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Community grants available to residents and organisations


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?

Funded and supported by Clarion Futures, The Old Ford Community Panel 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:

  • Reduce the impact of financial difficulties on residents
  • Improve the health and wellbeing of residents
  • Encourage and support residents to connect and help each other

How to apply 

No idea is too big or too small. The panel has funded a variety of ideas, including a cooking class, knitting club, hair braiding sessions, art and photography exhibitions, and numerous local charitable initiatives.

Applications close on Monday 17 July 2023.

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

The Old Ford Community Panel’s overall aim is to enable more meaningful involvement and engagement from residents and local organisations.