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Closed Collective Model

Projects > past projects > Closed Collective Model Closed Collective Model Testing out a different approach to funding BD Giving has been exploring Participatory Grant Making (PGM) for just over two years now. PGM means that the people impacted by funding get to make decisions about funding, though there’s no

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Closed Collective Model

BD Giving has been exploring Participatory Grant Making (PGM) since 2020. PGM means that the people affected by funding get to make decisions about funding, though there’s no one way to achieve that aim.

From our conversational approach to seed funding, to the delivery of £100,000 last summer through the Rapid Response Fund, we are always looking to change the way that funding is done in Barking & Dagenham. We need a funding system which builds up individuals, communities, and organisations and allows them to explore ideas together.

COVID Relief Fund

We offered 10 grants of £3,000 to support organisations that experienced a loss of income due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

This was not a fund for new ideas.

Instead, it was aimed at relieving the impact on smaller organisations that worked to support the borough, focussing on those with an annual income of less than £75,000 in their last published accounts.

The funding decisions were being made by a group of residents who used online tools to engage with each other.

Borough Innovation Fund

The Borough Innovation Fund was an initiative from the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham and Clear Channel UK, in partnership with the charity Trees for Cities, and Barking and Dagenham Giving.

The Fund was created to improve and increase green spaces across the borough and give community groups and local people the chance to get involved in the design and creation of new green spaces in their neighbourhood.

The fund was publicly advertised in February 2020 and six groups responded with ideas. They were invited to present their projects and answer questions to a panel of assessors including representatives from Clear Channel, the Council, Trees for Cities, and East London Business Alliance.

Rapid Response Fund

The COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund was a £100,000 fund given to us by Lankelly Chase Foundation following the coronavirus lockdown.

We used a participatory process that involved around 30 people from across the community who designed and shaped the process and a further 15 people who stepped forward as decision-makers for the grants.

You can read more about how we went about this here, and read the stories of some of the people who were involved in the process on our Local Voices page.

We are in the process of evaluating this fund and we are excited to share this with you in early 2021.