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Building Communities Fund
The Building Communities Fund (previously named the Small Grants Fund) is delivered via the Team London Bridge BID levy. The grant consists of an annual pot of £9,000 dedicated to supporting local events, youth projects, residents’ activities and general community programmes. The funding allocation has been in existence for over 10 years and recognises the important need to invest in community infrastructure in the north of the borough.
There are no set criteria in terms of beneficiaries’ age groups though the majority of participants must live in SE1, SE16 or SE17. Funded projects must also work in accordance with Team London Bridge's aim of supporting and promoting sustainable community places.
2016/17 applications are now closed
Click here for Building Communities Fund guidelines.
Click here to download the Building Communities application.
Please email sofia@teamlondonbridge.co.uk if you have any questions.


2016-17 Building Communities Fund projects:


ABACEI- Afro-Brazilian Arts & Cultural Exchange Institute           


1st April 2016 – 31st March 2017

Cultural Exchange - Delivering the martial art Capoeira and associated activities involving music, dance and language learning as a tool for social inclusion among the most disadvantaged children in the community of Southwark.


Southwark Playhouse   


6th June 2016 – 20th July 2016

‘Faithful Friends’ - This project will allow young people to interact with the arts, and in particular the works of Shakespeare, in a safe and comfortable way, and develop their knowledge and skills as a foundation for individual wellbeing.


Blue Elephant  


12th April 2016 – 1st July 2016

‘Speak Out’ - An interactive theatre based project supporting young people’s emotional wellbeing and empowering self-esteem, resilience and positive progression.


Brunel Museum              


25th July 2016 – 5th August 2016

Summer play scheme - A two-week play scheme for 40 local children, celebrating with craft and performance, the first Thames Tunnel Fancy Fair of 1852.


Construction Youth Forum


1st March 2016 – 28th February 2017

‘Budding Builders’ London Bridge - supporting sustainable community places in north Southwark and helping young people from SE1/SE16/SE17 progress towards employment.


Half Moon Young People’s Theatre       


April – July 2016

‘Dramatic Maths’ – aims to support children in making a positive start in education and to bring to life a subject which students often find difficult to grasp.


My First 1000 Days         


April 2016 – March 2017

My First 1000 Days - Provision of exercise to music and yoga classes free of charge to vulnerable women coming from disadvantaged backgrounds and that currently are at risk of becoming social excluded. An important aspect of the project is that the target group will have small children and we will also provide an onsite play area where the children will be able to play while their mothers exercise.


Salmon Youth Centre   


20 July 2016 – 15 Aug 2017

“Mixables Summer Programme”: This summer residential helps build the confidence, skills & independence of young people with disabilities and increases their access to opportunities.


SE1 United         


April 2016 – March 2017

‘Legacy Project’ – Work with young people deemed extremely high risk of offending – providing emotional, mental health and employment support.


Stones End Day Centre


1st April 2016 – 31st March 2017

Dignity and Self-Respect for Older People: hairdressing, massage and toe nail cutting for 30 local older people from North Southwark.


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Here is what people say about the Small Grant Fund:

"Parents on the Tabard Estate say the drama group funded by the Small Grant Fund gives children the chance to socialise and express themaselves as well as making friends with children from the other parts of the estate."  Genevieve Collier, Tabard Gardens South TRA

"Our theatre project encouraged young people to work together creatively, to express themselves and to communicate both orally and in writing." Suzanna Rosenthal, Steam Industry Free Theatre Co.

For more information please call 020 7407 4701 or e-mail sofia@teamlondonbridge.co.uk, quoting "Building Communities Fund".

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