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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 - these are mostly highlighted in our Equality and Diversity Calendar (see below).

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.

Due to the current pandemic and many events unable to take place because of coronavirus and social distancing guidelines, we had to put the applications on hold. 

We are pleased to now open up applications again, inviting you to apply for funding to hold an event for Black History Month in October. Applications will open on Windrush Day, 22 June 2020.  

Applications openApplications closeDecision panel will conveneSuccessful bids announced
22 June 2020.20 July 2020.Week beginning 3 August 2020.Week beginning 10 August 2020.

Equality and Diversity Community Fund application form

Section 1: Contact details


Section 2: Eligibility Criteria

Does your organisation fulfil the following criteria?
A Not-for-profit organisation, voluntary organisation or third sector organisation, including community groups, faith and equalities groups, charities, social enterprises, community interest companies, and co-operatives.
Based (partly or completely) in the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham and organising projects that will be completed within the borough and benefit its residents

Section 3: About your organisation

A) Does your organisation have an Equalities and Diversity Policy?
B) Does your organisation have appropriate levels of public liability insurance for the project you will be delivering?
C) Has your organisation received other funding from the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham in the last 12 months?
D) Do you/does your organisation have any previous experience running Equality and Diversity events or projects?
Max 200 words

Section 4: About your project

A) Will this event/project take place online or face to face?
Max 200 words

B) Your application is more likely to be successful if your project fulfils some or all of the criteria below:

  • Helps residents into employment, or closer to employment, or brings economic benefit to the borough
  • Improves the health and wellbeing of residents
  • Builds cohesion in the community or encourages civic pride
  • Creates volunteering opportunities for local people
  • Improves equality and inclusion for groups with protected characteristics
  • Contributes to the council’s aims outlined in the Borough Manifesto
Max 200 words
Max 200 words
Max 200 words
Max 200 words
F) Have you approached another grant awarding body for funding for this project?
Please list the items of expenditure of the indivdual cost of each. 

Section 5: Additional documents

Please tick to confirm you have attached the following documents to your application
One file only.
999 MB limit.
Allowed types: txt, rtf, pdf, doc, docx, odt, ppt, pptx, odp, xls, xlsx, ods.
One file only.
999 MB limit.
Allowed types: txt, rtf, pdf, doc, docx, odt, ppt, pptx, odp, xls, xlsx, ods.
One file only.
999 MB limit.
Allowed types: txt, rtf, pdf, doc, docx, odt, ppt, pptx, odp, xls, xlsx, ods.


Please note that successful grantees, if appropriate, must provide evidence of relevant documents including: Health & Safety Policy, Risk Assessments, Safeguarding Children and Safeguarding Adults Policy, Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) certificates and certificate numbers for all  staff, volunteers and Trustees working with children and young people and/or adults at risk

Any application submitted to deliver an activity or project which will work with children, young people and/or adults at risk must have Safeguarding processes in place.

Section 6: Declarations

Details of applications submitted will be shared with panel members who will be LB Barking & Dagenham officers and members of The BD Collective.

Application form and guidance

Please read the guidance notes to help you apply for the Fund. If you have difficulties using the online form, you can download a version of the form below. Please email the completed application form and supplementary documents to CE-Strategy@lbbd.gov.uk. .

Equality and Diversity Fund guidance (PDF, 230 KB)

Equality and Diversity Fund Application form (DOCX, 78 KB)

Equality and Diversity Calendar 2020

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  • 4 January - World Braille Day 
  • 19 January - World Religion Day 
  • 25 January - Chinese New Year 
  • 27 January - Holocaust Memorial Day 
  • 30 January - Young Carers Awareness Day

February Toggle accordion

  • LGBT History Month 
  • 6 February - International Day of Zero Tolerance to FGM 
  • 20 February - World Day of Social Justice

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  • Women’s Empowerment Month 
  • 6 March - Ghanaian Independence Day (Flag) 
  • 8 March - International Women’s Day 
  • 9 March - Commonwealth Day (Flag) 
  • 16 March - Disabled Access Day 
  • 9 to 10 March - Holi festival 
  • 21 March - International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination 
  • 26 March - Bangladesh Independence Day (Flag) 
  • 31 March - International Transgender Day of Visibility

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  • 2 April - World Autism Awareness Day
  • 8 to 16 April - Passover
  • 12 April - Easter Sunday
  • 13 April - Vaisakhi
  • 22 April - Stephen Lawrence Day
  • 23 April - St George’s Day (Flag)
  • 24 April - Ramadan begins 
  • 26 April - Lesbian Visibility Day

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  • 18 to 24 May - Mental Health Awareness Week 
  • 15 to 21 May - Dementia Awareness Week
  • 17 May - International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia 
  • 23 to 24 May - Eid-ul-Fitr

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  • 8 to 14 June - Carers Week 
  • 15 to 21 June - Learning Disability Week 
  • 20 June - World Refugee Day 
  • 22 June - Windrush Day (Flag)
  • 27 June - Pride London

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  • 5 to 12 July - Remembering Srebrenica Memorial Week (Flag)
  • 17 July - World Day for International Justice
  • 30 July - World Day against trafficking persons 
  • 30 July to 3 August - Eid al-Adha

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  • 30 July to 3 August - Eid al-Adha
  • 12 August - International Youth Day 
  • 14 August - Pakistan Independence Day (Flag) 
  • 15 August - Indian Independence Day (Flag)

September Toggle accordion

  • 10 September - World Suicide Prevention Day 
  • 18 to 20 September - Rosh Hashanah
  • 21 September - World Alzheimer’s Day 
  • 21 September - International Day of Peace
  • 23 September - Bisexual Visibility Day 
  • 27 to 28 September - Yom Kippur 

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  • Black History Month 
  • 1 October - Nigerian Independence Day (Flag) 
  • 1 October - Older People’s Day 
  • 9 to 15 October - Baby Loss Awareness (Flag) 
  • 10 to 17 October - Hate Crime Awareness Week 
  • 10 October - World Mental Health Awareness Day 
  • 11 October - National Coming Out Day 
  • 11 October - International Day of the Girl Child 

November Toggle accordion

  • 11 November - Remembrance Day 11th - Interfaith Week 
  • 11 to 15 November - Anti-Bullying Week 
  • 14 November - Diwali
  • 19 November - International Men’s Day 
  • 20 November - Transgender Day of Remembrance (Flag) 
  • 18 November to 20 December - UK Disability Month 
  • 25 November - International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women / White Ribbon Day - followed by 16 days of activity 
  • 28 November - Albanian Independence Day (Flag)

December Toggle accordion

  • 18 November to 20 December - UK Disability Month 
  • 1 December - World AIDS day 
  • 3 December - International day of persons with disabilities (Flag) 
  • 10 December - Human Rights Day 
  • 18 December - International Migrants Day 
  • 25 December - Christmas Day