One Newham is delighted to launch the next round of the Newham Community Fund which is made possible by the generosity of Westfield Stratford City URW Better Places 2030 programme.
The Newham Community Fund grant scheme
This is the second year of this grant scheme. During the first year 20 small community groups received grants to help them grow their organisation. Through to December 2022, twenty small Newham-based, grassroots organisations will each be awarded a grant of £500.
This new round launches on 1st July 2022, and the deadline for application is 5pm on Friday 22nd July 2022.
Grants are available:
● To purchase an essential piece of equipment that will enable the organisation to deliver more service (e.g. towards furniture, IT kit, play equipment, safety equipment etc)
● To develop the organisation’s governance (e.g. develop policies, support formal registration as a charity, strategic plan development, create health and safety policies etc)
● To provide essential training for staff and/or volunteers, such as customer service, health and safety (fire safety, lone worker safety), trauma informed care etc, but where such training is not available for free in Newham from other sources.
● To grow the organisation’s social media or digital presence, including website, with the opportunity to hold an information sharing desk in one of Europe’s busiest retail destinations, Westfield Stratford City
Successful applicant organisations will also have the opportunity to have a mentoring session with a Westfield Stratford City employee to provide support and guidance on a specific field related to their application i.e. Marketing, Finance, Legal, Health and Safety etc.
Who can apply for a Newham Community Fund grant?
● Established organisations who have been operating at least a year.
● Groups based in London Borough of Newham and providing services primarily to London Borough of Newham residents.
● Organisations that are not-for-profit.
● Have at least 2 people who are not related, who oversee the group.
● Either have a dedicated bank account for the group, or if not, are able to produce a record of income and expenditure for the group accompanied by receipts.
● Have a turnover of under £50,000 a year, or a projected turnover of less than that amount.
● Can provide two references.
If you have received a Newham Community Grant in the previous grant round (April 2022), please note you are not eligible for this current grant round.
How to apply
Applications open on 1st July 2022 and application forms should be returned to firstname.lastname@example.org by 5pm on Friday 22nd July 2022.
You can download a copy of the application form here
To support accessibility, groups may instead apply by the following methods
Submit a recording in which they answer the questions. Please get in touch at email@example.com to agree how you will submit your recording.
For groups who need further accessibility support, One Newham can take your application over the phone. Please contact info@Onenewham.org.uk to arrange an phone appointment if you want to provide your application over the phone.
You may also print and post to One Newham, to arrive by the closing date Friday 22nd April 2022. Please contact info@Onenewham.org.uk to agree the postal address to send your entry to.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to use a different method to submit your application.5pm on Friday 22nd July 2022.
To provide extra assistance to groups to make their application, we are providing a grant application workshop on Thursday 21st July at 10am on zoom. Please email email@example.com if you would like to sign up for the workshop.
What happens next?
Grants will be prioritised to:
Groups that will use the funds in a targeted way; have costed their proposals well; and have demonstrated the ability to manage and account for funds made available to them.
Groups who want to develop their organisation and have coherent plans to do this.
Groups who have not applied before.
Successful groups will be informed of the funding decision by 20th August 2022, and have a two-month window from the date of notification, in which to spend the grant. Groups will be required to make a short report saying how they have used the grant and what difference the grant has made. A report template will be provided and you will be asked to provide a copy of any receipts for expenditure.
Congratulations to all the groups who secured grants in our 2021 Newham Community Grants programme:
Bank of Ideas CIC
Families and Community Support Services
Beckton Community Project
Kulan Somali Organisation
British Bangla Welfare Association
Mummy's Day Out
Carers Community Mental Health Group
Newham Chinese Association
Central Park (East Ham) Bowls Club
Powerhouse for women
Custom House Bookshop CIC
Residents United Forum
Drop in Bereavement Centre
Salem Health Project
Inspire Women, Men and Children
Irons Supporting Food Banks