Bristol 2015, the organisation established to facilitate Bristol’s year as European Green Capital, has announced the first 23 organisations to benefit from its Small Grants Fund.

The successful applicants have all received a share of nearly £150,000 of funding to support new and existing projects in Bristol and the wider region.

The Small Grants Fund is one part of an extensive grants programme worth £2 million – by far the largest ever offered by a European Green Capital – designed to support and inspire grassroots activity in every part of the city.

Due to the unprecedented level of interest in the Small Grants Fund and the large number of high quality applications received during the first round, Bristol 2015 has streamlined the process for awarding future funding into two rounds rather than four, with the aim of reducing the administrative burden on applicants.

The deadline for the second and final round of funding has been extended to 27 February 2015.

Ronnie Brown, Development Director for Quartet Community Foundation which administers the fund, commented: “The panel was extremely impressed by the high quality of the applications we received in this first round, and the diversity of the projects they represent.”

An independent panel of technical experts representing Bristol 2015’s core themes – nature, energy, resources, transport and food – reviewed the applications against a set of robust criteria which match the ambitions and outcomes for the European Green Capital year.

Small Grants winners announced today include:

Talking Money

African Voices Forum

Ambition Lawrence Weston

Easton Energy Group

Bristol Community FM

Trinity Community Arts

Bristol Friends of the Earth

Bristol Hospitality Network

Dame Emily Park Project

Edible Futures CIC

Friends of Hannah More

Beebristol

Bristol Naturalists Society

Lockleaze Voice

Friends of Badock’s Wood

Life Cycle UK

LitterARTI

Ecomedia Collective CIC

Travelling Light Theatre Company

The Schumacher Institute

Imayla

Victoria Park Action Group

Avonmouth Community Centre Association