At the beginning of June Transport for London reached an agreement with the Government which extends financial support for services until December 2021. The additional £1.08 billion of base funding means that TfL will be able to:

 

The Government’s new flagship ‘Levelling Up’ Fund will prioritise the Chancellor’s own local authority, where houses are currently on sale for £2.5 million, for regeneration which will funnel money away from areas with higher levels of need.

Barking and Dagenham has been included in the first tier of priority, which does not in itself secure investment, and Havering has been placed in the second priority tier.

 

This week the Mardyke Community Centre in South Hornchurch announced it would receive a £20,000 grant from ‘Clarion Futures’ the charity branch of Clarion Housing Group.  

The community centre has played an important role in the lives of local residents at Orchard Village for many years. In normal times the Centre provides a range of community activities such as bingo evenings, IT classes, after school clubs, knit and natter sessions, and historically it has been the hub where residents of the estate seek advice, help, and support.

 

In 2020 The National Lottery Community Fund invested in community groups and projects to help them adapt and continue to deliver their services throughout the coronavirus crisis. In light of this, The National Lottery CF have released new research which found that the pandemic has helped to reignite people’s interest in their local community and sparked a desire to be more involved in 2021.

 

This Thursday there will be a debate in parliament regarding government support for the arts. The debate was scheduled after over 175,000 people across the country signed a petition urging the Department for Culture, Media and Sport to increase their Covid-19 support package.

The London Marathon Charitable Trust has announced new funding to deliver its vision of inspiring activity and enabling people to become and remain physically active regardless of age, gender, ability, race or background.

More than £5 million of grants are available for the Facilities Grants Programme to fund building, renovation or modernisation of facilities in London and Surrey.

The grants thresholds are: small grants £5,000 - £50,000, major grants £50,001 - £250,000.

 

Do you have an idea for a community project that will benefit local residents within the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham? If so, applications for grants of up to £10,000 are now open and the council would love to hear from you! 

Following the success of the first round of the Neighbourhood Fund (NCIL) earlier this year in which Barking and Dagenham Council awarded £112,799 to 13 local community groups across the borough, the council are pleased to announce that the application window for a second round of funding is now open. 

 

Last week Jon Cruddas MP joined local councillors and the Barking and Dagenham Council for Voluntary Service (CVS) in Marks Gate to discuss community investment opportunities. 

One of the key concerns raised by the community at past police meetings has been the lack of local activities and provision for young people. Residents of Marks Gate often feel cut off from the borough and concerns have been voiced regarding the poor transport links and accessibility to existing resources.

London City Airport has launched a new £75,000 Community Fund to support local charities and organisations that represent inclusive and diverse communities across East London.

Grants ranging from £300 to £3,000 are available for charities and not-for-profit organisations to enable significant and positive change for communities across East London Boroughs of Barking & Dagenham, Bexley, Epping Forest District Council, Greenwich, Hackney, Havering, Newham, Lambeth, Lewisham, Redbridge, Southwark, Tower Hamlets and Waltham Forest.

The Barking & Dagenham and Havering Young Londoners Local Network is a new project funded by the Mayor of London and delivered by Barking and Dagenham CVS. The network has two aims:

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