About the project Community Southwark is launching a Catalyst Grants Project in Southwark with Guys’ and St Thomas’ Charity (GSTTC). Catalyst Grants project brief (from GSTTC): Catalyst 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. Awards are granted in blocks of £5000 to trusted partner organisations who then distribute funds to people they are already working with. Individuals use the funding for a wide range of educational and recreational opportunities that are meaningful for them, such as Pilates teacher training, taking The Knowledge test to become a taxi driver, gym membership, therapy sessions, or a new mattress etc. You can find out more about Cripplegate & Islington Giving’s previous run of the project here. 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. This project is part of GSTTC's projects focusing on social and economic determinants of health in order to ensure longer, healthier lives for all people living in urban areas. Please read more about this here. Following Cripplegate's model, Catalyst organisations will meet quarterly (or more often if needed) to update one another and share best practice. We anticipate that bringing these organisations together through this project will give us a focused method for building deeper partnerships in Southwark. Details of project run: Host organisation: Community Southwark Length of project: 14 months Project start and end time: February 2021 until April 2022 Number of partner organisations: We are looking to have a maximum of 5 to start, may increase this number later (subject to funding). Funder: Guys’ and St Thomas’ Charity Area: Southwark Next steps: CS and partner organisations are to co-design a ‘Catalyst’ project to be implemented in Southwark Deliver the project Evaluate the project The aim is to design the project as of February 2021 and open grant applications from the 1st of April 2021 and finish 12 months later. However, the time frame does have some flexibility. As Community Southwark will be running the project, we will be managing all of the administrative tasks we can perform from our end to try and make the partner organisations’ involvement as easy as possible. 10% of the grant (£500) to cover partners’ admin costs will also be made available. How to get involved? The application to become a partner organisation for the first wave is now closed. However, if you want to apply and be considered for partnership in the future, you can fill out an application form here. We are hoping to be able to scale up the project in the next few months but this is subject to additional funding. If you have any queries about the programme or the application form, please email Madeleine Marcateus (Community Grants Officer) at [email protected] or call 020 7358 7704. Any questions? If you have any queries, please contact Madeleine Marcateus (Community Grants Officer) at [email protected], or call 020 7358 7704. We are very grateful to Guys' and St Thomas' Charity for funding this project.