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News 2015

Smiles in the East End as EECF deliver over 1,000 gifts to local elders this Christmas

December 2015

After weeks of wrapping and packing East End Community Foundation have finally delivered the last of our Christmas Food Bags for 2015. Thanks to the support of over 100 volunteers we have given out over 1,000 food bags and Christmas gifts to local elders, bringing smiles and festive cheer to over 18 care homes, residential homes and day centres across the East End.

Recent statistics have revealed that the East End has the most severe levels of income deprivation among older people in England. Almost half of all older people in Tower Hamlets and a third in Hackney and Newham live in an income deprived household and those over 80 are twice as likely to report feeling lonely or isolated, so this initiative is becoming more important as a way to support those most in need. A simple gift can make a real difference to those who are in poverty, who are isolated and who suffer with ill health.

Tracey Walsh, Chief Executive of EECF said: “Most of us have busy lives and crave a bit of quiet time, but imagine if you experienced that isolation for weeks on end. Seeing these older people makes you realise that loneliness is real and if we might put a big smile on a recipient’s face through our food bags and gifts; it is worthwhile.”

EECF would like to extend our thanks to our corporate partners who supported the Christmas Food Bags appeal including Allied World, Canary Wharf Group, Credit Suisse, FCA, Fitch Ratings, Hermes, LBIA, McGraw Hill Financial, Northern Trust, Société Générale, State Street, TD Securities, Valero and Vanquis Bank.

You can still donate though our online giving page for a few more weeks. We will use funds to support activities for isolated elders throughout the year such as tea dances and coach trips to the seaside.

We've showcased some of the best photos from our Christmas Food Bags appeal on our Twitter and Facebook pages, so please do check out our sites to see if you're featured.

Toy Sale raises much needed funds for the Exchange Project

December 2015

On Tuesday 8th December over £600 was raised to help the work of East End Community Foundation’s Exchange Project thanks to the sale of new and nearly new toys donated by local companies.

Local mum Yulia Sulim expressed her thanks to everyone who donated items and volunteered on the stalls, saying: “I came to this country from Russia with nothing when my daughter was a baby, she is now 8 years old and I get all of her clothes from The Exchange and Christmas presents from the Toy Sale. I get everything from the service, but most importantly friendship, support and love.”

The Exchange Project follows the up-cycling or goods swap model – bring in your old baby or toddler equipment and swap it for another high quality children’s item (clothes, toys, and other equipment). To participate, members pay a nominal £1 membership fee, enabling them to loan equipment such as sterilisers, buggies, toys, stair gates, clothes for children aged up to 10 years. The programme has been running for almost a decade at Barkantine Hall and has attracted a regular client base of nearly 500 members.

Although demographics have shifted, the need for the Exchange Project is evident through the constant in-out flow of goods and people. Not surprising since according to East End Community Foundation’s 2015 Vital Signs, children in Tower Hamlets are living in the most income deprived households in all of England.

Tracey Walsh, Chief Executive of EECF, said: “The beauty of the Exchange Project is that it is a very simple, recycling concept that has brought real benefits to local people who struggle on a tight budget. The costs of children’s goods and clothes are very high yet something they can use for only a short time.”

EECF would like to express our thanks to Hermes Investment Management for volunteering on the day and to Hermes, Canary Wharf Group, Citibank, Credit Suisse, Land Securities, Skadden and the tenants of 20 Fenchurch Street including Allied World and Tokio Marine Kiln for donating toys and money to support the work of the Exchange.

The Exchange Project is now closed for the Christmas holiday season but will reopen on Tuesday 5th January 2016.

Canary Wharf shoppers support the Christmas Food Bags Appeal

November 2015

Image: Volunteers from Canary Wharf Group in the Mall / Credit: EECF

On 24th November volunteers from Canary Wharf Group, Northern Trust and the FCA gave their time to collect donations in the Canary Wharf mall to support East End Community Foundation’s Elders Christmas Food Bag Appeal, raising over £700 from Christmas shoppers.

The donations will be used to deliver bags of essential goods to elders across Hackney, Newham and Tower Hamlets in December and bring festive cheer to local residents in day centres and sheltered accommodation.

Recent statistics have revealed that Tower Hamlets, Hackney and Newham have the most severe levels of income deprivation among older people in England with almost 1 in every 2 older people in Tower Hamlets living in an income deprived household so this initiative is becoming more important as a way to support those most in need.

With support from local people, local companies and their staff we delivered over 1,000 bags to vulnerable elders living in East London in 2014. With your help we can do even more this year.

