The Challenge: In recent years, numbers of newcomers to Bristol have risen. There are now at least 45 religions, 180 countries of birth represented and 91 main languages spoken by people living in Bristol. Tensions between long-term residents and newer arrivals have grown in some areas of the city, with an average of 40% of residents identifying community cohesion as a problem. Bristol is looking for creative and engaging ways to increase trust within communities so that residents come to behave in a neighbourly way and gain a shared sense of place, leading to a reduced number of reported incidents of hate crime.

The Opportunity: Successful proposals will be supported to demonstrate their solution in one of the neighbourhoods identified by the city. A landing programme will help the selected provider to pilot their solution and adapt it to the local context, offering logistical support and facilitating connections with local stakeholders. Bristol is particularly interested in solutions that could prove to be self-sustaining, but selected solutions could potentially be co-commissioned by the council.

Who can apply: Social entrepreneurs, citizens, designers, NGOs, and general city and community enthusiasts who work locally or internationally are all welcome to apply. The opportunity is open to anyone to support Bristolians to embrace difference and diversity, identify shared values, and strengthen mutual respect.

Congratulations to United Communities and Mescladís Foundation, selected by the Bristol Social Cohesion Challenge's evaluation panel to pilot their proposals in the City.

The Bristol Social Cohesion Challenge team would also like to congratulate and thank shortlisted proposers Growth Through Energy + Community Health (GTECH strategies), the Knowle West Health Park Company and Hartcliffe and Withywood Community Partnership, and The Participatory City. 


How to apply:

2) Review the evaluation criteria. 

1) Carefully read the full challenge statement.

3) Download and complete the application form.

4) Submit your application by 12:00 GMT 4 February 2016. 

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Bristol is the UK’s unofficial capital of the south west, a vibrant city with a range of strong industries and a reputation as a good place to live and do business. While Bristol has been a multicultural city for centuries, growing tensions in some areas of the city are partly due to increased immigration in recent years - at least 180 countries of birth are now represented. Bristol is looking for creative and engaging ways to build trust within the communities as part of the city’s resilience plans. 

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