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Community funding

We are currently running four community funding schemes: Crowdfunding, the Local Lottery, the Neighbourhood Fund (NCIL) and the Equality and Diversity Community Fund’.

Community projects that can raise up to 50% (up to a maximum of £10,000) of their overall fundraising target can be considered for Crowdfunding, whereby the council will match fund the amount that has been raised by public donations.

The Local Lottery is a weekly online lottery created to support local causes in Barking and Dagenham. Tickets are only £1 per week, with 60% going to local good causes and prizes of up to £25,000 for ticket winners.

The Equality and Diversity Community Fund gives local charities and community groups a greater role in delivering events related to the Barking and Dagenham Equality and Diversity Calendar, creating new and engaging projects that will benefit residents.

Find out more information about Crowdfunding, the Local Lottery and the Equality and Diversity Community Fund:

The Neighbourhood Fund

The Neighbourhood Fund (NCIL) is a fantastic opportunity for local community groups to bid for up to £10,000 worth of funding to spend on local initiatives that will benefit our residents. It is a process that genuinely involves residents in recommending projects, to be funded with money received through the borough’s Neighbourhood Community Infrastructure Levy (NCIL).

The first round (February 2019 to May 2019) saw the Resident Panel award £112,799 to 13 local community groups across the borough. You can see the breakdown of this funding in our table below:

Organisation nameProject descriptionAmount requestedWards working in
Barking and Dagenham Youth DanceSupporting 10 local young people to design, lead and learn from their own youth-led project.£9,946All wards
U3AAdvancing education- in particular the education of older people and those who are retired from full time work- and contributing to personal development.£3,188All wards
Humdum UKDelivering a hot and fresh foodbank weekly to vulnerable persons and providing sufficient food and support for individuals to cook.£9,417All wards
Mums on a MissionThe Intergenerational Programme is a space for adults to interact with young people, engaging in sessions that explore self-development and topics such as promoting healthy relationships and entrepreneurial skills.£10,000All wards
Barking Churches UniteOffering a weekly drop-in centre for the homeless and those in need of help at Barking Library, providing free meals and support.£3,000Abbey, Gascoigne
Community ResourcesOffering healthcare support, classes and activities for participants who are isolated and struggling with issues such as poor physical/mental health, domestic abuse, housing, language barriers and poverty.£9,998Parsloes, Becontree, Mayesbrook, Valance
Creative B&DEnsuring that Dagfest- an annual community-led outdoor arts festival in Dagenham Village- can inspire more local people and get neighbours talking and working together.£10,000All wards
Ethnic Minorities PartnershipDeveloping and implementing a community-based cardiovascular disease and diabetes awareness and support programme for 200 adults aged 40 to 70 years resident in River ward.£9,950River
Harmony HouseDress for Success will support the neediest families in the borough to provide a new school uniform for their child. The project will be targeted at year 6 pupils who are transitioning to their Secondary School.£10,000All wards
Peer2PeerHelping to reduce the number of young people at risk of becoming involved in knife crime and/or entering into gang culture in Barking & Dagenham.£9,990All wards
TKOTKO Boxing Club provides opportunities for children and young people to engage in boxing in Barking and Dagenham.£7,500Abbey, Gascoigne
TriangoalsKids fitness activities for young people and children such as football, karate, ballet and multi-sports.£10,000Thames, River
Young Stars Football

PlayTime Football Club brings children (aged 8-16) together weekly to participate in various football activities regardless of ability, skills or gender.


Second round funding

The funding for the second round is below:

Organisation nameProject descriptionAmount requestedWards working in

The Becontree Cycle Centre offers low-cost refurbished bikes to borough residents and also offer free bike checks, low-cost servicing, and advice on all aspects of local cycling, including training and route planning. The Pedal Power programme provides free cycle mechanic training courses to individuals.

£9,700All wards
Company Drinks

Wild & Wellbeing is a year long programme for local families and carers with children based at Company Drinks in Barking Park. They will run weekly Gardening and Craft Sessions, with family lunches and organise trips to discover nature across LBBD and east London.

