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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 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.
2017/18 applications are now open
Deadline for submitting the applications is 6th February 2017, 5pm 
Click here for Building Communities Fund guidelines.
Click here to download the Building Communities application form.

These are the Building Communities Fund recipients for 2016/17:



ABACEI- Afro-Brazilian Arts & Cultural Exchange Institute           


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.

Blue Elephant  


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

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.

Construction Youth Forum


‘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       


‘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 


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   


“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


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

Southwark Playhouse   


‘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.

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.


If you are applying for funding, our Top Ten Tips for applying for funding (176Kb) might be useful for you. Community Southwark also have a useful checklist with simple Dos and Don'ts.

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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