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Community Engagement Programme of Small Grants

Our small grants go up to the value of £5,000, but are most often in the range of £1,000 to £4,000. The average size of a small grant award in 2016/17 was £2,034.

We awarded around £177,000 in 87 small grants in 2016/17 across four funding rounds. We gave preference to applications for small activities, projects and events delivered in North Southwark and Bermondsey that brought large numbers of people from diverse communities together; and activities capable of being scaled up in, or replicated across, North Southwark. Applicants were constituted organisations with a governing document (constitution or set of rules), a management committee, and a bank account in the group’s name.

Community Engagement (Small Grants) Programme 2017/18.

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Programme themes and priorities

  • Our Community Engagement programme will mainly support the Strong, resilient communities theme: connecting, enabling and strengthening communities within Southwark (both communities of place and communities of interest).
  • It will also support projects falling under the following themes that are seeking smaller investments: Positive ageing: reducing isolation and increasing wellbeing amongst Southwark’s older residents and Levelling the playing field: supporting population groups disproportionately experiencing social and economic disadvantage.

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 Engagement Programme 2016/17 grants awarded

Between April 2016 and January 2017, St Saviour’s confirmed 87 small grant awards to community organisations with projects that improve the lives of north Southwark residents. Examples of our grants include:

Draper Tenants & Residents Association, Newington. Supporting the T&RA to transition to a registered charity.

Lucy Brown House, Bankside. Social and supper clubs for older residents.

Marden Square, Bermondsey. Gardening project for sheltered housing residents.

What’s on in Rotherhithe Group. Community thanksgiving festival to commemorate the Mayflower sailing.

Total small grants £176,927

Click here for a full list of small grants awarded in 2016/17.

Recent small grants

Mint Street Music Festival SE1

£971
Contribution towards Festival costs,

South London Cares

£4000
Older people's social clubs in north Southwark

Bankside Open Spaces Trust

£2,500
Crossbones Garden - materials and volunteer wardens training

Guidelines to application

We encourage you to contact us to discuss your small grant application. Please contact Matthew Allgood, Community Engagement Grants Manager, on 020 3141 3431 or matthew.allgood@ustsc.org.uk

Apply for a small grant

Start your application for a small grant now by following this link and completing an application form.