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Barking and Dagenham community investors are tackling UK social inequality

Barking & Dagenham’s GROW Fund decision makers have chosen to invest in The Growth Impact Fund, to help social businesses grow their impact. A social impact investment fund developed by Big Issue Invest (BIIFM) and UnLtd, has announced a partnership with Barking & Dagenham Giving (BD Giving) to invest in the local area. Investors, including […]

GROW Fund Grantees’ Announcement!

Barking and Dagenham Giving is excited to announce the eight successful applicants to the stage of the GROW Fund.  Barking and Dagenham Youth Dance (BDYD) and Future MOLDS Communities The Boathouse Studios Company Drinks  Fruitful Orchard Grounded Coffee One Room Live and Area44 Sew London  Ultimate Counselling  About the GROW Fund Thanks to the many organisations […]

Barking & Dagenham Businesses set to GROW

A flagship new fund exclusively for businesses and not-for-profits has been launched in Barking and Dagenham. The fund includes a £25,000 grant, a FREE seven-month accelerator programme, and the chance to apply for further investment from some of London’s top social investors. The idea for the Fund came from a community steering group, mostly local […]

BD Giving Notes – #23 ‘A piece of cake?’

By assuming that Risk, Return, Impact and Liquidity are all equal to the party, they each take a ¼  of the cake. But we concluded that each guest was not entitled to the same share of the cake. Jack Webb Last week we passed yet another milestone for Barking & Dagenham’s Community Endowment Fund.  The […]

BD Giving Notes – #21 ‘A Reality Check’

The question is, do we need to consider ‘professionalising’ our Board or our Community Steering Group to access more of the impact investing market?…. Our challenge ahead is in managing this tension and achieving a fine balance between the two.  Géraud de Ville de Goyet Last week a colleague and I had an enlightening meeting […]

BD Giving Notes – #18 ‘Help! Understanding the Investment World?!’

But why would we want someone sitting in a swanky high-rise office in central London deciding where this money goes. It’s not their money and it’s not even BD Giving’s, it’s for the residents of Barking & Dagenham…  Jack Webb As many of you may be aware, BD Giving has been given a £1.5 million […]

BD Giving Notes – #16 ‘Co-creating Communications with local people’

This week’s Note is written by our communications consultant, Louise Kavanagh. It covers what we learned while planning and delivering communications with and for the local people that make up the Community Steering Group (CSG). Originally the ideas in this blog were intended to guide new colleagues who are taking on communications responsibilities. That guide […]

BD Giving Notes – #13 ‘The first ‘returns’ on our investment’

Participation takes time and resources but the outcome is larger numbers of people who not only feel able but are able to make change happen in their community.  Cameron Bray About a year ago, BD Giving recruited a group of local people to help us design an Investment Policy for the Barking & Dagenham’s Community […]