Equality and Diversity Community fund

Each year we organise a range of events and projects to celebrate and promote equality and diversity within the borough

Charities and community groups play an important role in delivering these events. One of the aims of the Borough Manifesto is greater community cohesion and ensuring that change in our community is resident led.

The Equality and Diversity Community Fund will allow local charities and community groups to take a greater role in delivering events related to the Barking and Dagenham Equality and Diversity Calendar, creating new and engaging projects that will benefit our residents. These projects should promote social inclusion, celebrate diversity, and support equality through providing opportunities for people with protected characteristics. Further information on protected characteristics can be found on the Equality and Human Rights Commission website

As COVID-19 restrictions have currently been lifted, events will be able to take place in person with social distancing and safety measures in place (pending the current government guidance at the time of your event).


We are pleased to open up applications again from Saturday 1st of October 2022 (midnight) to Monday 31st October 2022 (midnight), inviting you to apply for funding to hold an event for any Equality, Diversity and Inclusion event in particular, but not exclusively, for:

  • International Day of Persons with Disabilities (December)
  • Christmas (December)
  • LGBT+ History Month (February)
  • Race Equality Week (February)
  • Women's Empowerment Month (March)

Please apply using the application form and guidance (you’ll need to create an account for your application).

If you would like a MS Word version of the application form, please contact the team on CE-strategy@lbbd.gov.uk

The Equality and Diversity Community Fund Application Guidance 2022-23 provides further information to help support you with your application.

The Equality and Diversity Community Fund Application Guidance 2022-23 (PDF, 226KB)

We hold three application windows for the Equality & Diversity Community Funding every year, applications will be accepted for the whole of that month (approx. 4 weeks) as follows.

1 February - applications open:

  • Early March - panel meets
  • Mid-March - applicants informed of decision

1 June - applications open:

  • Early July - panel meets
  • Mid July - applicants informed of decision

1 October - applications open:

  • Early November - panel meets
  • Mid November - applicants informed of decision
Equality and diversity calendar 2023

Equality and diversity calendar 2023


  • 22 January Chinese New Year    
  • 27 January Holocaust Memorial Day      


  • 28 February LGBT+ History Month          


  • March Women's Empowerment Month
  • 6 March Ghanaian Independence Day   
  • 8 March International Women's Day      
  • 8 March Holi     
  • 13 March Commonwealth Day  
  • 16 March Young Carers Action Day         
  • 22 March Ramadan starts          
  • 31 March International Transgender Day of Visibility      


  • 2 April World Autism Awareness Day     
  • 14 April Vaisakhi             
  • 21 April Eid ul Fitr           
  • 22 April Stephen Lawrence Day 
  • 23 April St George's Day


  • 9 to 15 May Mental Health Awareness Week     
  • 15 to 21 May Dementia Action Week     
  • 17 May International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia & Biphobia            


  • June Pride Month          
  • 5 to 11 June Carers Week           
  • 19 to 25 June Learning Disabilities Week             
  • 21 June Windrush Day (75 Year Anniversary)      
  • 29 June Eid ul Adha       


  • 11 July  Srebrenica Remembrance Day  
  • 18 July to 17 August South Asian Heritage Month            


  • 14 August Pakistan Independence Day  
  • 15 August India Independence Day        
  • 24 August Ukraine Independence Day   


  • 10 September World Suicide Prevention Day      
  • Date TBC Youth Parade
  • 21 September World Alzheimer's Day    


  • October Black History Month    
  • 1 October Nigerian Independence Day  
  • 1 October International Day of Older Persons    
  • 9 October Uganda Independence Day    
  • 8 to 15 October (TBC) National Hate Crime Awareness Week      
  • 9 to 15 October Baby Loss Awareness Week       
  • 10 October World Mental Health Day    
  • 17 October World Menopause Day        
  • 24 October Zambia Independence Day  


  • 12 November Interfaith Week   
  • 12 November Diwali      
  • 13 to 19 November Trans Awareness Week        
  • 19 November International Men's Day       
  • 20 November Transgender Day of Remembrance            
  • 25 November International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women & Girls
  • 25 November White Ribbon Day             
  • 28 November Albanian Independence Day         


  • December Christmas Cheer       
  • 1 December World AIDS day      
  • 3 December International Day of Persons with Disabilities           
  • 7 December Hanukkah 
  • 25 December Christmas Day
Equality and diversity calendar

Equality and diversity calendar 2022


  • 9 July: Eid al-Adha


  • 24 October: Diwali


  • 14 to 18 November: Anti-Bullying Week


  • 25 December - Christmas Day