Countryside Communities Fund awards £30,000 to South West charities and invites bids for further funding

By Anita Jaynes on 25 April, 2022

Countryside, the UK’s leading mixed-tenure developer, has donated £30,000 from the Countryside Communities Fund to local initiatives working in Bath and North East Somerset and Bristol, with a further ten donations of £2,000 each available for local charities and organisations to bid for.

The Countryside Communities Fund, set up in response to the Covid-19 pandemic in spring 2020, is supporting local charities and groups, food banks and others providing essential local services in locations where Countryside operates across the country. Countryside is proud of the support and donations it has provided over the past year and is pleased to be continuing its commitment to supporting local communities.

The initial £30,000 of funding will benefit local organisations working in the Bath and North East Somerset area, where Countryside is making progress at its flagship Sulis Down housing development site. The donation is being split between a range of initiatives that are providing invaluable support to the local community, including Julian House, Food Cycle Bath, Rainbow Trust South West, Bath Mind, and the Quartet Community Foundation.

A computer generated image of the Countryside Sulis Down Development.

This year a further £20,000 will also be donated to local groups as part of Countryside’s latest round of funding. There will be a total of ten further donations of £2,000 each for projects based within the Bristol, Sedgemoor and Bath & North East Somerset local authority areas and the funding must be used to enhance the local area and community.

Darren Dancey, Managing Director, South West, Countryside, said, “At Countryside, we are committed to building sustainable communities and we know that this goes beyond simply building new homes. The challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic over the past two years have made life more difficult for many local people and charities, and so we’re proud to be supporting a range of local organisations through the Countryside Communities Fund. We hope our latest round of funding will make a positive difference to people across the South West.”

Organisations looking to apply for an award must request an application form by emailing The deadline for applications is Saturday 30th April 2022 and the successful applicants will be notified on 31st May 2022.

Countryside is pleased to confirm that subsequent funding will be made available in other areas so there will be further opportunities to apply for funding.