a Coronavirus community fund to support Bristol’s communities.

Working together with Solon South West, we have set up a £100,000 fund to help Bristol’s community groups respond to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

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The Coronavirus Community Fund, will support organisations through the immediate crisis and the subsequent recovery of local community support activity.

The fund is available to community groups and organisations, including informal groups, who operate in the areas in which our residents are based. Interested groups are encouraged to submit bids of up to £5,000 to the fund using the application form on the website – http://www.supportingourcommunities.org

Working together

We have been working with Solon South West since last year to explore the possibility of a merger to create a new housing association for Bristol and the wider area. This work is continuing, and residents will be consulted on the merger proposals later this year.

United Communities’ Chair, James Taylor said:

“This new community fund demonstrates our commitment to work together to support communities during these unprecedented and challenging times,”

“During our work together over recent months, it has become clear that both organisations have shared aims to support our residents and local communities. This crisis has brought an urgency to the importance of that support for so many people.

“I would encourage people to find out more about the fund so that community groups can get access to this support.”

Solon South West Chair Graham Oliver said:

“The principles of partnership working and collaboration have never been more important to our organisations than they are today.”

“We hope that coming together in this way will make a lasting difference to the groups who need support from us. I would like to thank those who have worked hard to set this fund up.”

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