Our vision is that Bristol can be a thriving and healthy city, built on a fair social foundation within sustainable environmental boundaries.
City Funds is working to transform Bristol by funding solutions that target the causes and effects of inequality. A partnership between Quartet Community Foundation, Bristol & Bath Regional Capital and Bristol City Council, City Funds uses its £10 million investment fund and aligned grants to strengthen organisations solving some of the biggest problems facing Bristol.
Our Collaborative Approach
By partnering with communities, sectors, experts and other funders, City Funds is facilitating new solutions to inequality. Working together, we fund and invest in organisations that make a positive change in our city. Our funding priorities have been chosen in alignment with those agreed in the One City Plan.
Our Focus Areas
Primarily, we will support and invest in making change in four priority areas
No Child Goes Hungry
We fund initiatives that help communities grow, purchase, prepare and cook fresh, healthy and affordable food.
We fund community initiatives to help them play an impactful role in Bristol and develop community resilience.
We fund initiatives that promote full participation and ownership in a diverse and local economy.
We fund the transition to a carbon neutral, zero-waste city, that promotes the health of the natural environment.
Who we are
One of the first funds of its kind in the UK, City Funds brings together investment, grant and local authority support in a coordinated place-based approach to tackling inequality.
The City Funds Grant programmes are managed by Quartet Community Foundation which has a proven-track record in successfully inspiring philanthropy in the West for the last 32 years. Applications are assessed by a panel of independent members from the four Funding Priority areas. The grant application process is designed to be transparent, inclusive and collaborative.
The City Funds Investment programmes are managed by Bristol & Bath Regional Capital, an award-winning public benefit investment company which aims to spark change in Bristol using investment as a tool, whilst recycling profits by re-loaning and re-investing back in the community.
The local authority of Bristol, whose executive function is controlled by the mayor, invested the first £5 million into City Funds in 2019, which was matched by Big Society Capital for a total of £10 million.
Meet our Board
The City Funds Board is overseen by a Non-Executive Governing Board representing a cross-sector of Bristol's community, commercial, voluntary and public sector organisations. These positions are non-remunerated.