As of Saturday 20 November, eleven grassroots Bristol-based groups were shortlisted to receive a grant of up to £1,000 from Bristol Redistro. The final decisions about how much each shortlisted group is funded will be made on 4 December.
We had £10,000 in available funds and the shortlisted groups had requested a total of £10,750.
Congratulations to the following groups who have been shortlisted:
Our shortlisting panel included: Sonah, Bryony, John, Algis, and Cleo. They are all core members of groups that Bristol Redistro funded in our previous funding round. Those groups are: Black Mothers Matter, Radical Resilience Project, Hazelnut Community Garden, St Pauls Community Garden, and Reparations Bristol, respectively. Shortlisters stepped aside for discussion of any group in which they have an interest. Jay and Ryan from the Redistro collective facilitated the meeting.
There were 14 applications altogether, requesting a total of £13,750. Before the meeting, the shortlisters read each of the applications and gave each one a score out of ten. Then we worked out an average score out of ten for each application and ranked them. Once the shortlisters saw this, they decided fairly quickly about how to shortlist the applications. They decided to fund the 11 applications that had average scores of 8 or more out of ten. This amounted to £10,750 in total. So £750 higher than the amount Redistro had available to give in grants. The shortlisters decided that Redistro should first attempt to raise that shortfall of £750. And then if that was not possible, and there was still a shortfall, Redistro should ask the 11 shortlisted groups to decide among one another how to distribute the available £10,000 at the funding day on 4th December.
The shortlisters also came up with a new idea that could help the growing community of funded groups and shortlisted groups. They said we could try to set up a facebook group or something similar where groups who had applied to Redistro for funding could:
The thinking was that many groups can benefit by building links and sharing resources. The Redistro collective are thinking through some options for how to set this up and maintain it. A huge thank you to our shortlisters and congratulations to the newly shortlisted groups!
You are warmly invited to join Bristol Redistro’s upcoming workshop:
‘Effective ways of responding to our privilege – how do we redistribute wealth and power?’
This workshop is for people who have more wealth than they need to survive and feel uncertainty about how best it could be used. It will be an opportunity to learn and share in a non-judgmental, participatory setting, where we consider the privileges and access to resources that we have, think about how best to use them and work on breaking down our barriers to doing so.
To sign up or ask questions, please email us with WORKSHOP in the subject.
No need to live in Bristol if you’d like to attend.
It's that time again... We have just launched our latest crowdfund and we're looking for support either as donations to the crowdfund or spreading the word. Can you help please?
The money we raise goes to small, grassroots groups set up by a community to tackle an issue they’re facing. For example, Black Mothers Matter began life as three friends on maternity leave discussing the statistics facing black women and their babies via WhatsApp. They decided to form a group to address this injustice.
The groups we fund often struggle to get financial support elsewhere. Radical Resilience Project told us "As a grassroots community group who are not registered as a charity and want to do things differently we have limited funding options". £1,000 can go a long way when you're self-funding your project or relying on small donations.
We believe in the power of community-led groups to bring about justice for their communities and would love to get more money out to them to support their work. If you do too, please make a donation and/ or share the crowdfund with others so we can give out more grants:
There's more info about the groups that have received funding so far here: www.bristolredistro.org/funded-groups.html
We're really pleased and grateful that a number of the Round 2 groups have agreed to be decision-makers for the next round, which means they'll get to decide which applicants receive money. Now we just need to raise the cash!
Feel free to email email@example.com if you have any questions or would like to know more about how we work and who we support.
After 2 successful funding rounds in 2020/21, 15 local groups working for grassroots social change have received grants, and a number of people have signed up to make sizeable monthly donations. The project is growing, and so the Organising and Fundraising Collective needs more support to keep it going.
We are looking for new collective members to help with a variety of tasks:
We also had some great suggestions from funded groups on how we can support them better and raise more money which we want to follow up: www.bristolredistro.org/news/feedback-from-round-2
The role would not include decision making on who gets funding, as the groups themselves decide this.
Can you spare around 2 hours per week (sometimes more, sometimes less) to help? If so, drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org with what you’re interested in helping out with, your phone number and a good time to call for a chat. All members of the collective are volunteers.
Hope to hear from you and please do pass on to anyone you think might be interested :)
Here are the practical process suggestions and feedback we received from the Round 2 groups.
Things to improve on:
We had loads of amazing suggestions about how to grow Redistro:
And how to support grassroots support better: