The Building Futures Fund (BCF) is a brand new
grant stream that started in 2016 as a result of extensive consultation with
the wider community and the Building Bridges Task Group. It was set up to
support up to three organisations in its first application year (subsequent
years’ funding availability will depend on the number selected in the pilot
year). Groups can apply for up to £5,000 per year for two to three years
(maximum £10,000-£15,000 total award) to deliver initiatives in north Southwark
(SE1, SE16 or SE17).
Alongside funding, selected applicant groups will
each be matched with carefully selected businesses to support them to
reach strategic aims. This may take place via quarterly meetings and collaborative projects
throughout the funding terms.
The aim of this fund is to support local organisations to achieve new levels of
strategic growth and innovation; deliver more comprehensive and intuitive
services/activities for their communities; and broker sustainable cross-sector
In 2016 two organisations were appointed as BCF
recipients, which means in 2017 we are welcoming applications to appoint a
third organisation (only one will be selected). For this specific round we’d like to hear from
organisations that deliver community related projects around the broader arts, culture and heritage sphere and we’re
interested to see proposals that would incorporate elements of bringing some of
these elements into London Bridge.
The current recipients of the Building Futures
Fund are Bermondsey Community Kitchen and South London Cares, and you can find
out more about their work here.
The deadline for Expressions of Interest is 5pm 30
March 2017. An Expression of Interest shouldn't exceed 1000 words, and more details on what it would contain are listed in the guidelines document below. Following receipt of Expressions of Interest, a
shortlist will be requested to complete application forms setting out their
proposed initiatives in more detail.
Download here the Building Futures Fund guidelines.
Building Futures Fund application form (for your information only - please do not submit this unless your Expression of Interest has been successful and you have been invited to do so)