Just £15 is enough cover the cost of purchasing, packing and distributing a bag of essentials, including tinned soup and vegetables as well as a sweet Christmas treat. Please click here to visit our online donation page and give a gift to a local elderly person this Christmas.

Valero are the quiz champions for the second year running!

Nov 2015

Image: the winning team from Valero, ‘Last Stand at the Alamo’ / Credit: EECF

On 16th November teams from around the City and Canary Wharf battled it out at Clifford Chance in an effort to claim the annual EECF charity quiz title. After several tough rounds of questioning, the team from Valero Energy Corporation named ‘Last Stand at the Alamo’ were declared the winners, retaining the title after also claiming the top spot last year.

Among the other teams taking part were Canary Wharf Group, Clifford Chance, ELBP, the FCA, Gateway Housing Association, Get Living London, Lend Lease and Level 39.

£3,000 was raised thanks to table and raffle ticket sales. All of the money raised from the event will go to EECF funded projects that help disadvantaged people across London’s East End.

EECF would like to thank Clifford Chance for kindly sponsoring the event and Canary Wharf Group, Crate Brewery, Get Living London, Société Générale, Trailfinders and Whittard’s Canary Wharf for donating a great selection of raffle prize to support the event.

New funding available for community organisations in Hackney Wick and Stratford

October 2015

East End Community Foundation is pleased to announce the Inspiring Communities Fund is now open for applications. EECF will be distributing funding on behalf of Get Living London to support local communities around the East Village in Stratford.

The Inspiring Communities Fund has been established to provide grants of between £500 and £3,000 to local community and voluntary organisations working in E15, E20 and/or E9 postcodes. Grants will be awarded to projects supporting residents to increase their community connections, improve their health and wellbeing or projects that are engaging more people with the arts and culture of the area.

Due to the number of residents moving into the East Village and new developments in the surrounding area, the Inspiring Communities Fund wants to bring people together to get to know their neighbours and to build a strong sense of community. The panel are particularly keen to fund projects which are inclusive and encourage participation among new and existing residents.

The next deadline for applications to the Inspiring Communities Fund is 5pm on 12th October 2015. If you are interested in applying or would like an application form, please contact the grants team to discuss your proposal on 020 7345 4444 or email

Housing and employment revealed as major priorities for London’s East Enders

October 2015

East End Community Foundation was delighted to launch our new Vital Signs report on 6th October. The report reveals how the East End boroughs of Tower Hamlets, Hackney and Newham are performing compared to the rest of the country, as well as one another. EECF polled local people for their views and found that housing, work, strong communities and healthy living are headline concerns for residents.

The ‘Vital Signs’ report draws on official local statistics and the views of local people to provide a health check of social issues in the area. The report, which mirrors similar research from community foundations across the country, is defined by 10 key social themes, each graded between A and E. Designed to benchmark how Tower Hamlets, Newham and Hackney are performing against other areas of the country, the report provides a guide to increase local, philanthropic giving.

In some of the key areas, the East End performed as follows, with A being the highest grade and E being the poorest:

  • Fairness, ‘E’: Last week’s Index of Multiple Deprivation research reveals on a national scale the East End has become relatively less deprived, as Tower Hamlets, Hackney and Newham no longer feature on the list of the 20 most deprived local authorities. However, all 3 areas remain within the 10 most deprived London boroughs. Almost 1 in 4 children and 1 in 2 older people in Tower Hamlets are living in income deprived households
  • Work, ‘E’: 48% of respondents thought that things were not going very well. Unemployment in Newham is significantly high (9.1%) compared to the UK average (6.0%) and the borough also has fewer jobs available and lower rates of weekly pay compared to the rest of the East End.
  • Housing and homelessness, ‘E’: 45% of respondents thought things were not going very well. One respondent from Newham commented: “Housing is a nightmare here. I met a family of seven living in a two bedroom house not far from where I live. The father had lost a well paid job in Westminster and is now reduced to selling the big issue. Its awful.”
  • Healthy living, ‘C’: 41% of respondents through the situation is OK, but could be improved. Though the East End scored an ‘A’ grade for adult obesity – indicating it performs better than 80% of comparable areas – Tower Hamlets, Hackney and Newham all rank in the 10 worst districts in England for child obesity.
  • Strong communities, ‘E’: 41% of respondents thought the situation is OK, but could be improved. Hackney has the second lowest wellbeing ranking in the UK – 379 out of 380 districts. One respondent from Hackney commented: “the different communities can be quite separate and people tend not to socialise or work together”.

