Code of Fundraising Practice

The new Code of Fundraising Practice came into effect on 1 October 2019. This is its first major redraft in almost a decade to improve its style, presentation, clarity and accessibility. The Code's fundraising standards apply to all charitable institutions and third party fundraisers in the UK.

The online version of the Code of Fundraising Practice is now easier to use and navigate and includes a Glossary of key terms.


National Churches Trust

The National Churches Trust is a charity for people who love church buildings. Their work is dedicated to supporting places of worship of historic, architectural and community value used by Christian denominations.

The National Churches Trust supports a wide variety of projects through their grant programmes. From repairing a roof to helping to install an accessible toilet, and many other projects.

They offer four types of grant:

  1. Cornerstone between £10,000 and £50,000
  2. Gateway between £3,000 and £10,000
  3. Foundation Grants for Maintenance between £500 and £3,000
  4. Preventative Maintenance Micro-Grant up to £500


Marsh Christian Trust

The Marsh Christian Trust focuses on providing funding that could help small organisations pay for various running costs. Their funding strategy is to provide long-term core funding for costs such as:

  • Volunteer expenses;
  • Training days;
  • Equipment maintenance; and
  • Other core outgoings.

Grants are unrestricted and range from £300–£2,000. Successful new applicants can expect to receive a grant at the lower end of this scale.

The Trust aims to build long-standing relationships with successful applicants. Subject to an annual review, it aims to continue its support over time.


Japanese Delegation to visit Barking & Dagenham

A delegation of Japanese Government officials and charities is due to visit Barking & Dagenham on Tuesday 1 October.

Their focus will be on how charities are managed and governed in the UK. We have been asked to invite local groups for a shared round table. If you would be interested in getting involved, please get in touch


Commissioning Round Table

BDCVS is currently exploring how commissioning operates in Barking & Dagenham.

We have asked the council a number of questions based on the queries groups have raised with us. We are now awaiting the answers.

We will then be working with national agencies. We will be exploring what more we can do to unpick better how commissioning works in Barking & Dagenham.

If you would like to be involved in the project please do get in touch


The Neighbourhood Fund: open now!

Do you have an idea for a community project that will benefit local residents in Barking and Dagenham?

Applications for grants of up to £10,000 are now open. The London Borough of Barking & Dagenham (LBBD) would love to hear from you.

Following the success of the first round of the Neighbourhood Fund (NCIL) the second round of funding is available. Earlier this year £112,799 was awarded to 13 local community groups across the borough.

Applications from all community groups, charities and social enterprises in Barking and Dagenham are welcome. If your group was awarded funding in the last round, you are not eligible for funding in this round.

Proposed projects and initiatives must benefit residents of the borough and link to the Borough Manifesto.

The application window will remain open until 10pm on Sunday 22 September. Submit your application through the One Borough Voice website.


The Weavers' Company Benevolent Fund

The Weavers' Company Benevolent Fund supports work in the following areas:

  • Young Offenders
  • Prisoners and Ex-prisoners
  • Young disadvantaged people, especially those at risk of criminal involvement

They are especially interested in helping smaller organisations which offer direct services. Organisations must normally be registered charities or in the process of applying for registration. The Company will consider funding up to £15,000 per annum and will normally award a grant for one year only.


The Woodward Charitable Trust

The Woodward Charitable Trust provides small grants (£100–£5,000) and large grants (over £5,000) to small to medium-sized charities with an income of less than £300,000. Separately it provides children's summer playscheme grants (considered in April each year) for charities with an annual income of less than £100,000.

The Woodward Charitable Trust's grant-making focuses on:

  • Children and young people
  • Prisoners and ex-offenders
  • Disadvantaged women
  • Disability projects
  • Arts outreach work
  • Projects that promote integration and community cohesion amongst minority groups

The trustees favour small-scale, locally based initiatives. Funding is primarily for one-off projects, but the trustees are also willing to fund core costs. Most grants are only for one year.


The Golsoncott Foundation

The Golsoncott Foundation supports projects that demonstrate and deliver excellence in the arts, in particular fine arts and music. This includes providing access to the arts for young people and developing new audiences. Grants vary according to context. They are not subject to an inflexible limit, but will not normally exceed £3,000 or be recurring.

The trustees meet on a quarterly basis to review applications.

The Golsoncott Foundation


Equality and Diversity Community Fund LBBD

The London Borough of Barking & Dagenham (LBBD) organises a range of events and projects to celebrate and promote equality and diversity.

The Equality and Diversity Community Fund gives local charities and community groups a greater role in delivering events. These are events that relate to the Barking & Dagenham Equality and Diversity Calendar. The aim is to create new and engaging projects to benefit residents.

Projects should promote social inclusion, celebrate diversity, and support equality through providing opportunities for people with protected characteristics.

There are four funding windows, during the year, when you can apply. If you are not successful with your first application you are encouraged to apply again.

Schedule of deadlines (successful bids announced):

  • Autumn 27 October 2019 (w/c 11 November)
  • Winter 2 February 2020 (w/c 17 February)
  • Spring 30 April 2020 (w/c 18 May)

LBBD Equality and Diversity Community Fund