Is there an issue in your local area you would like to discuss with your neighbours? If so, you may want to apply for the Democracy Fund.

The fund is part of the council’s Empowering Communities Programme, which makes it easier for residents to discuss and get involved with the issues that directly affect them.

The funding can be used for things like equipment hire (IT equipment / Wi-Fi etc), venue hire, Zoom license, publicity / invitations and refreshments.

A total of £20,000 per year is available to be shared between groups across the borough, who want to hold meetings or events on issues specific to their local neighbourhood.

Applications are welcomed throughout the year: from 19 August 2021 to 31 March 2022.

Who can apply:

  • any individual/group(s) who live and work in Southwark
  • groups that are working together on a shared issue or topic

Who cannot apply:

  • organisations not established in the UK
  • organisations that do not have any local links and/ or do not have a track record of working locally
  • political groups and organisations
  • groups/individuals who seek to make personal financial gain

How are decisions made?

Application process opens from 19 August 2021 to 31 March 2022. Once applications are received, a panel of Community Champions (councillors) will assess and make decisions on which projects receive funding.

Applicants will be notified within 4 to 5 weeks after submission.

More info

For further information, please visit:

Email: [email protected]