£6,900Longbridge and Barking
NFCBThe two projects are Carpet Bowls and Nimble Fingers & Board Games (Knit & Natter).  Bringing together residents who live on their own or feel isolated. The Carpet Bowls activities help residents keep fit and make new friends. The Nimble Fingers group make items such as premature knitted hats and cardigans, knitted hats for the homeless and knitted poppies and knitted baby items for a local Trust£2,765.12Chadwell Heath and Whalebone
Al MadinaThe Hive is a Women’s Hub offering a range of services for women in Barking and Dagenham delivered by the women of the community for the women. Its overall aim is to encourage, enable and empower women to have the skills and confidence to achieve what they want in life. The Hive is there for ALL women and is set in the grounds of Al Madina Mosque in Barking, the space is warm and welcoming.£10,000Abbey
UKON CarersUKON offer all the schools (and PRUs) within the Borough the opportunity to participate in arts & culture workshops designed to inform pupils of employment opportunities in various cultural industries. The plan is to grow the social media presence by developing the website to better inform people and organisations across the Borough of the services.£10,000All wards
Box Up CrimeIs a drop-in youth centre in the heart of Barking, which provides mentoring, counselling, for young people as well as creative and teaching spaces focusing on enterprise and business free of charge for young people to use - improving wellbeing and fostering local talent. £10,000Abbey
NiaNia Huggett Women’s Centre is a beautiful, safe, community space for women in Barking and Dagenham of all ages and ethnicities. The space includes computers on which women research information, activities and services, prepare CVs and job applications, make contact with friends and families (UK and overseas). The funding goes towards staff to support the volunteers and increase the availability and use of the drop-in service.£10,000All wards
Youth League UKLed by young people, local community members will refurbish and equip the ATTIK community centre, make it more secure and attractive to more users and introduce new activities for under 13-year olds.  They will paint and re-carpeting, install CCTV, purchase music production equipment, publicise centre activities and recruit new members£9,950.42Village
Ultimate Counselling Therapy ServiceFlourishing & Fervent Families project will empower 125 people from 25 Black, African and Minority Ethnic (BAME) families who live in the Borough and that have a child/children involved with social care services or/and have at least one family member experiencing mental health problems. Services provided will include provision of support with access to employment, education or training, parent/child art therapy groups, integrative parenting training workshops plus counselling and psychotherapy.£9,987.50All wards
Independent Living agencyPromote and delivers a healthy lifestyle project which will meet the needs of residents with various disabilities. The main focus for the project is to reduce social exclusion and isolation. There will be a weekly peer support forum which will look at a healthy living program with a 'come dine with me' at the end of every session, where everybody has the chance to bring some healthy food in and share in a small group, enabling social interaction and showing a way of living healthily.£9,000All wards

Third round funding

The third round saw our resident panel award fund the below 13 projects for a total of £129,405:

Organisation nameProject descriptionAmount requestedWards working in
Shpresa Programme

Supplementary school at Gascoigne Community School every Saturday. Targeted particularly at the Albanian-speaking community (though open to all) and it comprises of regular activities.

