The Glad Colston's Gone campaign ran a crowdfund to raise funds to support the 4 people who were facing criminal damage charges for toppling the Colston statue in June 2020. Since they were found not guilty the funds were no longer needed and the decision was taken to hand it over to Redistro to distribute to local Black and Brown-led groups. The funds came to £13,518 and PRSC/Stokes Croft China, who made the Colston 4 supporters' mug, also contributed, bringing the total to £14,851.
We received 30 applications for this round and it was incredible to see the range of groups active here in Bristol, often working hard behind the scenes and with little support. We asked Black and Brown people from our previously funded groups to form a panel to shortlist the applications. Six people came forward for this job and shortlisted 15 groups who were all invited to spend a day together on 28 May 2022 and all received £1,000 funding.
We're happy to announce the groups that were shortlisted are:
We decided to top up the pot to £15,000 so each group could receive £1,000 each, as they'd requested. We're happy to say that all but one grant has now been paid out. We used our general funds to pay the short-listers and facilitators and to cover the costs of venue hire and catering. These additional costs came to around £1,200. Thank you to our supporters for enabling us to cover these costs.
We'll be sharing more information about this important racial justice round soon!