Bristol has received the good news that more than £370,000 in National Lottery funding is going to a partnership of organisations who will work with communities across the city to take action and tackle climate change. The partnership will have a strong emphasis on delivering other benefits as defined by those communities.
The grant from The National Lottery Community Fund will see Bristol Green Capital Partnership work alongside the Centre for Sustainable Energy, Bristol City Council, a refugee-led social enterprise, deaf and disabled-led equality forum, and four neighborhood-based organisations. The goal of the work is to reduce their carbon footprint and contribute to the city’s goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2030.
Across Bristol there is growing interest in climate action, with 88% of residents reporting concern about climate change in the most recent Quality of Life Survey, published in June this year. The city has also adopted a new One City Climate Strategy, which has committed Bristol to becoming carbon neutral and climate resilient by 2030.
Through this project, made possible thanks a grant from largest funder of community activity in the UK, people in Bristol will take the lead in shaping the city’s transition to becoming low carbon and climate resilient.
The six community groups, including Ambition Lawrence Weston, ACH Refugee Integration Services, Bristol Disability Equality Forum, Heart of BS13, Lockleaze Neighbourhood Trust, and Eastside Community Trust, will focus on tackling local priorities such as COVID-19 recovery, whilst reducing carbon emissions, creating local employment opportunities and upskilling the community.
The 18-month project will not only help the local environment, but will also see additional community benefits, including improving people's health and well-being, warmer homes, bringing people together to reduce social isolation and loneliness, and amplifying the voices and agency of young people and BAME communities who are often excluded from the conversation around climate action.
Lizzi Testani, Chief Operating Officer of Bristol Green Capital Partnership said: “Achieving this success has come thanks to a lot of hard work and collaboration – exactly what is needed in Bristol’s response to climate change. With big thanks to National Lottery players and this funding, we can’t wait to get started in supporting our communities to generate solutions that fulfill their existing ambitions whilst contributing to national efforts to tackle climate change.”
Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol, said: “I welcome the emphasis The National Lottery Community Fund has placed on communities leading on climate action. The communities involved in this project are working on some really interesting initiatives, and we are proud of the many local organisations across the city that are improving their neighborhoods. The Climate Action Fund will support these organisations to help us become a more sustainable, resilient city and enable us to remain inclusive whilst becoming carbon neutral by 2030. I am delighted that the city council has been able to contribute to securing this funding and we will play our part to deliver a successful project.”
This grant is one of the first fourteen grants to be announced as part of the National Lottery-funded Climate Action Fund, a ten-year £100 million fund that will reduce the carbon footprint of communities demonstrating what is possible when people take the lead in tackling climate change. All the projects across the UK will work together, share their learning and be active participants in a broader movement of change within and beyond these communities.
Nick Gardner, Head of Climate Action at The National Lottery Community Fund, said: “We’re delighted that thanks to National Lottery players, people and communities across Bristol will be taking action to reduce their carbon footprint and demonstrate what is possible when people take the lead in tackling climate change.
“From 25 years of funding environmental projects across the UK, we know that local community action is at the heart of delivering solutions that not only minimise the impact on the environment, but also offer additional benefits that people and communities can reap. In the last few months we have been reminded that communities truly understand their places and spaces, and so often play a vital role in responding in a crisis, and we’re confident with people in the lead communities can tackle climate action and responding to the climate emergency.”
The Climate Action Fund is part of The National Lottery Community Fund’s Environment Strategy which has seen significant National Lottery investment through community-led projects that are focused on activities that not only improve the environment but use it to enhance the lives of people and communities. Since April 2013, the Fund has awarded more than £340 million to environmental projects, through 4,796 grants.
To find out more visit www.TNLCommunityFund.org.uk
 Quality of Life Survey, Bristol City Council, June 2020 https://www.bristol.gov.uk/documents/20182/33896/QoL+2019-20+Report+%28v2%29.pdf/e58942c4-a6f4-ebec-459f-d81ff99cce46
 One City Climate Strategy, Bristol One City, https://www.bristolonecity.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/one-city-climate-strategy.pdf