Sport England Small Grants

Sport England delivers National Lottery funding for not-for-profit organisations to help more people get active. Sport England wants to encourage adults and young people to become more active and develop lasting sporting habits. Aiming for everyone, regardless of age, background or ability, to feel able to get involved in sport and physical activity. Grants are £300–10,000.

They have relaxed a few rules about what they cannot fund. Your application should focus on what difference your project will make, not what you purchase to make it happen.


The Lord’s Taverners

The Lord’s Taverners is the UK’s leading youth cricket and disability sports charity. It is dedicated to giving disadvantaged and disabled young people a sporting chance.

The chance to:

  • Interact, play and train
  • Compete, win and lose
  • Learn, have fun and make friends

They run a range of programmes. Applications are reviewed at the end of each quarter.


The Dickie Bird Foundation

The Dickie Bird Foundation helps young people to take part in sport, by funding sports equipment and clothing. The foundation considers grants from all recognised sports. It only awards grants to individuals. (Teams and groups should not apply.)

The foundation’s vision is to encourage young people, irrespective of social circumstances, culture or ethnicity, in the sport they choose. By doing this they aim to improve those young people’s chances both inside and outside sport. They will only fund disadvantaged children aged under 16 for essential sports equipment and clothing. (Travel or coaching will not be funded.)


Beast from the East II

When the cold weather hits, we will be opening our small grants programme courtesy of an endowment from Avenues Trust. This year, we have also stockpiled emergency heaters in readiness. Details on how to access the funds will be announced when the temperature hits below zero for three consecutive nights.

We currently have an array of warm jackets, sleeping bags and other accessories available from the BDCVS reception.

Contact us for more information or to register your interest


Black History Month and Windrush

In partnership with a number of voluntary organisations and the Council, we have started planning for Black History Month 2019. This year, as part of our work, we are looking to start celebrating earlier. We are planning a programme of activities running from Windrush Day, in June, to Black History Month in October.

As part of our plans, we will be submitting a joint funding application to the Windrush Grant Programme.


Social Prescribing Database

Social prescribing enables GPs, nurses and other primary care professionals to refer people to a range of local, non-clinical services.

We are compiling an online database of social prescribing opportunities. This is in response to requests from the local community and voluntary sector, the London borough of Barking & Dagenham, and Care City (currently under the auspices of NELFT).

These are services that your organisation may already be providing or is able to provide. They are services to patients of local GPs, hospitals, and residents using Council services. There is currently no remuneration available for the delivery of such services. BDCVS will continue to lobby and work for a full cost recovery model on behalf of the local not-for-profit sector.

If you would like to be included in the database, please download this form and send to


First Steps in Social Enterprise

At BDCVS, we are concerned about the disparity between different sections of the community and voluntary sector. Certain sections have not had the opportunity to flourish and develop in the same way as their peers.

To address this disparity, we have commissioned an award-winning agency called Olmec to run a training programme. Up to 30 organisations in Barking & Dagenham will learn how to set up and run a successful social enterprise.

The course is free. It is running one day a week from late January to the end of March.


Mapping Children's Services

The Council is looking to map children's and young people's services in Barking & Dagenham. They are looking for details of not-for-profit agencies that deliver universal and targeted services. They are interested in services for children and young people (aged 0–18 years) and services for parents.

Contact Paula Sammon at the Council directly on 020 8227 2292 or by email