15 December 2021: Today, the Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire (BNSSG) COVID-19 Vaccination Programme announced the winners of its Reducing Inequalities Grant Awards, to support communities with funding for initiatives that address vaccine disparity and health inequalities. The most vulnerable people in our communities are those most at risk from the direct and indirect consequences of COVID 19; these grants are about communities coming up with solutions that work for their population.

The Programme received applications from 41 community organisations and following a rigorous selection process, nine initiatives from across BNSSG were chosen to receive funding of up to £10,000, for projects that help promote health and wellbeing; increase vaccination awareness, acceptance, and uptake; or address a particular community need around reducing health inequalities.

Reducing Inequalities Grant winners:

  • Bristol Somali Resource Centre
  • Bristol Somali Youth Voice
  • Heart of BS13
  • SEND & You
  • Shahporan Islamic Centre and Maternity Services at North Bristol Trust
  • Caafi Health CIC
  • Borderlands (South West) Limited
  • Bristol Horn Youth Concern
  • Chinese Community Wellbeing Society

 Clare Armour, Programme Lead for BNSSG Mass Vaccination Programme, said: “We had an overwhelming response to the BNSSG Reducing Inequalities Grants and are pleased to reveal the nine organisations whose projects will receive funding. The successful initiatives operate across a range of under-served communities across BNSSG; each organisation demonstrated a deep understanding of the barriers to vaccination faced by their community and approaches to help overcome these health inequalities.

“We would like to congratulate the winners and look forward to seeing the impact of their work on vaccination uptake in our area. A huge thank all the organisations who took the time to submit their compelling applications.”

“We recognise that large institutions such as the NHS don’t have all the solutions to tackling health inequalities or mitigating some of the effects of the pandemic, such as isolation and exclusion, that have affected many individuals and families across BNSSG.

“We hope that this grant will be a positive legacy of the BNSSG Vaccination Programme that continues our learning and helps embed new ways of working in collaboration with communities that proved successful as part of the COVID Vaccination Programme.”

The BNSSG Reducing Inequalities Grant builds on the work of the Vaccination Programme’s Maximising Uptake Group, which works in collaboration with communities to encourage people in under-served communities to have the COVID-19 vaccine. The Grant aims to empower local groups by funding projects they have designed to address local issues, in a way that works for their community.