This summer, Better Bankside announced it was running a Small Grants Scheme to support a thriving local community and voluntary sector, with £5,000 available to be donated as grants of up to £1,000 per organisation. Applications could be made for funding towards a project or activity, for a one-off item of expenditure or for a specific contribution to core costs.
After reviewing all 25 applications received, a committee of representatives from Better Bankside’s Corporate Responsibility theme group decided to award the following grants:
- Ark Globe Academy - £400 awarded to purchase a greenhouse to support the school’s gardening and cookery activities, allowing students to grow fruit and vegetables so that they can harvest them during the school year.
- JusplayUK - £1000 to provide ten free play sessions to local children, including art and cookery-based activities, and allowing JusplayUK to seek further funding for its work.
- London Goalball Club - £500 to fund 12 sessions of this Paralympic sport for people with visual disabilities, enabling the club to increase its membership and apply for additional funding.
- Look Ahead David Barker House - £700 for gardening, cooking, art, music and other activities for residents at this hostel, helping them develop skills for independent living and building relationships between residents and staff in a different context.
- Lucy Brown House - £500 to buy a recumbent exercise bike so that the residents of this sheltered housing unit can maintain their fitness and enjoy a healthy lifestyle.
- South London Cares - £900 to deliver outreach sessions in SE1 to support older people and ensure they can access fuel grants, blankets and warm clothes to help them stay warm; and to deliver a fun Winter Social event for local older people.
- Southside Young Leaders Academy - £500 towards the cost of a tablet, keyboard and software to increase efficiency for this charity’s outreach workers, who support BAME boys aged 8-16 years in south London who are at risk of educational and social exclusion.
- St George the Martyr Church - £500 to purchase a large fridge to complement the existing foodbank service, allowing this church on Borough High Street to accept and offer fresh food donations to the local community, and help reduce food waste.
As the grants get put to good use by these organisations, we will share updates over the coming months of the progress of these projects. Some of these organisations, and many of the others which also applied to the Small Grants Scheme, offer volunteering opportunities and we will be working with them to advertise these over the coming months.
If you would like to find out more about Better Bankside’s Corporate Responsibility programme and opportunities for your business to get involved in the local community, please contact rn [at] betterbankside.co.uk (subject: How%20can%20I%20support%20the%20local%20community%3F) (Rachel Nicholson).