As part of the recent Borough of Culture award, Mayor of London Sadiq Khan also granted £24 million to support projects that promote regeneration across the city.

Participatory City Foundation have secured £850,000 from the Mayor to invest in a 3,000 square meter community workshop that will be situated at Dagenham East joining the future film studio on the old Sanofi Aventis site.

Wellgate Community Farm recently contacted Jon Cruddas MP and has called for the support of the local community to help win funding for the Aviva Community Fund 2017. This opportunity could make a big difference to local projects and bring a positive change.

The Farm hopes to collect as many votes to increase their chances of funding of up to £5,000 which will allow them to purchase a horse and cart to improve their educational, accredited training and recreational activities for the local community. 

The Big Lottery Fund is the biggest community funder in the UK. They are responsible for giving out 40% of the money raised by the National Lottery and fund 13,000 projects every year. Most of their grants are small – £10,000 or less – but they transform communities and change millions of lives every year. Since June 2004 they have awarded over £9 billion to projects that make a difference to people and communities in need, from early years intervention to supporting older people facing isolation.

The Barking & Dagenham Progress Project, a local charity, have launched a public awareness campaign in an attempt to clamp down on spitting in the street across the borough. The issue was discussed and acted upon by the charity's Young People’s Development Forum – a group where young people with disabilities get the opportunity to voice their opinion.,The campaign has also been supported by Green Shoes Arts, a community based arts project that helps provide local children and young people with creative opportunities. Green Shoes helped shoot the video.

Jon Cruddas MP visits Sanofi Aventis