NCIL Funding

The Neighbourhood Community Infrastructure Levy (NCIL) is part of a fee the Council charges developers who build new housing developments in the borough. The money is set aside, specifically, to fund local neighbourhood projects.

Such projects include:

  • Building playgrounds;
  • Environmental improvements;
  • Healthy-living projects; and
  • Community initiatives.

The whole of Barking & Dagenham is covered by the NCIL. The Council agreed this, in December 2017, to provide a balanced approach to supporting growth across the borough. The aim is to make sure no areas are left behind.

You can apply for up to £10,000 of NCIL funding. Read the NCIL campaign guidance for information about eligibility and complete the online form. At BDCVS, we have made a copy of the form to help groups, which you can complete before transferring online.

BDCVS has made representations to the Council to help improve the process. These have been incorporated into the guidance. If you think more can be done to improve the process of grant-making in the borough, let us know.

Contact us at for a one-to-one appointment for help with your application or to discuss the grant-making process.


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.


Armed Forces Covenant

BDCVS is proud to be the first organisation in Barking & Dagenham to sign the new Armed Forces Covenant.

Signing commits us to a promise of mutual support between the civilian community and the local armed forces community.

This will be reflected in our recruitment policies for staff and volunteers. We will make sure our staff and trustees have the understanding and skills to work with veterans. Our staff and trustees will support the delivery and development of services for veterans.

You can find out more about the Covenant at GOV.UK.

BDCVS is hosting a series of meetings to help support agencies and organisations to work with veterans. The aim is to increase awareness of services locally.


Keep B&D Hate Free — Tackling Hate Crime, Extremism and Intolerance

BDCVS is looking to bring together more organisations that work on tackling Hate Crime, Extremism and Intolerance. To support the development of a new strategy for the borough.

We would like to hear from you if:

  • You work or volunteer for a not-for-profit organisation, and
  • You want your organisation's view reflected in the strategy’s development.

Contact: Rita Chadha.


State of the Borough Report 2018

The London Borough of Barking & Dagenham (LBBD) hosted the State of the Borough conference on 27 September.

You can download a copy of the full State of the Borough 2018 report.

Chris Naylor's (Chief Executive, LBBD) State of the Borough report and Michael Green's Social Progress Index presentation slides are available. For a copy of the slides, email:

The Borough Data Explorer is a new tool that allows you to compare Barking & Dagenham's performance with the rest of London. Where data is available, you can visualise performance within each of the 17 wards and drill-down to smaller local areas. Try out the data explorer via the LBBD website.