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The LDDC's Endowment
Annual grants programme - timetable
The 2016/17 Programme Grant
Approvals 1995/2015

Minor Grants
Grants Programme 2017/18



Related File:
Grants approved 1995/2016




The Trust only provides grants for activities/purposes within its Area of Benefit within the London Borough of Newham - see map - or which directly benefit the communities within that area -

*The Trust will not respond to general appeals for funds.
* The Trust will not normally enter into correspondence in respect of unsolicited appeals for funds.
* The Trust cannot accept applications from individuals.
* Apart from Minor Grants which are restricted to the trust's area of benefit the Trust will not normally consider/provide grants outside of the annual grants programme.

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As part of the arrangements for its winding up the London Docklands Development Corporation (LDDC) agreed with the London Borough of Newham (LBN) to deposit with the Trust, by way of a permanent endowment, a capital sum of 2.7m to safeguard into the future the Corporation's community grants programme for that part of the former Urban Development Area which lies within the Borough. This programme, operated jointly with the LBN since its inception in 1987, had proved a useful benefit in securing the community and voluntary sector groups which contribute so much to the regeneration of the area. From the inception of the grants programme the LBN had contributed at least 25% of all grants made. However they withdrew with effect from 1st April 2015, since when the Trust has continued to provide an annual grants programme funded entirely from its own resources.

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The LDDC's Endowment

The endowment agreement sets out a number of rules and guidelines for the operation of the programme:

  The area of benefit of the programme is the same as the Trust's area of operation, i.e. the whole of that area of Newham to the south of the A13


  The making of grants to individuals is prohibited

  Projects cannot be funded for more than 3 years.

  The Trust determines annually the amount to be made available to the grants programme.

  The Trust determines annually the priorities and criteria for the programme

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The amount made available by the Trust each year depends, of course, on the performance of Its investments.

THE Trust's constitutional objectives are broadly drawn and allow the Trust to fund a diverse range of activities.

Within this broad framework the Trust each year approves detailed criteria and priorities for the annual programme. The criteria for the forthcoming grant year 2017/2018 can be downloaded here.

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Annual grants programme - Timetable

IN operating the grants programme the Trust follows a similar pattern/timetable in each year linked to the Trust's budgetary cycles. Broadly the pattern is:

  • September - October : Agree priorities/criteria and an indicative level of funding for the forthcoming year
  • November - February: Invite applications via open advertisement and contact with existing recipients of grant aid and voluntary organisations known to the Trust
  • February - March: Assessment of applications received, liaison with other funding bodies as necessary and discussions with applicants
  • February - March : Determination of funding for the forthcoming year and approval of applications

The 2016/17 Grants Programme

The approved programme for 2016/17 can be seen here.

Grant Approvals 1995/2016

A list of the main programme grants approved by the Trust since its establishment is here. For the first two years (1995/97) the grants programme was limited to the Beckton area only.

Following the approval of the 2016/17 programme the total value of grants made since the Trust was set up amounted to nearly 4.0 million.

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Minor Grants


Each year a sum is reserved in the Grants Programme for Minor Grants. Docklands groups can apply for minor grants throughout the year.

For 2016/17 the sum reserved is 20,000. Local organisations can apply for these grants at any time.

Grants to individuals are not permitted. The rules are:

  the project for which grant is sought must take place within the Trust's area, i.e. in those communities south of the Newham Way (A13) - Beckton, Canning Town (part), Custom House, North Woolwich, West Silvertown, Silvertown.

  the maximum grant allowed is 2,000 but grants given for social events will not exceed 500 for any one event.

  no individual organisation may receive more than two minor grants in any financial year.

Priority for funding is given to projects where the grants will:

  Assist projects to meet the social and economic needs of the community, encourage community development and assist community integration.

  Enable projects to secure additional funding from other sources.

  Enable projects to continue to undertake activities by meeting the cost of minor repairs, of premises or equipment.

  Assist new projects to establish themselves e.g. the hiring of meeting venues, provision of stationery, meeting the cost of charitable registration etc.

  Provide an opportunity for the Trust to demonstrate its purpose and promote its activities, so you will need to ensure that grant is acknowledged, appropriately.

The following will not be funded:

  Revenue funding - that is to cover the ongoing running costs of a project (except to assist with starting-up costs)

  “Top-up” money for currently funded projects where a deficit is occurring.

  Retrospective funding. Where organisations have already spent money before the application has been made. 

Application Form

An application form for a Minor Grant can be downloaded click here.

The completed form should be e-mailed to: (Tel: 020 7277 8667) or by post to the Royal Docks Trust (London), PO Box 63195, London SE14 5SE

Grants Programme 2017/18

Applications for the 2017/2018 Grants Programme are now invited - the closing date for applications is 5 p.m. on Tuesday, 28th February 2017. An application form can be downloaded here, information sheet and guidlines are available.

The completed form should be e-mailed to: (Tel: 020 7277 8667) or by post to the Royal Docks Trust (London), PO Box 63195, London SE14 5SE

The Royal Docks Trust (London)

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Registered office: 37 Rushey Green, Catford, London SE6 4AF