The Building Communities Fund (previously named the Small Grants Fund) is delivered via the Team London Bridge BID levy. The grant supports local community projects (including but not limited to youth outreach programmes, sports clubs and TRA events) for awards between £500-2,000.
Applications for the 2015/16 Building Communities Fund will be accepted in December 2015 and January 2016 - final deadline 5pm Friday 29 January.
The projects that we're supporting for the 2015-16 Small Grants Fund are as follows:
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".