Southwark is a borough of contrasts. While the population as a whole is growing more affluent, large numbers struggle to make ends meet.  The pandemic compounded existing inequalities and had a devastating effect on many who were already struggling, particularly minoritized groups. The cost-of-living crisis has created even more challenges for many residents of Southwark.

So the priorities of our grants programmes are perhaps even more relevant than when our trustees approved them several years ago.  Our priorities (and the outcomes we want to achieve) are as follows:

  • Communities are inclusive, strong and supportive of each other (Strong, Resilient Communities).
  • Older people are experiencing a great quality of life (Positive Ageing)
  • All residents have the same life opportunities and are equipped to take advantage of them (Levelling The Playing Field)

We support organisations and specific initiatives through an open programme of large grant and small grants, and we work in partnership with others at a national, regional and local level to maximise the impact of our community investment programme.

Please note that we only fund projects that benefit the people who live and work in our area of benefit – the London Borough of Southwark – and we increasingly try and support smaller local and user/BAME-led groups.

Download our Community Investment Aims and Guidance

Download our Community Investment and Grant-Making Policy and Procedure