United St Saviour’s Charity normally operates two open grants programmes –  Large Grants and Small Grants.  Both focus on following themes:

  • Strong, resilient communities: that communities in Southwark are inclusive, strong and supportive of each other.
  • Positive ageing: older people in Southwark are experiencing a great quality of life.
  • Levelling the playing field: that all residents have the same life opportunities and chances.

Large Grants Programme

The Large Grants Programme normally opens for applications twice a year: in spring and late summer/autumn (normally March/April and late August/ September).

Large grants applications involve a two stage process, starting with a simple Expressions of Interest followed by a longer full application for shortlisted groups.  There is a 6 month lead-in time.

We award both unrestricted and project/service grants, but we can only give unrestricted grants to groups working in Southwark alone.  We know how tough the fundraising environment is at the moment so we are trying to prioritise smaller, Southwark-based groups as much as we can, as well as groups that are representative of the population groups they work with.  Get in touch with Sarah Thurman (Sthurman@ustsc.org.uk) or Jason Charles (JCharles@ustsc.org.uk) for more information.

Small Grants Programme

The Small Grants Programme opens twice a year, at the same time as large grants.

We have seen an increased demand for small grants across the borough, so our small grants are maximum £3,000. Grants for street/estate parties or similar one-off events are normally awarded a flat £1,000.  We have a quick turn-around for small grants – normally a decision is made within 2-3 weeks from when the portal is closed.