Better Bankside is offering Community Grants again this year to organisations and groups that are supporting the local community as they continue to deal with social and economic impacts of the pandemic and the inequalities that have been highlighted over the past year.
Grants of up to £500 are available for organisations that are delivering services to benefit people living in the Better Bankside BID area, or those areas of Southwark which are affected by higher levels of deprivation, in particular those in north and central Southwark. Information about these areas can be found in the Information Pack.
In particular, we are keen to support one-off costs or provide a significant contribution towards work that is focused on the ongoing impacts of the pandemic and to support the recovery over the comings months, including but not limited to:
- Digital exclusion
- Social isolation and rebuilding connections
- Black and minority ethnic groups, including BME-led organisations
- Education and employment, especially for young people
- Mental health
- Food and/or hygiene poverty
Examples of previous grants awarded include helping to purchase five digital devices so that the Dragon Café can enable more of its patrons to access their online programming and mental health support from home. St George-the-Martyr church on Borough High Street used a grant to purchase a gazebo so that they can run more outdoor events for the local community:
“Thanks to the Better Bankside small grants scheme we were able to buy a fantastic gazebo earlier this year. It is already transforming what we can do in our garden spaces; providing shelter to our garden volunteers and acting as a focus for our family events. We are looking forward to an exciting summer with our gazebo becoming a storytelling tent, an afternoon tea marquee, and a place for people to come together to enjoy the outdoors.” Heidi Cutts, Heritage and Communities Officer, St George-the-Martyr church.
Grants will be awarded in two rounds, and application forms should be submitted by 5pm on the following dates:
- Round 1 – Thursday 17 June 2021
- Round 2 – Thursday 21 October 2021
Further information about the Community Grants scheme and process to apply can be found in the Information Pack, and all applications should be submitted using the Micro-Grants Application Form, please download both documents below.
For more information about the Community Grants scheme, or to discuss your application before submitting it, please contact Rachel Nicholson.
Micro-Grants Application Form