Bristol 2015 successfully attracted a record amount of private funding in comparison with previous European Green Capital cities.
The award does not come with any formal funding from the European Commission. Bristol 2015 regularly reports progress against all of the publicly funded elements of the programme that it has been contracted to deliver by Bristol City Council.
The City Council has provided Bristol 2015 Ltd with funding of £1m. This is being used to fund the following:
- Development and maintenance of the Bristol 2015 website. This is an asset which will pass to the City Council on the closure of Bristol 2015 Ltd
- Support for the following programme partners: Bristol Big Green Week, the Go Green business engagement scheme, the Bristol Solar Balloon and Happy City Index
- Contribution to the costs of setting up the Bristol 2015 company and developing the programme.
In addition, £7m has been awarded to Bristol by the Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC). To date this has funded:
- Grants for community projects
- Summits and conferences
- Green schools programme
- 'Bridging the Gap' opening event
- Neighbourhood Arts Programme
- International Green Tech Festival
- Volunteer programme
- The Bristol Method, which will evaluate, measure and quantify the changes that 2015 generates for the city, creating a benchmark for others.
'2015 has got off to a flying start thanks to support that we have received from various organisations across the city and further afield. It is important that we make a clear distinction between public and private investment during the project so that citizens can see where public funds are being directed and that they are being well spent. At the same time, we have to respect the commercial sensitivities of the arrangements with our sponsors from the private sector, which is why it is wholly appropriate that the financial details of these partnerships are not in the public domain'.
Andrew Garrad, Chairman of Bristol 2015
To see the full details please visit this commonly asked questions page on the Bristol City Council site.