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 closed
The deadline for submitting the applications for the next financial year will be announced January 2018.
for Building Communities Fund guidelines.
Click here to download the Building Communities application form.
These are 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.
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
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.
– 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.
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 email@example.com, quoting "Building Communities Fund".