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Go For It grants

If you are passionate about an activity, project or interest that benefits Newham residents and gets them involved in regular activities, you can apply for a Go For It grant to get your idea up and running in your local community. ​​

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​What is a Go For It grant?

We have been awarding Go For It grants for the last ten years and funded more than 1750 projects with almost £1.75 million in total. The grants have made many community activities and opportunities available for Newham residents.
Go For It grants give funding for not-for-profit projects and regular activities that can bring communities together and encourage people to take part.

What can I get a Go For It grant for?

Projects or activities that qualify for a grant

To qualify for a Go For It grant, your project must be a not-for-profit venture. Private businesses cannot apply.
We give funding for community-based ideas that offer residents regular activities they can participate in, for example, bringing people together with a shared interest in acting that leads to setting up a local amateur dramatics club.
You will need to demonstrate that your project will:
  • continue, if possible, after the grant has been spent
  • be open to Newham residents from all backgrounds
  • actively encourage Newham’s diverse community to come together
  • inspire people to get active, participate and fulfil their potential.

Projects or activities that don't qualify for a grant

You will not be eligible for a Go For It grant if your project or activity:
  • targets only a limited part of the borough’s diverse community
  • takes place outside Newham
  • has already received a Go For It grant for the same activity
  • is a one-off activity or event.
We cannot give you a grant to cover organisational or running costs that are not directly related to a specific activity programme.

Examples of previously funded projects

We have helped all sorts of projects and activities to get off the ground with Go For It grants. They include:
  • local garden projects
  • dance activities
  • sports tournaments
  • activities for older people
  • children’s facilities
  • community choirs.
Go For It grants we awarded between April 2015 and March 2016 (Word)

How much can I get?

We can offer a Go For It grant of up to £2,000 for activities that are likely to become sustainable.

We now also award smaller grants of up to £1000 for short-term projects. 

Apply for a Go For It grant

Or print and fill in the paper version of the Go For It grants form (Word) and send it to:

Community Grants
Newham Dockside
1000 Dockside Road
E16 2QU

Before you fill in the form you should read our guidance on Go For It grants (PDF).
If you have any questions about applying for a Go For It grant, you should call us on 020 3373 6019, or email

If we give you a grant, you will need to keep receipts from your spending on the project which we will check. We will also expect you to fill in our monitoring form to report on the activities and outcomes of your project.
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  • Community Grants
    London Borough of Newham
    Newham Dockside
    1000 Dockside Road
    E16 2QU

    020 3373 6019

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