Funding for community projects

​​​​​​​Go For It grants

Go For It grants give funding to not-for-profit projects and regular activities that can bring communities together. In the past ten years, over 1750 projects have received combined funding of almost £1.75 million.

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 

How much funding can my project get?

We can offer a Go For It grant of up to £2,000 for activities that are likely to become sustainable.
And we also award smaller grants of up to £1000 for short-term projects.

Apply for a Go For it grant

Apply by post

You can print and complete the Go For It grants form (Word)

Community Grants
Newham Dockside
1000 Dockside Road
E16 2QU

Before you complete 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 [email protected].

If you are successful and we award you a grant, you will need to keep receipts from your spending on the project which we will need copies of, and we will also ask you to report on the activities and outcomes of your project.