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Invest in a borough with potential
The first 100% community led investment fund
BD Giving is a vehicle for investing in Barking and Dagenham. We welcome conversations with investors, funders, and potential partners to facilitate mutual learning.
The GROW Fund is our main initiative, seeking investments to assist entrepreneurs in Barking and Dagenham who face barriers to growth opportunities. Notably, our first round saw 60% of applications from Black-led ventures and 70% from women-led enterprises. The pilot year of the GROW Fund has set the stage for impact investors to collaborate with us, either through co-investing in community enterprises or making direct investments in the GROW Fund to make room for more resident-led decision-making.
BD Giving facilitates a Community Steering Group to guide decisions for the GROW Fund. Unrestricted funding received by BD Giving supports essential operational expenses and furthers leadership development programmes within the community, enabling residents to participate in the Steering Group and engage in discussions on local matters.
60% of applications in our first round were from Black-led ventures, and 70% from women-led enterprises.
Partnerships with BD Giving enable both parties to explore new approaches to community engagement within defined boundaries. We have supported larger institutions in establishing local programmes in the borough and we have launched pilots in Barking and Dagenham in order to test scalable models.
BD Giving has the tools and trust to uplift the individuals, businesses, and organisations that contribute to making Barking and Dagenham a borough brimming with potential.
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The GROW Fund is the first 100% community-led investment fund in the UK.
Currently at £1.45m we want to attract more investment so local people can improve the borough for the future sustainably.