East End Community Foundation are managing the Tower Hamlets Small Grants Fund on behalf of Tower Hamlets Council.
Organisations can apply for a grant of up to £5,000 under 7 themes – One of these themes (Theme 6) relates to Access and Participation. The aim of this theme is to support voluntary and community sector (VCS) groups which are trusted by their communities to provide support, referral and informal advocacy services, connecting residents to the services that might best meet their needs and provide wider intelligence on the needs of their community.
The Council is looking to fund activities that will enable community groups to act as a source of information and signposting and also activities that will help small organisations act as informed advocates on behalf of the communities they represent.
To be eligible for funding under this theme, organisations must be able to show that at least 50% of their trustees/committee/board members are from BAME communities.
Organisations with an annual turnover in excess of £250,000 are not eligible to apply to this theme and priority will be given to organisations with a turnover of less than £50,000 per annum.
Find the guidelines here: https://eastendcf.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/LBTH-Access-and-Participation-Guidelines-2021.pdf
The application form (and the guidelines) can be found on their website, but here is the form for easy access: https://ukcf.secure.force.com/forms/lbthsgap
The deadlines for submitting applications to the Fund are as follows:
12 noon on Monday 19th July (for projects commencing 1st November)
As always, the Grants Team are happy to answer any enquiries groups may have, so please do email EECF: firstname.lastname@example.org