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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.

There are four funding windows throughout the year to apply, if you are not successful with your first application then we encourage you to apply again!

Funding Season (2019-2020)Deadline for applicationsDecision panel will conveneSuccessful bids announced
Summer16 August 2019 (deadline extended)19 to 23 AugustWeek commencing 26 August
Autumn10 November 2019

11 to 15 November

Week commencing 18 November
Winter2 February 2020

10 to 14 February

Week commencing 17 February
Spring30 April 202011 to 15 MayWeek commencing 18 May

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

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


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 .

Equality and Diversity Fund guidance (PDF, 230 KB)

Equality and Diversity Fund Application form (DOCX, 71 KB)

Equality and Diversity Calendar

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  • 4 January - World Braille Day 
  • 20 January - World Religion Day 
  • 27 January - Holocaust Memorial Day 
  • 31 January - Young Carers Awareness Day

February Toggle accordion

  • LGBT History Month 
  • 5 February - Chinese New Year 
  • 6 February - International Day of Zero Tolerance to FGM 
  • 16 February - Lithuanian Independence Day 
  • 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 
  • 12 March - Commonwealth Day (Flag) 
  • 16 March - Disabled Access Day 
  • 20 to 21 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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  • 1 to 7 April - World Autism Awareness Week
  • 19 to 27 April - Passover
  • 21 April - Easter Sunday
  • 22 April - Ramadan begins 
  • 22 April - Stephen Lawrence Day
  • 23 April - St George’s Day (Flag)
  • 26 April - Lesbian Visibility Day

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  • 13 to 19 May - Mental Health Awareness Week 
  • 17 May - International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia 
  • 20 to 26 May - National Dementia Action Week

June Toggle accordion

  • 5 June - Eid-ul-Fitr 
  • 10 to 16 June - Carers Week 
  • 17 to 23 June - Learning Disability Week 
  • 20 June - World Refugee Day 
  • 22 June - Windrush Day (Flag)
  • 27 June - Pride London

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  • 11 July - Remembering Srebrenica (Flag)

August Toggle accordion

  • 11 August - Edi 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 
  • 21 September - World Alzheimer’s Day 
  • 23 September - Bisexual Visibility Day 
  • 29 September - Rosh Hashanah

October Toggle accordion

  • Black History Month 
  • 1 October - Nigerian Independence Day (Flag) 
  • 1 October - Older People’s Day 
  • 8 October - Yom Kippur 
  • 10 October - World Mental Health Awareness Day 
  • 11 October - National Coming Out Day 
  • 11 October - International Day of the Girl Child 
  • 12 to 19 October - Hate Crime Awareness Week 
  • 15 October - Baby Loss Awareness (Flag) 
  • 27 October - Diwali

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  • 11 November - Remembrance Day 11th - Interfaith Week 
  • 11to 15 November - Anti-Bullying Week 
  • 18 November - International Men’s Day 
  • 20 November - Transgender Day of Remembrance (Flag) 
  • 21 November - UK Disability History Month begins 
  • 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)

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  • 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