Countryside Communities Fund awards £30,000 to South West charities and invites bids for further £20,000

Communities Fund Bath

Countryside, the UK’s leading mixed-tenure developer, has donated £30,000 from the Countryside Communities Fund to local initiatives working in Bristol, Bath and North East Somerset, with a further 10 donations of £2,000 each available for local charities and organisations to bid for.

The Countryside Communities Fund, set up in response to the COVID-19 pandemic in spring 2020, is supporting local charities and groups, food banks and others providing essential local services in locations where Countryside operates across the country. Countryside is proud of the support and donations it has provided over the past year and is pleased to be continuing its commitment to supporting local communities as we look ahead to 2022.

The initial £30,000 of funding will benefit local organisations working in the Bath and North East Somerset area, where Countryside is making progress at its flagship Sulis Down housing development site. The donation is being split between a range of initiatives that are providing invaluable support to the local community, including Julian House, Food Cycle Bath, Rainbow Trust South West, Bath Mind, and the Quartet Community Foundation.

This year a further £20,000 will also be donated to local groups as part of Countryside’s latest round of funding. There will be a total of 10 further donations of £2,000 each for projects based within the Bristol, Sedgemoor and Bath & North East Somerset local authority areas and the funding must be used to enhance the local area and community.

Darren Dancey, Managing Director, South West, Countryside, said: “At Countryside, we are committed to building sustainable communities and we know that this goes beyond simply building new homes. The challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic over the past two years have made life more difficult for many local people and charities, and so we’re proud to be supporting a range of local organisations through the Countryside Communities Fund. We hope our latest round of funding will make a positive difference to people across the South West.”

In order to apply for an award, please request an application form by emailing [email protected]. The deadline for applications is April 30th 2022 and the successful applicants will be notified on May 31st 2022.

Countryside is pleased to confirm that subsequent funding will be made available in other areas so there will be further opportunities to apply for funding.