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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.


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, originally operated jointly with the LBN, has 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 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.

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



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

The Trust's charitable 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 grant year 2017/2018 can be downloaded here.

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 Approved Grants Programme 2017/18

The Trust has approved a total grants programme of £211,606 comprising two elements - a main grants programme of £191,606 and a continuation of the minor grants programme of £20,000.

The Projects approved under he main grants programme are:-

Ascension Community Trust: Creating Skilled Communities

Funding approved - £20,000.

The project aims to improve the aspirations and abilities of communities in Custom House and Canning Town. Key activities of the project will be to use the community café to provide training/volunteering opportunities targeting young people and people with learning difficulties. To support job seekers via CV support. The provision of a kids club, music sessions, guitar lessons and girls group. The project will also provide a summer scheme.

Ascension Eagles Cheerleaders: Legacy of Leadership

Funding approved - £25,000.

The project aims to develop further as a social enterprise – match funding the support provided by the RDT. The project will provide a total of 1,000 hours in training sessions, three annual showcase events. Working with local schools the project also provides academic support to 100 young people aged 5-18.

Beckton Skills Centre: Build It Race IT – Go Kart Project

Funding approved - £6,946.

The funding is to be used to develop a course for young people to build a Go Kart. The project will deliver 21 sessions of vocational training over a 7 week period.

Caramel Rock: Fashion Success

Funding approved - £24,620.

The project aims to provide an accredited Btec diploma level 1 and 2 qualification in Fashion and Clothing. The project will target 50 young people to undertake a minimum of 120 sessions (5 hours – 3 days per week) over a 12 month period.

Care in Mind: Volunteering Project

Funding approved - £8,640.

A project to fund volunteers to work with people with mental health problems providing weekly creative writing sessions, healthy living/cooking, walking, cycling, building self-confidence.

Community Links: ASTA Community Hub and Services

Funding approved - £20,000.

The project will provide services for young people including youth club sessions (11-18 year olds) a minimum of 50 x 2.5 hours; music sessions; job readiness club (16-25 year olds) together with a job club for parents; general advice sessions on finance, debt, housing and welfare.

Custom House and Canning Town Renewal project

Funding approved - £3,000.

The funding provided will contribute 50% of the cost of providing and operating a summer holiday play project.

Ingenium: Story Painters Crafts Club

Funding approved - £5,000.

The funding will be to meet the costs of providing a weekly painting/crafts club for children in the Custom House area.

Revolution Farm (Middlesex University)

Funding approved - £5,000.

The project aims to build on the RDT’s previous funding with the production of an education resource pack and work with schools and young people.

Newham All Star Sports Academy: Girls Allowed Community Development Programme

Funding approved - £23,500.

To deliver a sports & training project for young people resident in the RDT area. The project will provide opportunities for young people to qualify as sports (basketball) coaches.

Royal Docks Learning and Activity Centre

Funding approved - £30,000.

The funding will enable the Centre to continue to provide a wide range of services and will assist it to secure additional external funding. Key activities include after school club and holiday schemes; leisure/sports activities for the elderly; employment project; health promotion for the elderly; self-help groups; Christmas/festive parties.

The 5es Development: Mobile Food Bank

Funding approved - £8,900.

The funding will be used to contribute towards the salary cost for a driver and administration and warehouse support to enable the further development of a mobile food bank. The project will serve Beckton (Winsor Park) and North Woolwich and will provide training and volunteer opportunities and work placement.

West Silvertown Foundation: Britannia Youth project

Funding approved - £15,000.

The funding is to contribute to the Centre’s cost for Youth Work activities which will include twice weekly sessions for 8-11year olds; after school sports and activity sessions with Britannia and Oasis schools. The project also aims to provide additional trips and residential activities 4 times per year (supported by Jack Petchey Foundation); coaching and mentoring for young people and a 4 week summer activities programme.

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 attached. 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 by the Trust was set up amounted to some £4.0 million.

Main Grants Programme 2018/19

Applications for the 2018/19 Main Grants Programme are now invited - the closing date for applications is 5 p.m. on Friday, 9th March 2018. An application pack can be downloaded here.

Contact John Johnson whose email address is Tel: 020 7277 8667

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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 2017/18 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. Send the completed form to the Royal Docks Trust (London), PO Box 63195, London SE14 5SE


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