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):

  • Winter 2 February 2020 (w/c 17 February)
  • Spring 30 April 2020 (w/c 18 May)

LBBD Equality and Diversity Community Fund



Porticus UK

Programme Areas:

  • Education
  • Society
  • Faith
  • Care

Grants of £10,000–25,000 to support organisations working with poor and marginalised people. Activities should reflect Christian responsibility and support for the Roman Catholic Church. Porticus does not accept unsolicited applications for funding. You are invited to send them a letter of introduction, after you have read their website and reviewed their criteria. They accept letters of introduction throughout the year.

Porticus UK


Commercial Education Trust

Commercial Education Trust (CET) is an independent charity that believes commercial education is essential to the development of young people. They support programmes that build the knowledge, skills, understanding and capabilities of young people. To help young people prepare for employment, self-employment and enterprise.

Priorities are:

  • Skills development
  • Employability
  • Enterprise
  • International/global trade

Recently funded projects have included:

  • London Chamber of Commerce and Industry to run a pilot project to improve business engagement in schools
  • Enabling Enterprise — training teachers to support enterprise and employability skills
  • A training programme supporting entrepreneurs and small business owners in a rural district in Ghana

They accept applications for funding at any time during the year.



The Wakeham Trust

Grants to help people rebuild their communities. The Wakeham Trust normally gives grants to projects where an initial £125 to £2,500 can make a real difference. They can take risks and support unpopular causes in ways that big charities find hard to do.

They are particularly interested in:

  • Neighbourhood projects
  • Community arts projects
  • Projects involving community service by young people
  • Projects set up by those who are socially excluded

Recent grants have included:

  • Money management courses for young people
  • Helping teach English to refugees and immigrants who want to work in the social care sector
  • Drop-in cafe for 11–18-year-olds open after school
  • Patchwork quilting group for vulnerable adults and OAPs

The Wakeham Trust


The Percy Bilton Charity

Funding projects that help:

  • disadvantaged or underprivileged young people;
  • people with disabilities; or
  • older people 60+.

Groups can apply for a large grant £2,000–5,000 for capital expenditure, or a small grant up to £500.

Applications may be submitted at any time and will be considered at the next appropriate Board meeting. Applications for Small Grants are considered monthly.

The Percy Bilton Charity


Esmee Fairbairn Collections Fund

The Esmée Fairbairn Collections Fund, run by the Museums Association, funds projects which develop collections to achieve social impact. Museums, galleries and heritage organisations can apply for a grant of between £20,000 and £120,000 for a project lasting up to three years.

There are two application rounds each year in March and September, with a short initial application form. The process from initial application to being awarded funds takes around four months.

Esmée Fairbairn Collections Fund


London City Airport Community Fund

Small grants for charities and not-for-profit organisations to enable significant and positive change for communities near London City Airport. The London City Airport Community Fund concentrates on east London boroughs including Barking & Dagenham.

To qualify projects must focus on improving the quality of life by one of these four actions.

  1. Building stronger, safer and healthier communities
  2. Creating more sustainable and greener communities
  3. Raising aspirations of East Londoners
  4. Creating pathways into employment

Applications are considered four times a year, on a rolling basis. Grants range from £300 to £3,000.


BDCVS Grants Programmes

BDCVS is proud to announce four new grants programmes for 2019–2010.

  1. BDCVS Avenues Trust — Grants for organisations working with older people
  2. BDCVS Avenues Trust — Grants for older people in need (please contact us directly for an application form)
  3. Barking and Dagenham Enabling Equality — Grants for not-for-profit organisations addressing inequality in relation to the Borough Manifesto
  4. BDCVS Venue Hire Subsidy — grant subsidies for organisations wishing to hire the Ripple Centre

We are pleased to announce a special grant programme for St George's Day — St George's Day Together. These are grants up to £500 for ward-based activities. St George's Day Together is funded jointly by BDCVS and Barking & Dagenham Council.

Applications for all grants are now open here.

We are using The Good Exchange platform to manage applications. The platform is free for groups to use. Here are some advantages for you in using it.

  • You only need to complete one application for all grant programmes.
  • You can integrate fundraising from other funders, donors and supporters. This means you can use one system for all your main fundraising.
  • It allows you to see, in real time, how much funding is left and what you can apply for.

We believe that, used properly, this platform could be of real value to organisations. The Good Exchange has been invited to a Commission Watch meeting. They will talk about how not-for-profit organisations can use the platform and how to get the most out of it.

BDCVS will be working with The Good Exchange to continue to identify improvements to the system. Please do let us know what you think, as you use it!

Please send any feedback you think could help to improve the process of applying for funding to


Local Giving Barking & Dagenham

Local Giving Barking & Dagenham was established, by Barking & Dagenham CVS, in December 2017 on Local Charities Day. We set it up to look at what actions could increase financial and volunteer support for local charities and not-for-profits.

The group is chaired during 2019 by Barking & Dagenham Council. The secretariat is provided by Barking & Dagenham Council for Voluntary Services.

We will be writing more about Local Giving over the next few months.

For more information contact Rita Chadha