Deutsche Bank launches good cause fund for Lewisham

Voluntary and community projects in Lewisham are among those that can apply for support from the Deutsche Bank and Capital Community Foundation small grants fund for 2009.

The 2009 fund will focus on groups in Lambeth, Lewisham, Westminster and Camden and grants of up to £5,000 are available. Deutsche Bank is looking for projects which meet the following criteria:

· Applications with match funding or leverage potential, and good prospects for sustainability*
· Projects that are responsive to local issues
· Projects which might show a link with Deutsche Bank’s business, or provide an opportunity
for Deutsche Bank leadership (through employee volunteering for example)

Only groups with annual incomes of less than £150,000 can apply and their work must address some aspect of education (retention, achievement, progression) or community development (sport, outreach, employment, homelessness).

Your organisation will need to have the following elements in place prior to an application:

· A governing document (e.g. a constitution)
· An active management committee of at least three people (who are not related)
· Recent accounts (unless the group is new) and sound plans for managing your money
· A bank account in the name of the group, with at least 2 unrelated signatories
· An equal opportunities policy
· A safeguarding policy if working with children and/or vulnerable adults

They add that the grant cannot be used to fund:

· Capital costs or equipment purchase (you can ask for ‘consumables’ however)
· Heritage projects
· Spending that has already taken place (activities may take place from July onwards)
· Drugs related project
· Health related projects
· Projects working with under 11’s
· Individual sponsorship
· More than 30% of your total annual income

Please contact Cat Dix, Grants Officer, if you have any questions about the fund:
Tel: 020 7582 5117 Email:

We know that identifying sources of funding can be a big headache for community groups, so thanks very much to Drakefell Debaser for bringing this to our attention.

Download the form here and please let us know how you get on.