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Building Communities Fund
The Building Communities Fund (previously named the Small Grants Fund) is delivered via the Team London Bridge BID levy. The grant consists of an annual pot dedicated to supporting local events, youth projects, residents’ activities and general community programmes. The funding allocation has been in existence for over 10 years and recognises the important need to invest in community infrastructure in the borough of Southwark, predominantly the north.

The beneficiaries can belong to any age groups,and ideally the majority must live in SE1, SE16 or SE17. Funded projects must also work in accordance with Team London Bridge's aim of supporting and promoting sustainable community places.

Applications for 2019/20 are now CLOSED. 
Click here for the Building Communities Fund guidelines.

Click here to download the application form for the Building Communities Fund. 

Building Communities Fund recipients for 2019/20

Team London Bridge are proudly supporting 10 projects this year, you can see below their brief descriptions (listed in alphabetical order). Should you require more details, please get in touch with Sofia via sofia@teamlondonbridge.co.uk

Aluaie Capoeira UK - Carer’s Well-being Project, Apr-Dec 2019    

Free of charge Capoeira classes for Carers living in North Southwark. The project focuses in carers that spend most of their time looking after someone with high and/or special needs and are in need to socialise, belong to a group or meet new people, to avoid becoming socially excluded.

Bede Youth Adventure Project - SummerCamp@Bede2019, 5-9 Aug 2019    

An action packed 5 day residential challenging young people to explore new environments, find new adventures, develop valuable life skills, build self-esteem and make lasting friendships whilst meeting new friends from around the world.

Edible Avondale - Walking Words, Apr-Dec 2019

30 young people will research, document and make performance pieces on local environmental issues that affect their lives, including: air quality, food insecurity and recycling of plastics; and solutions to these.

Family Holiday Association - Southwark Family Breaks, Apr-Nov 2019           

We are dedicated to providing seaside breaks and day trips for families coping with some of the toughest challenges life can bring, creating precious memories. Because a little sunshine goes a long way.

Futures Theatre - Underwater Love, Oct-Nov 2019           

Educational theatre and workshops for young people about the negative impact of pornography, sexting and sharing sexual imagery.

Half Moon Theatre – Transitions, May-Jul 2019      

A drama-based programme offering Year 6 students an opportunity to explore their fears, expectations and aspirations surrounding the transition to secondary school. By the end of the programme students will feel more confident about making the transition, gaining skills to help them deal with any difficulties they encounter.

Manor Estate TRA – ‘Street Manors’ Community Judo Sessions, Apr-Jul 2019             

We aim to engage, encourage and empower children aged between ages 6-16 in our local community. We want them to participate in a more structured, positive activity within the community while learning a new sport and steering them away from anti-social activities/lifestyles.

Southwark Park Cricket Club - Kids Cricket Programme, Jun-Aug 2019        

Free 8 x 90 min after school session for girls and boys 9-12 years provided by professional, qualified coaches, covering both soft and hard ball cricket, culminating in a whole day tournament against other clubs.

Stones End Day Centre - Positive Ageing, Apr 2019 - Jan 2020        

150 older people will be supported by this project at Stones End Day Centre with: 31 weeks of Toe Nail Cutting, supported by 2 Trained local volunteers and 31 weeks of Hair Dressing service - Shampoo and Cutting for men and women.

Time and Talents - Growing food, friendships and fun!, Apr 2019 - Mar 2020             

Time & Talents is connecting communities and raising awareness of the benefits of growing fruit and vegetables, by offering local residents of all ages the opportunity to learn to garden, prepare fresh food and enjoy eating together during this free weekly session in Rotherhithe. 



What people say about the Building Communities Fund:
"The children not only had a good time, they helped to create an urban garden. The gardens are used by many local people and as a play area for children." Robert Hulse, Brunel Museum
"Through the project our older people have felt more empowered having received a tailored service. This project allowed members to further retain their dignity and maintain positive self esteem." Brenda Wade, Stones End Day Centre, Age UK
"Feedback from students indicated how for many it was their first time performing or visiting a theatre, and that they now wished to do it again, or return and see more." David Workman, Southwark Playhouse

To read more about other funds available from Team London Bridge click here
For more information please contact Sofia Alexandrache, Responsible Business and Events Manager, on 020 7407 4701 or e-mail sofia@teamlondonbridge.co.uk, quoting "Building Communities Fund".
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