Social Investment Enterprise Grants

To support charities and social enterprises working in either the homelessness or the youth sector. It is for organisations that are thinking of exploring new models of trading to help them become more financially resilient. For organisations to develop or grow their enterprising activity, earned income and financial resilience. For organisations that require financial or business support to make the transition.

There are Feasibility Grants of £5,000–10,000 and Development Grants of around £50,000.

The grants programme is open on a rolling basis. The Social Investment Business Group, which is administering the programme expects it will be open for applications until June 2019. The exact date will depend on levels of demand for grants. They will update the guidance notes when they have set a final application date. They will aim to give as much notice of of the final application date as possible.


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.)


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


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


Black History Month 2018 Review

BDCVS is working with the Council and local organisations that took part in Black History Month. We will be reviewing what went well and what can be improved.

A number of agencies have asked for the planning to start earlier.

We will kick-start the monthly planning meetings again in January for Black History Month 2019.

Do get in touch to comment on Black History Month 2018 or to register your interest in events for 2019.