How to Apply

Area of Benefit

Our area of benefit for grants is North Southwark and Bermondsey. We operate two grants programmes (1) a Community Investment Large Grants Programme for applications of between £5,001 and £100,000; and (2) a Community Engagement Small Grants Programme for applications of below £5,000. Details of both programmes are below. Please read these carefully and ensure that you apply to the correct Programme. We welcome initial discussions about your proposals.

(1) Community Investment Programme 2017/18 – Large Grants applications of £5,001 to £100,000. Round 1 – closed. Round 2 opens in the New Year.

Our Community Investment Programme of Large Grants for 2017/18 is now open. Organisations can apply for between £5,001 and £100,000; the total to be awarded within the year is in the region of £525,000 (divided between investment rounds). We are normally heavily oversubscribed. Over the last two years the average grant size has been £43,574.

Programme criteria and preferences

Through our Community Investment Programme we prefer to fund creative, exciting activities and projects which are driven by:

  • demonstrable and evidenced need in North Southwark and Bermondsey
  • reciprocity – projects which give something back which is sustainable for communities
  • place-shaping – building and sustaining communities in neighbourhoods that are experiencing re-development and demographic changes
  • ground breaking ideas – fresh ways of thinking and dynamic leadership that can deliver them
  • Leveraging external funds through partnerships and corporate social responsibility
  • Value for money and a substantial return on investment.

We will also consider supporting requests for projects that require more than one year’s funding, although subsequent year’s support will be strictly conditional on meeting mutually agreed deliverables. We will prioritise organisations that have strong governance, a focus on quality in their service provision and a commitment to regulatory compliance.

We are keen to encourage new ideas for addressing need and harnessing the huge potential within north Southwark.  As such we would welcome exploratory conversations from organisations and individuals to develop ideas and explore potential collaborations.  Please contact Sarah Thurman, Head of Community Investments or Matthew Allgood, Grants Officer, at our head office on 020 3141 3432 / 3431 to discuss your proposal.

How to apply

Please complete and return your completed Expression of Interest form before the closing deadline below.

Community Investment Programme 2017/18 Expression of Interest Form

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Community Investment Programme 2017/18 Guidelines.

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Application deadlines

  • Round 1. Closed
  • Round 2. Closes February 2017 (TBC)

(2) Community Engagement Programme 2016/17 – Small Grants applications up to £5,000. Open

The Community Engagement Programme awards small grants of up to £5,000 although grants are frequently in the range of £1,000 to £4,000 and our average small grant award in 2015 was £2,014. We give preference to the following:

  • Small activities, projects and events that are created and delivered in North Southwark and Bermondsey, especially those that bring large numbers of people together and that give local residents skills, pride and the chance to shine.
  • Activities, projects and events which are capable of being scaled up, or replicated, across neighbourhoods in North Southwark and Bermondsey, learning from what works.
  • Creative, exciting and successful activities, projects and events currently based elsewhere that can demonstrate that they can operate in North Southwark and Bermondsey, in partnership with community groups that are established in our area of benefit.

How to apply

  • Please complete and return your application form before the closing deadline below.
  • For an initial discussion about  your proposal, please contact Matthew Allgood, Grants Officer, tel: 020 7089 9014. Email: matthew.allgood@ustsc.org.uk

Community Engagement Programme 2016/17 Application Form.

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Community Engagement Programme 2016/17 Guidelines.

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Application deadlines

There is one remaining deadline in 2016/17. Groups may make one application to our grant programmes in 2016/17 whether successful or not:

  • Noon on Friday 16th December 2016 (for projects, activities and events starting from late January 2017)

Other useful resources

Our logo

Groups & organisations that we have supported can receive a copy of our logo by contacting: matthew.allgood@ustsc.org.uk


Free guide to funding support in Southwark

St Saviour’s has produced a handy guide to funding support for community groups in Southwark borough. The leaflet is double sided A2 size  (ideal for wall mounting), folding down to A5 size, and is available in hard copy on request from Matthew Allgood, tel: 020 7089 9014, email: Matthew.Allgood@ustsc.org.uk

For a pdf version of the guide, click on the image below.

Funding guide front cover


Gazebo loan scheme

Decima Street Tenants & Residents Association has six ‘United St Saviour’s Charity’ branded gazebos that they are willing to loan to other community groups in North Southwark, for outdoor community events, subject to a £50 refundable deposit.


To hire a gazebo contact: Fola Ogunkola, Chair, Decima Street T&RA. Email: decimatra@hotmail.co.uk Phone: 07859 915 401.


Big Local South Bermondsey


St Saviour’s is the locally trusted organisation for Big Local South Bermondsey – a programme which aims to invest up to £1M of Lottery funds in the South Bermondsey area betweeen 2012 and 2022 , based on priorities set by residents of six local housing estates.

St Saviour’s holds funds on behalf of the Big Local South Bermondsey Partnership which comprises local residents, councillors and charities like Bede House and Millwall For All Trust. The residents have identified the following themes for the 10 year programme:

  • Improving how green and open space is used on and around the estates to increase a sense of community ownership
  • Encouraging young people to become actively involved in their area and develop skills for the future
  • Improving community participation by older people, including opportunities for young and old to work together.

Bede House provides infrastructure to the programme and a community development worker, Ann Clayton, has been seconded from Time & Talents Association to be the Community Engagement Manager for the Programme.

For more information about Big Local South Bermondsey, contact annclayton@bedehouse.org

Details of the national Big Local programme go to  www.localtrust.org.uk

Big Local July 2015