About the project Community Southwark's Catalyst Grants pilot programme in Southwark, working with Impact on Urban Health Updated 6 May 2021 Catalyst Grants Programme brief: The Catalyst Grants Programme provides small grants of up to £500 to people on low income. Funds can be used flexibly for what people feel will make a meaningful difference to their lives and overall well-being, or help fulfil personal goals, where a financial barrier currently exists. Community Southwark has been funded by Impact on Urban Health (part of Guys and St Thomas’ Foundation), to run a pilot programme of the Catalyst Grant model in Southwark, the first time it has been set up in this borough. We are also looking to see if this project has a positive impact on overcoming Social Determinants of Health (SDH) This grant model was originally set up by Cripplegate Foundation, who have been running their programme successfully in Islington since 2009. The evaluation of Catalyst is limited due to the small budgets associated with the project, with case studies reported via organisations. Some of these case studies however have shown the Catalyst grants to have – as the name suggests – the power to catalyse impact. Awards are granted in blocks of £5000 to trusted partner organisations who then distribute funds to people they are already working with. This pilot is set to reach between 10-20 individuals per organisation (50-100 in total during the run of the pilot). The first 5 partner organisations were selected in February and are now in the early stages of distributing the grants. These partners are: Bede House – Assist domestic abuse survivors, people with learning difficulties, and offer youth programmes to children/young people from families on low income. CGL Southwark - Support individuals with substance misuse issues. Fair Finance – Provide specialist debt advice, focusing on providing bespoke one-on-one support to the most vulnerable in society. Peckham Rights! and Bells Garden TRA (joint bid) – Peckham Rights! promote racial equality and human rights for marginalised communities. Bells Garden TRA is a Tenants and Residents Association that serves the Bells Gardens Estate. Rastafari Movement UK - Deliver culturally specific, sustainable projects and hubs to counteract food injustice. Our Catalyst partners and Community Southwark are currently meeting quarterly to update one another and share best practice on the model and report on perceived impact of the grants. We anticipate that bringing these organisations together through this project will also give us a focused method for building deeper partnerships in Southwark. Furthermore, we are hoping to scale up this programme eventually (subject to funding) and bring in more partners but we are waiting to evaluate the impact of the first wave. More updates will follow. You can read our first 6 monthly progress report here. If you want to read more about SDH and how urban living impacts our health, you can download Impact on Urban Health's report 'Easing pressures: How work, money and homes can make our cities healthier and fairer'. How to get involved? The application to become a partner organisation for the first wave is now closed. However, if you want to apply to be considered for partnership in our potential second wave, you can fill out an application form here. This is subject to funding and is yet to be confirmed, but all organisations who applied for the first wave and have applied since will be considered, if we are able to expand. Any questions? If you have any queries about the project or the application form, please contact Shaida (Community Grants Officer) at [email protected] or call 020 7358 7704. We are very grateful to Impact on Urban Health (part of Guys' and St Thomas' Foundation) for funding this project.