Applications now open!

This blog should explain how you apply for funding with us. We’re trying to do things a bit differently. Our first round of funding taught us a lot about what people need from grant makers: less paperwork, more connections.

1// To start with, you need an idea for something you want to try out in Barking & Dagenham. What that is, is up to you. It might be something B&D has never seen before, it might be the next step of a project you’re already working on. We’re only giving small grants though, starting from £100, so bear that in mind.

It might not sound like a lot, but £100 might go further than you think. Maybe you want to try out a small idea with £100, see how it goes and come back to us for a little bit more and scale it up – that’s why we want to chat! All we ask is that you and your idea have a connection to the borough and that you share your journey with us.

2// Once you’ve got your idea, get in touch with us. The most reliable method is through email: but you can also call us on 07756 227 491. Please bear in mind that we only have one member of staff so text or leave a message if no one answers. This might also mean that we have to say ‘not yet’ to your idea if our Trust Officer is already supporting multiple projects.

Our Trust Officer, Cameron, will listen to your idea and let you know if it sounds like something we can support. The next step is to arrange a meeting. This gives you a chance to put a face to us and lets us know what you’re like. Cameron is happy to travel anywhere in the borough to make it as easy as possible for you to apply.

Cameron will ask you some questions and find out everything they need in order to take your application to the next stage. While you should come prepared to talk about your idea, don’t worry if there are some things you haven’t remembered or don’t know – we’re here to help with that. We’re interested in you and your idea, and part of that process might mean helping you figure things out.

3// As time goes on, we hope to bring more of the community into the decision-making process, as part of our three-year objectives but, for the time being, all decisions are made by the Board of Trustees.

Every month, the Trustees will be sent all the applications that came in that month. They will then have an online meeting with Cameron to go through each application and, hopefully, sign off on the funding. This will then be paid into your nominated account once you’ve signed your agreement – this will outline the terms of the grant, including details regarding any additional support you have requested and what form of feedback you have agreed to do.

No two ideas are the same, so no two agreements will be alike. Your idea might take 6 months and you’ll check in with us monthly over coffee, or it might take a single day and you’ll just write up your experiences as a blog post. All we’re interested in is finding out how you found the process, good and bad, and what we can do to help any next steps you might want to take. We want our feedback process to be useful, not just make more paperwork!

4// If any of this sounds confusing, please let us know – we want to be as useful to as many people as possible!

Throughout our funding process we’ll be organising events for grantees and other organisations to come together and network, so make sure to sign up for our newsletter to stay informed. It is our hope that some of your ideas will collide at these meetings and lead to more amazing ideas.


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