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Grant Funding


What grants do Team London Bridge provide?

Team London Bridge is committed to building links with the local Voluntary and Community Sector (VCS) inside and around what has become a vibrant business district. We appreciate that not everyone has the time or energy to devote to first finding and then funding a good cause that they identify with. This is why we set up the Building Bridges, Building Futures and Building Communities Funds. In this way every business that contributes to Team London Bridge through the BID levy can be part of a collective Corporate Responsibility (CR) policy for the area. 

Case studies are available for each project that has benefited from the funds and can be used for annual CR reporting. If you are interested in learning more about the programme and ways to get involved more directly, please email sofia@teamlondonbridge.co.uk

 
Building Bridges Fund
Up to £60,000 split over three years (one organisation selected in each round). This supports registered charities delivering engagement and education programming for young people aged 5-19.
THE APPLICATION PROCESS FOR THIS FUND WILL OPEN IN 2019/2020. Click here for the previous funding guidelines. The current recipient of the Building Bridges Fund are Bankside Open Spaces Trust, in particular their project for Marlborough Sports Ground

Building Futures Fund
Up to £5,000 per year for two to three years. This fund is dedicated to supporting awarded organisations to drive internal innovation and sustainability with business engagement and mentoring support. 
THE APPLICATION PROCESS FOR THIS FUND MAY OPEN IN 2019. Click here for funding guidelines.
The current recipients of the Building Futures Fund are Bermondsey Community Kitchen and South London Cares, and you can find out more about their work here.  

Building Communities Fund (previously named the Small Grants Fund)
£500-£2,000 for one year long projects. This fund supports a range of projects from community events and workshops to football clubs, benefiting service users of all ages. 
DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS Monday 12 February 2018. Click here for funding guidelines.



Why do we provide funding for community groups?

The Building Bridges, Building Communities and Building Futures Funds help us all do more, with less.  Just over 5% of your BID levy contribution goes into these funds, yet the number of local organisations and the young people that have benefited from this money is enormous. 

An amazing variety of projects promote positive youth engagement, support cross-sector partnerships and help local VCS groups develop and become more sustainable, better delivering crucial services to their service users and wider communities.
 
The ultimate aim is to have a north Southwark community that is more positively engaged, supported and connected, with further opportunities for direct partnerships between London Bridge-based businesses and opportunities to develop necessary local programmes.

 

The Building Bridges Task Group
 
A taskgroup of London Bridge-based business representatives is responsible for managing this area of our work and makes funding decisions at regular meetings. Group members are currently:
  • Bridge Lounge & Dining Room (Chairing)
  • PwC
  • London Bridge City
  • Anthony Gold 
  • Southwark Council
  • Southwark Education Business Alliance
  • The Stress Exchange
  • WPF Therapy
This Task Group manages all of our grant funding, which is mainly focused on the SE1, SE16 and SE17 postcodes, with some exceptions (projects must take place in the borough of Southwark). The Building Communities Fund offers grants of between £500 and £2,000 for community  projects (including but not limited to youth arts programmes, TRA events, sports clubs, etc). The Building Bridges Fund supports one charitable organisation with up to £60,000 split over three years. The Building Futures Fund supports up to three organisations with funding of up to £5,000 per year, over 2-3 years focusing on organisational sustainability with business support.
 
If you are considering applying for one of our Funds and would like to discuss this in advance, please contact Sofia via email sofia@teamlondonbridge.co.uk or 0207 407 4701. 
 
 
 
 
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