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. 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 – likely to open in February 2017.

Organisations can apply for between £5,001 and £100,000; the total to be awarded within the year is in the region of £650,000 (divided between investment rounds). We are normally heavily oversubscribed. Over the last two years the average grant size has been £43,574.

Round 1 – Programme criteria and preferences

Round 1 of our Community Investment Programme preferred to fund creative, exciting activities and projects of one year or more 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 also prioritised 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.

Application deadlines

  • Round 1. Closed
  • Round 2. Likely to open in February 2017. Details of programme criteria and how to apply will be on our website.


(2) Community Engagement Programme 2017/18 – Small Grants applications up to £5,000. Likely to open in February 2017.

The Community Engagement Programme awards small grants of up to £5,000 for community projects although grants are frequently in the range of £1,000 to £4,000 and our average small grant award in 2016/17 was £2,034. The 2017/18 Community Engagement Programme will open in February 2017, for projects starting from 1st May 2017. Details of how to apply will be available on our website.


Other useful resources

Free guide to funding support in Southwark **updated for 2016/17**

St Saviour’s has updated its guide to funding support for community groups in Southwark borough for 2016-17. The guide is available in pdf format – simply click on the image below.

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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.

Our logo

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


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