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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.

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.

2017/18 applications are now OPEN

We now welcome applications for projects requiring between £500 and £2000, and due to take place between April 2018 and March 2019. The deadline for submitting your application is Monday 12th February 2018, midday.

Click here for Building Communities Fund guidelines.

Click here to download the Building Communities application form.


To give you an idea on who we funded in the past, please see below the Building Communities Fund recipients for 2017/18:

Aderito’s Football Academy – Futsal Academy will engage and develop our young people from Avondale Square Estate (SE1) through a weekly indoor futsal training session and competitive match.

Brunel Museum - 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.

Cambridge House – Sensational Sports is a therapeutic exercise project providing trampolining and swimming activities to children with learning disabilities in Southwark

Capoyoga UK - Provision of yoga and meditation classes for women in the borough of Southwark that come from vulnerable backgrounds, minority groups and that have been subjected or are at risk of domestic violence, abuse or social exclusion.

Create and Bede House - More Creative is a multi-form programme engaging disadvantaged school children and vulnerable adults with disabilities in Southwark in high quality experiential arts activities

Free to Be Kids - The Create & Cook Project is a therapeutic afterschool group for particularly vulnerable children, developing emotional literacy, social skills and self-esteem via shared creative cooking.

Futures Theatre - Underwater Love is an educational theatre and runs workshops for young people about the negative impact of pornography, sexting and sharing sexual imagery.

Shine Mentoring – A volunteer-led charity operating five mentoring programmes to primary schools in the London Boroughs of Southwark. The programmes have shown that providing university student mentors enhances the learning and development of children through proactive support and positive role models.

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


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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