Aspers Good Causes Fund

On this page you can find out about a fund that supports Newham residents and community projects.

About the Aspers Good Causes Fund

The Aspers Good Causes Fund was set up by Aspers Casino and Newham Council to support community projects which help residents to build confidence and skills and improve community life in Newham.

The fund opened in 2012/13 to any organisation working in the fields of education, art, dance, music, sport and the environment. Eighty-one  projects have since been successful in receiving awards. Those funded during 2017 are listed below.

The 2018 programme is now open for applications, for small grants up to £1,000 or larger grants up to £7,500. You have until 5pm Friday 23 March 2018 to apply.

2018 grant application form​ (Word)

Organisations should be based or working in Newham, and projects proposed must benefit borough residents. If your application is successful, you could receive up to £7,500 as long as you can demonstrate that your project:
  • offers value for money 
  • is inclusive and open to all 
  • helps residents and communities become more resilient.
This year applicants have a choice about applying for a small grant, under £1,000. These applications will be considered separately for part of the funding, with a total of £8,000 reserved for these lower-cost projects. Please use the same form to apply.


Who should apply?

Preference will be given to projects that:

  • Support people through coaching, tutoring or access to new opportunities in one of the eligible fields of activity.
  • Provide exceptional life building experiences working with a project or activity in these fields.
  • Enable people to develop new skills and/or practice and improve skills, building their confidence and knowledge.
  • Allow people to participate in projects where there may otherwise be financial barriers to their involvement, by keeping charges at reasonable levels.
  • Provide positive and engaging activities which build confidence and enable people to widen their experience and interests.
  • Support residents to organise their own activities and encourage others to get involved in their local community.
  • Provide activities that can become sustainable and led by residents in the longer term.
  • Engage residents who have not previously been involved in these activities. 

Previously successful organisations can apply again this year but this must be for a new or different purpose. The specific projects that were funded before will not be eligible for a further grant this year. Aspers is unable to provide ongoing funding to any project.


How do I apply? 

You can submit your Aspers Fund application between Friday 16 February and Friday 23 March 2018 using our Aspers Good Causes Fund application form.

Please read our guidance notes (PDF) before you begin (PDF)

Either email it to​ or send it to:

LBN Community Grants Team
Strategic Commissioning & Community
London Borough of Newham
Newham Dockside, 
1000 Dockside Road 
E16 2QU


Aspers Good Causes Fund grant awards 2017

Organisations who have received grant awards:
​Organisation Project​ Amount of money awarded (£)
Ambition Aspire Achieve
Rise Shine & Play
Bonny Downs Community Association
Moving Together
Care in Mind
'Need to Talk' Counselling & Psychotherapy Service
Caritas Anchor House
Your Space
Choice International Ltd
Disability Sports & Social Inclusion
Hibiscus Caribbean Elderly Association
Hibiscus Community Centre Befriending Service

Iroko Theatre Company
Reaching Out
Newham Cricket Club
Newham Cricket Club
Newham Music Hub
Community Opera
Newham New Deal Partnership @on-line plus tea clubs for elders
Powerhouse (Performing Arts for Women with Learning Disabilities)
Richard House Children’s Hospice Music Therapy for Children with a Life-limiting Illness
St Edmunds Pre-School (Technology Support)​
Stratford Arts Trust Creative Communities
Theatre Royal Stratford East Inspired Youth Theatre
Three Mills Craft Association Crafters Network
Trinity Centre Stay Well Stay Healthy
​Ursuline Links ​London Social Justice Project ​£1,000
WHEAT Mentor Support Trust
Believe to Achieve
Grants that have been awarded 2012 to 2017 (PDF)
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