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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 […]

BD Giving Notes #34 – ‘’Democratising Finance‘’

With new players moving in and supporting local communities, it will be important not to repeat past errors. People must have a say over what happens where they live. That’s why we strongly believe that those most affected by funding decisions should be the ones in charge of making them. Géraud de Ville de Goyet […]

BD Giving Notes #26 – ‘The trouble with funding (Part 1)’

Why does a funder get to decide what is strategic for our organisation? And; if they’re certain about what they won’t fund, then why won’t they tell us what they will fund? Kate Harmatz This is the first of a three-part series of blogs on the impact of the cost of living crisis on the […]

BD Giving Notes #25 – ‘Money, get away…’

It’s incredibly difficult to ask for what you need and get a no but it’s impossible to get what you need if we’ve made it impossible to ask. Cameron Bray In my last Note, I wrote about how I go about trying to keep people safe in participatory processes and how safety is something with […]

Our bold approach to learning & participation

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Barking & Dagenham Giving is pleased to announce the publication of our first ever Learning and Participation strategy where we articulate our bold approach to grant-making. Since 2020 we have distributed over £200,000 in grants using participatory means and aim to at least match that amount in 2022/23. While we’ve published a number of blogs and […]

Carole Pluckrose: Innovation and excitement

My name is Carole Pluckrose and I am the Artistic Director and Board Member of the Boathouse Barking, where I work as both a curator and a decision-maker. During the lockdown, our project involved putting together an online wellness festival which we co-curated with Soul Stretch Events that does similar work, such as Green Man […]

Ros Alexander: Keeping Carnival Alive

UKON Careers CIC was given a grant from our Renew Fund to take their Carnival activities online. They used this to make and send craft packs into the community, who would use the packs to participate in online activities, such as mask-making. Tell us a little bit about yourself? My name is Ros and I […]

How the Rapid Response Fund was allocated

In the span of six weeks, the Rapid Response Fund has been launched and allocated with the last few payments being made by the end of this week. It feels very strange to be on the other side of things and even if we’re not quite finished yet, I wanted to take the opportunity to […]

Rapid Response Fund: Who we funded

We’re pleased to announce the recipients of the Rapid Response Fund for Barking & Dagenham. In the end, we had 43 applications totalling £187,452. With only £100,000 available, this obviously meant that we could not fund everybody. That said, a majority of applications were successful, with 24 applicants being awarded funding. You can read more […]