Funding ‘opens up many doors’ for local organisations
Windmill Hill City Farm, Arnos Vale Cemetery Trust, Redcatch Community Garden and Community in Partnership Knowle West are celebrating after securing thousands of pounds as part of the M&S Community Business Challenge.
They are four out of seven inspirational Bristol-based community organisations to have made it through to the finals of the competition and win funding, as well as business skills support from M&S.
The funding, ranging from £6k to £8k is provided by Power to Change and will allow the organisations to further meet the needs of their local communities and expand on the services they already provide to help generate more income.
The finalists came together on October 3 at The Station in Silver Street to present their business plans to a panel of judges. After inspiring pitches and a surge of online votes, all seven community businesses were awarded with business skills support and grants.
Ellie Collier, CEO of Arnos Vale Cemetery Trust, said: “It’s absolutely essential that we maximise all income generation opportunities so that we can continue to offer an open, safe and accessible space to the community. This support will really help us to grow and develop the whole site.”
Kate Swain, co-founder of Redcatch Community Garden, said: “We’re delighted to receive this funding and support, which opens up so many doors for us. It’s a foundation to look at how we become a food centre and connect with more people and groups in the community.”
Anna Ralph, Café Manager at Windmill Hill City Farm, said: “This support is a real game-changer for us, enabling us to do more of the great work we’re already doing in the community while helping us to grow the business for the future.”
Other organisations to win included APE Project CIC, St Werburghs City Farm and the Ardagh Community Trust.