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Solon & United Communities unite to provide £100,000 lifeline to Bristol communities - 15/05/2020

Working together with United Communities, we have set up a £100,000 fund to help Bristol's community groups respond to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

The Coronavirus Community Fund will support organisations through the immediate crisis and the subsequent recovery of our community support activity.

The fund is available to community groups and organisations, including informal groups, who operate in the areas in which our residents are based. Interested groups are encouraged to submit bids of up to £5,000 to the fund using the application form on the website -

We have been working with United Communities since last year to explore the possibility of a merger to create a new housing association for Bristol and the wider area. This work is continuing and residents will be consulted on the merger proposal later this year.

Solon South West Chair, Graham Oliver said:

"The principles of partnership working and collaboration have never been more important to our organisations than they are today. 

"We hope that coming together in this way will make a lasting difference to the groups who need support from us. I would like to thank those who have worked hard to set this fund up."

United Communities' Chair, James Taylor said:

"This new community fund demonstrates our commitment to work together to support communities during these unprecedented and challenging times. 

"During our work together over the recent months, it has become clear that both organisations have shared aims to support our residents and local communities. This crisis has brought an urgency to the importance of that support for so many people.

"I would encourage people to find out more about the fund so that community groups can get access to this support."

The new fund has also been welcomed by Bristol's City Council's cabinet member for Homes and Communities Cllr Paul Smith, who said:

"Bristol is not alone in facing a massive challenge in responding to the Coronavirus outbreak. All communities across the city have been affected. So, it's hugely welcome to see partners come together to create new ways to support communities across the city.

"The way in which people have come together over recent weeks highlights the very best of Bristol. This fund is a great example of that approach in action."

More information is available online at

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