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 will be accepted until 5pm 29 January 2016.
for Building Communities Fund guidelines.
to download the Building Communities application.
2015-16 Small Grants Fund projects:
A residential to experience for 36 young people to visit the countryside including camping, adventure activity and group discussions about their beliefs and behaviour in their community.
Project date: 26 July – 31 August 2015
A two-week playscheme for 50 local children, celebrating with craft and performance, the first Thames Tunnel Fancy Fair of 1852. The programme will also include improvements to the site’s rooftop garden.
Project dates: 27 July – 7 August 2015
Dickens Estate TRA
Young People’s Drama Group – free after school and weekend classes for up to 20 young people featuring theatre games and songs themed by the history of the Dickens Estate and the texts of Charles Dickens.
Project dates: February - June 2015
Half Moon Theatre Company
Transitions - drama project to help Year 6’s address fears, expectations and aspirations for their important transition to secondary school via three school visits in North Bermondsey.
Project dates: June & July 2015
Play On – 10 day course where 300 young people will learn drumming, steel pans, brass/woodwind or dance culminating in several performances including Bermondsey Carnival, The Clore Ballroom Southbank Centre and Notting Hill Carnival
Project dates: 1 June – 30 September 2015
Rewrite Summer School - A five day performance workshop (drama, creative writing and dance) for 20 young people in partnership with London School of Samba culminating in a performance as part of the Carnival del Pueblo parade.
Project dates: 28 July – 2 August 2015
South London Mission
Holiday Lunch Clubs - Supports 40 pupils who receive free school meals with a programme of activities during school holidays including cooking lessons, swimming classes and summer trips.
Project dates: 1 April – 23 December 2015
Waterloo Sports Football Club
Football for All – Weekly 2 hour football and physical fitness coaching sessions with an emphasis on mentoring for young people. Participants will also have opportunities to access other activities at the Club such as workshops, volunteering and the Youth Forum.
Project dates: 5 March – 2 July 2015
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 email@example.com, quoting "London Bridge Small Grants Fund".