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Community Kick-Start Fund

What was the project?

Bristol Ageing Better committed £250,000 to help kick-start community activities that  helped to reduce isolation and loneliness among older people in Bristol. Applications can cover supply of goods (e.g. equipment needed to start a new activity) or delivery of services (e.g. training provision, room hire and basic refreshments for activities taking place within the period of the grant).


What did the project do?

The Community Kick-Start Fund allowed organisations, groups and individuals to seek up to £2,000 for a new activity that was likely to reduce isolation and loneliness for older people. The successful initiatives are selected by older people through the BAB Older Peoples’ Steering Group. Applications were open between January 2016 and February 2019, with 10 rounds of funding applications. During this time, the fund received 221 applications and made 141 awards, with a total expenditure of over £229,000. Over 5,100 participants and over 5,000 voluntary hours were recorded over the 3-year period.

Being a successful Community Kick-Start Fund applicant enabled some groups to go on and apply for other pots of money. 11 projects successfully received ‘Kick-Start Plus’ money which involved an additional grant of up to £5,000, funded by St Monica Trust and coordinated by BAB.


How to get in touch:

For further information about this project pleased email or ring 0117 928 1539 


Why did BAB fund it?

BAB designed the Community Kick-Start Fund to primarily target small local groups of people aged over 50 wanting to develop a service within their own community. This was an opportunity for smaller groups/individuals to apply for funding with support and guidance from BAB staff.


Project news

Kick-start began as one project amongst many in the BAB programme but has grown into one of the most successful projects; and one that other Ageing Better areas have been keen to re-produce. It has generated a wide range of activities across diverse populations (e.g. BAME groups, specific health conditions and disability) across the city, and just under 50% are still in operation after their initial funding period finished.  

There is evidence that some groups would not have considered running a project without the opportunity to apply for funds. Some of the larger organisations diversified by considering how to make their organisation relevant to people aged over 50. The fund has overall achieved success in initiating many new activities in the city and the broad range of activity offered was impressive: creative and practical skills, a range of exercise and physical activities, social café-style groups, inter-generational activities and many more.

Further information about the project can be found in UWE's evaluation report. 

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