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Grants for London residents to turn their community enhancing ideas into reality


Do you live in Tower Hamlets or Havering and have a bright idea that would make a positive difference to your community and help it thrive? Would it work towards improving the lives of those living in your area?

The Old Ford Community Panel, which is funded and supported by Clarion Futures, offer three grants you can apply for:

Micro Grants

Small grants of up to £1,000 for residents and start-ups with a good idea. The fund could support with hosting community events, buying equipment for group activities, or to pilot a smaller scale project.

Resident-Led Ideas Grants

Have you got a great project idea but not sure how to get it off the ground? This grant is open to residents who will not only receive funding, but be matched with an organisation who will help deliver the project for you.

Grants to organisations

Do you know a local organisation that could do with a boost or additional support? Up to £5,000 can be awarded to good causes in your community.

With communities facing fresh challenges, now is a good time to create change and help enhance the lives of your neighbours. There is no age limit and you don't need any previous experience.

We welcome ideas that achieve one of the following aims:

  • To reduce the impact of financial difficulties on residents 
  • To improve the health and wellbeing of residents
  • To encourage and support residents to connect and help each other.

The panel have funded 19 projects, amounting to over £95,000 given out.

Applications for Round 1 close on Monday 10 October 2022.

To apply, please email with your full name, email address, which grant you are interested in and where you live (Tower Hamlets or Havering).