Funding for community projects

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 life in Newham.
The fund began in 2012/13 and is open to any organisation working in the fields of education, art, dance, music, sport and the environment. Ninety-nine projects have now been successful in receiving awards. Eighteen organisations funded during 2018 are listed below.

View the complete list of grants awarded 2012 – 2018

Who can 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.

Aspers Good Causes Fund Grant Awards 2019

​Organisation Project​ Amount of money awarded (£)
282 East Ham Air Cadets Squadron Summer of Fun £4,500
Alternatives Trust East London Alt-Ed Talks for Young People ​£6,750
Community Action Newham ​Community Music ​£870
Eastside Community Heritage Sussed Out ​£6,480
​Food Academy UK ​Training Community Organisations for Healthy Lifestyles ​£6,300
Forest Gate Community Garden Community Plant Nursery & Market Stall £998
London Youth Rowing ​Active-Row Open Club ​£6,444
Memorial Community Church ​​50+ Active Tuesdays ​£5,004
Newham Chinese Association ​Keep Active and Connected ​£6,750
Newham Music ​Full Circle: Remixed ​£6,750​
​Newham Super Choir Newham Super Choir ​£975
​Richard House Children’s Hospice ​Activity & Support Days ​£6,675
​Stratford Arts Trust 100 Tickets – accessible theatre ticket scheme ​£999
​Thames21 Environmental Activities in the Royal ​Docks Area ​£6,300
​Theatre Royal Stratford East (Pioneer Theatres Ltd) Paines Plough at Theatre Square ​£6,750
​Ursuline Links Newham Activity Week ​£1,000
​Young Gamers & Gamblers Education Trust ​Community Steps ​£6,686