How to apply

Barking & Dagenham Renew, a new charity awarding funds for, and with residents of Barking and Dagenham

Round one of applications is now closed.

The Charity is spending some time evaluating the first round of grants, thinking about the best way to proceed.

We have developed a three year strategy focussing on funding, building and convening.



Barking & Dagenham Renew: Our Three Year Strategy

Barking & Dagenham Renew was formally launched in November 2017.  Our focus was, and continues to be, enabling and empowering residents with good ideas, to initiate new activities that add something to the borough.  Our first year has involved many conversations, explorations and learning from our first grant round.  This activity has led us to conclude that we have 3 objectives we want to fulfil over the next 3 years.

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To award small seeding grants to fund resident led activity that will impact the cultural, social and physical landscape of Barking & Dagenham.  We will be zooming in to focus on the Gascoigne Estate and Weavers Quarter area as a way to test this activity on a smaller scale.

With particular focus on ideas that promote intergenerational activity, ideas that bring together new and existing communities, supporting social cohesion across the borough and our test area at a time of borough wide change.


We see B&D Renew as being a convener, to bring together existing organisations who are developing and delivering resident led activities across the borough to meet together, share learning and position B&D Renew as the funder for activities that are impacting the specific local context and the cultural, social and physical landscape of Barking & Dagenham.


Build a base as a funder focused on shaping the local landscape of Barking and Dagenham, starting with new communities and developments across the borough, ensuring that alongside all development is effective and innovative community development to support both existing and new communities. This will include funding robust evaluation throughout to measure impact.


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    Round 1 of grants will be open from November 20th 2017 to February 20th 2018.

    Trustees will assess all applications and inform you of the decision within 6 weeks of the application window closing.

    If you are successful, we will give you all the information you need to know to get started. Grants should be spent within 6 months and you will be asked to submit a report at the end of your project to let us know what you achieved.

    We will use your feedback from Round 1 to develop and shape the application process for future rounds.

    Barking and Dagenham Renew accepts applications from anyone local, including individuals, registered charities and constituted or non-constituted organizations. Applicants must be able to identify how much funding they require and indicate whether these costs are for a new project or ongoing costs.

    For individuals that are applying that are unable to demonstrate a track record of managing grants or do not have a bank account, you will need a lead organisation to manage the grant on your behalf.*

    The organisation will need a bank account with a minimum of two signatories. If you don’t know any organisations, please let us know as we might be able to find one for you.  We do not want this to be a barrier.


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    You can apply for funding via this online application form, by downloading the form and printing from the link below, or by emailing us at to obtain a paper copy. Downloaded application forms can either be submitted by email with APPLICATION in the subject line, or by post to:

    Barking and Dagenham Renew
    Lifeline House
    Neville Road
    RM8 3QS

    You are able to submit an image to support your application, but this is not essential.



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