Community Investment Programme of Large Grants

Currently closed. In 2017/18, organisations were able to apply for over £5,000. The total awarded within a given year is in the region of £600,000. We are normally heavily oversubscribed. Over the last two years the average grant size has been in the region of £40,000.

Programme themes and priorities

For the next 3 years (2017-20), our Community Investment grants programme will have the following themes:

1.    Positive ageing: reducing isolation and increasing wellbeing amongst Southwark’s older residents

2.    Strong, resilient communities: connecting, enabling and strengthening communities within Southwark (both communities of place and communities of interest)

3.    Levelling the playing field: supporting population groups disproportionately experiencing social and economic disadvantage

Applicants will not be required to identify (or select) any one particular theme. You may submit an application that straddle the themes. More details of specific aims related to these themes can be found within our online application.

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, Community Engagement Grants Manager, at our head office on 020 3141 3432 / 3431 to discuss your proposal.

Community Investment Programme 2016/17 grants awarded

In April 2016 and July 2016, St Saviour’s confirmed the following 11 large grant awards:

Bede House. Learning Disabilities Service – The Inside Outside Project, £52,700.

Cargobike Life C.I.C. – Southwark Cycling Without Age project, £30,500.

London Reclaimed – Young Furniture Makers Training Programme, £33,375.

The Reader – Reading Together, Reading for Life, £32,000.

Time & Talents Association – Open Doors, £65,900 over two years.

Advising London – The Latin American Community Development Project, £63,400 over two years.

Bankside Open Spaces Trust – Community Green Champions, £41,600 over two years.

Pembroke House – East Walworth Community Leaders Programme, £90,657 over two years.

Ripe Enterprises – English and Employment Academy, £35,000.

Silverfit – Silverfit Fun and Fitness Sessions, £45,704 over two years.

Surrey Docks Farm – Get Farming! £56,000 over two years.

Total large grants £547,000

Recent large grants


A dynamic older people's exercise and well being programme.

Pembroke House

A two year community organising and capacity building programme.

Time & Talents Association with London Bubble

The Rotherhithe Shed

Guidelines to application

For the last few years we have required organisations to complete a two stage application process. Stage One – completion of a brief Expression of Interest (EOI) form. Stage Two – Organisations with shortlisted EOI will be notified and invited to make a second stage application. Following assessment they may be invited to interview with the Charity’s Grants Committee. 

In 2016/17, large grant awards totaling £547,000 were confirmed to 11 community organisations in North Southwark and Bermondsey.