Barking and Dagenham Youth DanceExpansion of ‘Youth Dance Instructor Training’ course and will offer support to 12 young people aged 16-19 the chance to learn the foundation of becoming a dance instructor in an out of school youth offer.£9,920Abbey
bMoney Wize LtdHear Your Book Project: local people will be invited to write and publish their writing in an audible format to sell it online.£9,998River, Village
Make a Difference at SandiesFree talking therapy to residents of Barking and Dagenham, Redbridge, Waltham Forest and Havering residents. The therapy is for residents suffering from mental ill health, depression, domestic violence, age and medical concerns.£10,000Becontree, Alibon, Chadwell Heath, Heathway, Mayesbrook, Whalebone
The Source - run by Barking ChurchesDrop-in centre for people needing support with unemployment, housing, homelessness, loneliness, mental health issues etc. They will broaden their service to guest by facilitating mental health and well-being projects.£10,000Central Barking
Kingsley HallThe Eden Community Supermarket will offer healthy food including donated produces from Crisis Fare-share and local suppliers and fresh produce grown in their urban micro allotments.£9,600All Wards
Excel women’s AssociationWellness café for women and families in the borough. Will provide community to access basic ICT support for the resident that are otherwise digitally excluded due to language and cultural barriers.£10,000All Wards
Bluebird PicturesInternational film in Barking and Dagenham celebrating culture and community. Film makers at all levels invited to submit a short film out of which a winner is selected and prized with everything they need to get started in the film industry.£10,000Abbey
Reede Road AllotmentsEnriching the lives of disabled, low mobility and isolated person allowing them to grow fruit and Vegetables within a community environment. Over next few years is to improve one allotment sites at Reede Road.£10,000Alibon
Refugee and Migrant Forum of Essex & LondonSupporting undocumented children who have the right to British citizenship or status but cannot assert that right due to a lack of legal representation.£10,000All Wards
HumDum UKProviding hot and fresh items to vulnerable persons in the borough, the service is extended to providing cooked and raw take away meal, health, hygiene, sanitation and clothing support.£10,000All Wards
St Chad’s Church Chadwell HeathImproving access and mobility issues in a small landscape are via repurposing an unused concreted area and part of the pre-school garden.£10,000Chadwell Heath, Whalebone
Green Shoes Arts CICA month-long Festival of programmed activity specifically for and by artists, performers, directors, musicians, dancers and participants who have live experiences of mental health.£9,887Chadwell Heath, Whalebone Heath


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“NCIL funding has had a huge impact on BDYD. It has allowed us to increase our youth offer by engaging with more local young people in a leadership project that will see local teenagers organising and creating their very own community event. BDYD received the funding after presenting to a panel of local residents so it’s very rewarding to know we were chosen by local people, not only ensuring they are given a voice in how the money is being distributed, but also they will be able to enjoy the Community event due to take place in 2020.

BDYD worked with London Youth, M&C Saatchi and Parliament on a youth leadership project called Goodvibes. A group of BDYDers worked together to create a community social with the aim to bring local people together, which took place at the Broadway theatre on 23 June - this has now been followed by an advertising campaign led by M&C Saatchi. Look out for BDYD members Kayden and Artenisa all over billboards in B&D now!”

Georgina Alexiou, Founder & Project Manager, B&D Youth Dance

B&D Youth Dance

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“We were excited to get through to the second round and thrilled to receive a grant of almost £10,000 which has so far enabled us to buy equipment for our pilates class and for drop-ins run by our volunteer pharmacist and also to start a bi-weekly Let’s Get Moving class, run by Whole Body Therapy, to improve the mobility of some of our older participants. In September we are starting a Zumba class and are also looking to begin ballroom dancing and carpet bowls in the near future.

This funding is proving to be invaluable in helping us to support local residents to improve their fitness and make friends at the same time.”

Sally Dixon, Open Doors Project Co-ordinator, Community Resources

The Neighbourhood Community Infrastructure Levy (NCIL) is a fee that we charge developers who are building new housing developments in the borough, which is set aside to fund local neighbourhood schemes such as community initiatives, health projects or environmental improvements. By encouraging residents to award funding to local community projects, we can link residents to the opportunities that regenerate the borough, create and support the priority of No One Left Behind.

We welcome applications of up to £10,000 from any local community groups who have an idea for a new community initiative for residents. During funding opening windows, the application form can be found on our One Borough Voice website.

The application window for the Neighbourhood Fund (NCIL) opens every six months and is next scheduled to open during the following time periods:

  • August 2020
  • August 2021

Following the application window closure, we will undertake due diligence on each application received to check for eligibility, ensure that each organisation has dedicated Safeguarding and Equality and Diversity policies and is financially stable. Each application will then be sent to the Resident Panel for the first round of scoring; groups will need to meet the 40% approval threshold to ensure that they proceed to the Dragon’s Dens rounds.

The Dragon’s Den rounds will see each organisation present their projects to the Resident Panel who will then vote on whether or not to fund each project. The Cabinet Member for Community Leadership & Engagement and the Director of Policy and Participation will then meet to finalise and confirm the funding decisions made by the panel and each successful group should receive funding within two months.

Please see our NCIL application for funding guidance information (PDF, 190KB)

If you have any questions, please contact the Participation and Engagement Team direct by emailing community@lbbd.gov.uk.