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Donate to the Community Contribution Fund

The Community Contribution Fund was first launched in March 2021 as a pilot scheme offering residents the chance to pay into a good causes fund to help local charity, community, and voluntary groups to reduce inequalities in the area.

Over 300 people donated to the fund in its first year and just over £25,000 was raised by the autumn of 2021, enabling us to open the fund to applications from charitable, voluntary and community organisations.

29 applications were received for a range of projects supporting the most vulnerable in our communities. These were assessed by a panel of councillors at the end of January and following due diligence checks, the 15 successful applicants were announced in April.

Successful applicants
Organisation Amount Reason
Billy Chip CIC £2,000 To provide 62 of their starter packs to B&NES businesses to help involve them in and expand the scheme.
Bravo Medics £1,160 To support the annual cost of their critical care response in B&NES in support of the ambulance service.
Chew and Yeo Baptist Network £1,500 In support of building improvements to The Link community hub in Bishop Sutton.
Farrington MTB Track £500 In support of young people fundraising to upgrade Farrington's existing BMX/MBT track.
First Steps £1,800 To support the provision of free meals and snacks to children from low income families.
Mentoring Plus £1,350 To support the training of volunteers to be mentors for young people.
Nova Sports and Coaching £2,000 To support the hire of venues, equipment and volunteer costs to enable children and adults with learning and physical disabilities to access and play sport.
Off the Record BANES £2,000 To support awareness raising in Keynsham of their services for young people.
Peasedown Community Trust £2,000 For the organisation of mental health support sessions and events.
Percy Community Centre £1,500 To support the establishment of a play group for low income families with food provided.
Southside Family Project £1,925 To support an After-School ‘Family Food Hub’ Group in Radstock.
Swan Advice Network £1,500 To support fuel costs for their volunteer drivers who provide transport for those on low incomes, unable to access buses, or afford taxis.
Trauma Recovery Centre £2,000 For 40 therapy sessions for children on low incomes.
We Hear You £2,000 To provide 62 of their starter packs to B&NES businesses to help involve them in and expand the scheme.
Young Bristol £2,000 In support of their Youth Club on Wheels in the Chew Valley.

We will continue piloting the fund during the financial year 2022 to 2023. This will enable us to assess continued donor interest and evaluate the scheme before exploring future options.

The fund will re-open to applications from charities, voluntary and community groups in autumn 2022, if sufficient contributions are received.

Make a contribution

Any contribution is separate from your Council Tax, and you can contribute more than once. The minimum contribution is £5, and there is no maximum.

The scheme is administered by us, but is not used to supplement council services. Every penny contributed goes to fund local projects.

You won't be able to request a particular project or area where your money is spent, and the fund will be used for good causes across the district.

Read our Privacy Notice to see what we do with your data that we collect when you donate.

Make a contribution online

Other ways to make a contribution

You can also contribute by cheque. Make it payable to Bath & North East Somerset Council, and write Community Contribution Fund on the back. You can send it to: Lewis House, Manvers Street, Bath, BA1 1JG.

Want to know more?

If you want to know more about the fund, or have any enquiries, then you can email connecting_communities@bathnes.gov.uk