Funding in 2015 – and beyond
Bath City Farm is extremely grateful to all our funders, without which none of our work would be possible. Fundraising is an ongoing task, both to maintain existing provision and to enable us to continue to develop to meet new an emerging needs. We are always interested to hear from new potential funders. Contact our manger Helen Fisher to discuss further (email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
The Farm has raised its profile significantly in and around Bath over the past few years, undertaking more partnership work than ever before, attracting a record number of visitors, making significant site developments. Our charitable aims are:
“To build a caring, healthy and cohesive community through the involvement of local people – especially those who are disadvantaged in the development and maintenance of a productive green space, where they are able to learn about sustainable farming and food growing, acquire new skills and develop new friendships.”
The Farm now has a strong standing, both within the local and the wider community, and is in a good position to support those most at need, whether through community run engagement days, volunteering opportunities, training courses, outreach work or through our ongoing youth work. This is something we are very proud of: to be able to grow when the economic climate around us remains so fragile is a huge achievement.
In particular, we are particularly grateful to the following organisations, which all made significant contributions to the work of the Farm in 2015:
Big Lottery: Better Environment, Better Health, and a Better Quality of Life – this three year funding, ended August 2015. It provided funding for our supported volunteering programme. The aim of this programme was to increase participation of local people in the development of BCF as an accessible community green space, improving volunteers’ skills, self-confidence, and physical and mental health. The grant helped fund several staff salaries, including the Site Co-ordinator, Visitor and Volunteer Co-ordinator, and part-funding for the Farm Manager.
People’s Health Trust: @ the farm Youth Project – engaging young people in the development of the Farm thgrough an after school club, youth volunteering sessions, and a volunteering project specifically aimed at NEETs (young people aged 16-25 Not in Employment Education or Training)
Tudor Trust: part funding of Farm Manager post – to oversee all the projects at the Farm and continue to develop BCF
Hilden Charitable Trust: part funding for the EARTHworks Project – for people with learning disabilities
St John’s Hospital: Shelter from the Rain Project – a new café shelter and outdoor classroom. The café shelter offers further opportunities for relaxing, socialising, and meeting new friends. The outdoor classroom, situated in the middle of our main animal area, enables schools and older students to learn about the animals around them
St John’s Volunteer Programme: Mental Health Volunteering Project – core costs and staff salaries for mental health project
Quartet Fund for Older People: launch of Feathered Friends project – poultry project for over 65s
Garfield Weston: volunteer programmes – provided Core Running Costs to support all these programmes
Lloyds TSB Foundation: Mental Health Volunteering Programme – part funding for staff salaries supporting this project
Heritage Lottery Fund: Walk Through History Trail – funded creation of the trail and a series of 10 related workshops
Avon and Wiltshire Partnership Mental Health Partnership: Grow it, Cook it, Share it Mental Health Project – part funding for this project
Blue Surf Trust: Walk Through History Trail – part funding for staff costs
Big Lottery Reaching Communities Fund: Healthier Lives, Healthier Communities Project – three year grant from January 2016 – part funding for 8 core members of staff to develop projects for four different groups of beneficiaries:
- Families facing adversity
- Vulnerable older people
- Adults with complex needs
- Young people on the fringes of society
The Farm works in partnership with a number of local service providers and this provides us with additional income, including the following:
Sirona Care and Health – we provide quality volunteering placements for clients, and use of our training and community rooms
Bath College – provision of adult education courses at the Farm
Schools – school visits, both regular and one-off visits
Recent business support:
- Sainsbury’s Green Park store – BCF adopted as their Charity of the Year for 2015
- The White Stuff store – BCF adopted as their Charity of the Year for 2015
- Bath Rugby Foundation – BCF adopted as one of their four Charities of the Year for 2015
- The Apple Store, SouthGate – chose BCF to benefit from their Benevity scheme, in which employees volunteer at the Farm and Apple donates a monetary contribution towards each volunteer
- Roper Rhodes Bathrooms – made a substantial donation towards core costs for the Farm.
- Laing O’Rourke – provided concrete for our pig pens.
- Crest Nicholson – donated an almost new shipping container to house our events materials.
Fundraising is becoming ever more difficult in difficult economic times, and we will continue to need to work hard to achieve sufficient funding to enable the Farm to maintain our existing facilities and services as well as continuing to develop to meet new and emerging needs.
One of our ambitions for the future is to build a new café, to provide a greater welcome to our visitors, a place to meet and eat, and also to help generate additional income. We see the café as supporting our work reconnecting people with nature and the origins of their food, using wherever possible seasonal produce from the farm, prepared and served by a mix of caterers and people with learning difficulties. Achieving this will require considerable additional fundraising. Lloyds Bank Foundation is sponsoring a feasibility study for this project, and a local architects Fielden Clegg Bradley Studios are doing some pro bono work for us on preliminary drawings.
Recent awards (2015):
Bath in Bloom – Environmental category – GOLD
RHS ‘ It’s Your Neighbourhood’ – OUTSTANDING