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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 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 borough of Southwark, predominantly the north.

The beneficiaries can belong to any age groups,and ideally the majority 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.

Applications for 2019/20 are now CLOSED. 
Click here for the Building Communities Fund guidelines.

Click here to download the application form for the Building Communities Fund. 

Building Communities Fund recipients for 2018/19

Team London Bridge are proudly supporting 14 projects this year, you can see below their brief descriptions (listed in alphabetical order). Should you require more details, please get in touch with Sofia via sofia@teamlondonbridge.co.uk


Cultural Exchange

Apr 2018 – Mar 2019

12 months of Afro-Brazilian dances and rhythms workshops as a tool for social inclusion and skills development for young people that are at risk of social exclusion and youth offending.

Aluaie Capoeira UK

Carers' Wellbeing Project

Apr – Oct 2018

Free of charge Yoga and Meditation classes for Carers living in North Southwark. The project focuses in carers that spend most of their time looking after someone with high and/or special needs and are in need to socialise, belong to a group or meet new people, to avoid becoming socially excluded.

Bede Youth

Summer Camp

6 - 10 Aug 2018

An action packed 5 day residential on the Isle of Wight challenging young people to explore new environments, find new adventures, develop valuable life skills, build self-esteem and make lasting friendships whilst meeting new friends from around the world.

Breathe Arts Health Research

Melodies for Mums

Oct 2018 – Jan 2019

A programme of 10-week community-based singing workshops for mums with new babies who have symptoms of post-natal depression and/or persistent low mood, stress and anxiety about the new birth. The programme is based on published scientific research demonstrating up to 41% reduction in symptoms.

Change Please

Additional Barista Training

Apr 2018 – Mar 2019

Change Please is committed to ending homelessness. From 2018-2019 we are committed to employing and training 3 people experiencing homelessness as full-time Baristas for a year. We will use the funding to provide additional training and support to ensure they can be successful in their roles.


More Creative

Jan – Mar 2019

Engaging vulnerable adults with disabilities and disadvantaged school children in Southwark in high-quality creative arts experiences. The programme will bring together 10 participants from Bede House and 10 children from Grange Primary School to help break down barriers, develop shared understanding and encourage social interaction.

Edible Rotherhithe

Community Garden Build Club

Jun – Oct 2018

The Community Garden Build Club is a monthly club for local residents from North Southwark. There will be mixed and women-only classes and participants will learn how to make gardening resources using recycled materials.

Futures Theatre

Underwater Love

Oct – Nov 2018

Educational theatre and workshops for young people about the negative impact of pornography, sexting and sharing sexual imagery.

Half Moon Theatre

More Important Things


An arts education project for students in Year 6 who are about to transition to secondary school. The project helps them travel safely around the borough as they are often travelling independently for the first time.

Jimmy Asher Foundation

Healthy Cooking & Life Skills

Apr – Jun 2018

Aims to motivate/change habits amongst participants creating a healthier lifestyle, whilst providing them with the opportunity to achieve accreditation & potentially employment within the catering industry.  JAF has engaged / supported 4,000+ young people over the last five years.

Mental Health Foundation

Thrive LDN Thriving Communities

Apr 2018 – Mar 2019

We are working with Thrive LDN to improve the ‘health and happiness of Londoners’, by building skills, confidence, links and cohesion, in three of London’s most deprived communities including the Rockingham Estate (SE1), which is where we are applying for this grant for.

Southwark Helping Hands

Crafts Club

Apr 2018 – Mar 2019

The project will be a series of crafts events providing seasonal and everyday crafts, made by adults with physical and learning difficulties which will then be sold to the public on a market stall, giving them a sense of the working world.

Stones End Day Centre

Stronger Together - 2 course meal for 195 older people

Apr 2018 – Mar 2019

People will be catered for weekly and served a hot meal cooked on site for 39 weeks at Stones End Day Centre, followed with a healthy choice of yoga, fruits or pastries, the meal will be completed with a traditional English tea or coffee. The average age of participants is 84 years old and nearly 75% are formally identified at risk of malnutrition or diagnosed with dementia which adversely affects older people’s quality of life.

Time and Talents

Cycling Without Age

Apr 2018 – Mar 2019

Cycling Without Age is an intergenerational project that matches volunteer cyclists with frail. isolated, older people to enjoy the experience of cycling together. At Time & Talents we have three trishaw bikes and cycling volunteers who regularly run rides at sheltered housing and nursing homes across the area, building, fun, friendship and mutual support.


What people say about the Building Communities Fund:
"The children not only had a good time, they helped to create an urban garden. The gardens are used by many local people and as a play area for children." Robert Hulse, Brunel Museum
"Through the project our older people have felt more empowered having received a tailored service. This project allowed members to further retain their dignity and maintain positive self esteem." Brenda Wade, Stones End Day Centre, Age UK
"Feedback from students indicated how for many it was their first time performing or visiting a theatre, and that they now wished to do it again, or return and see more." David Workman, Southwark Playhouse

For more information please contact Sofia Alexandrache, Responsible Business and Events Manager, on 020 7407 4701 or e-mail sofia@teamlondonbridge.co.uk, quoting "Building Communities Fund".
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