 Our Chief Executive Tracey Walsh said:“Since last year’s Vital Signs report we have seen some statistical improvements in relative deprivation and community wellbeing but it is clear from our research that local people remain concerned about the issues directly on their doorstep. Our partnerships with businesses, local authorities and philanthropists from Canary Wharf and the City over the past 25 years have been really effective, but we need to see more people come on board so that we have a truly joined up approach to tackling these vital issues. The East End is a great place with a rich history and so much potential, we just have to make sure its residents can keep up with the opportunities and change.”

You can download a copy of the Vital Signs report here

A Warm Welcome to Fancy Sinantha

September 2015

East End Community Foundation is delighted to introduce Fancy Sinantha as our new Development Manager. Previously Head of Development at The Young Foundation, Fancy has over ten years’ experience in the non-profit world in the USA and UK.

As Head of Development at The Young Foundation, Fancy helped oversee and guide the strongest possible partnerships for the organisation. Fundamentally, this was about connecting the organisation’s projects and ideas with the funding they needed to get off the ground while also leading on core capacity building initiatives.

Fancy started her professional career as a Programme Assistant and then Programme Coordinator at the Migration Policy Institute in Washington D.C. She gained exposure in working for an international NGO as interim Desk Officer for the International Association for the Study of Forced Migration (IASFM), and was rapidly inducted into UK public policy and practice with the Institute for Public Policy Research’s (IPPR) Migration, Equalities, and Citizenship team.

Fancy has spent time as a USA Congressional intern and as a volunteer for causes like the American Church London Soup Kitchen. She was also a proud trustee of Praxis Community Projects, an advice and support charity for migrants and refugees based in East London, and a Non-Executive Director of Praxis Enterprises.

A graduate of the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, USA, Fancy is also a member of the Institute of Fundraising (MInstf) and has continued her professional development through courses at the Directory for Social Change and other outfits in fundraising, project management, and marketing. A lover of languages, Fancy endeavours to enhance her proficiency in Lao, Thai, and Spanish.

If you would like to know more about any of our philanthropy services, Fancy is keen to speak to you, so please get in touch via or phone 020 7345 4550.

Newham charities receive £20,000 from the TIQ Community Fund

September 2015

Image: Ian Crockford, Project Director for The International Quarter at Lend Lease and Tracey Walsh, Chief Executive of East End Community Foundation) award a cheque to Chain Reaction Theatre / Credit: Lend Lease

Leading international property and infrastructure group Lendlease and LCR are pleased to announce awarding their first grants through the TIQ Community Fund. Launched earlier this year in partnership with East End Community Foundation, the TIQ Community Fund focuses on education, culture and wellbeing to support communities around The International Quarter (TIQ) development at Stratford City.

The first round of successful applicants was announced last Thursday 3rd September at an end of summer barbecue held at the TIQ. Eight local groups all received a share of £20,000 to help local people feel empowered and more involved in their communities.

Salmagundi Films were granted nearly £3,000 towards an iPad arts project and exhibition to bring together the postcodes of E15 and E20. Co-director Zoe Flynn said: “We understand some people feel E20 is an exclusive neighbourhood, and that was part of the inspiration behind the project. We’ve got people of all ages working together to learn something new, creating conversation between those living in the two postcodes.”

Chris Andrews, director at the Work, Skills and Independence Group, who received funding to help residents to access qualifications and employability skills, said: “it’s a three stage programme, a training course, a supported work placement and help with job applications. We’re really excited about it.”

Lendlease and LCR are delivering The International Quarter, a new world class workplace in Stratford, and the TIQ Community Fund forms part of their ongoing commitment to supporting the growth of art, culture, education and employment in the borough of Newham.

Jason Vincent, Community Development Manager at Lendlease, said: “The International Quarter is a 10 year project so we’re going to be here for a long time, and we wanted to do something to support the community.”

The next deadline for applications to the TIQ Community Fund is 5pm on 12th October 2015. Local groups may apply for grants of up to £3,000 under the themes health and wellbeing, education and learning or arts and culture. Contact the EECF Grants Team on 020 7345 4444 or for more information.

EECF launches new online application and impact monitoring system

August 2015

 Image: person using computer / Credit: Shutterstock

East End Community Foundation is delighted to announce the launch of our new online application system. Developed by UKCF, the umbrella organisation for community foundations across the UK, the online system is designed to improve efficiency and make it simpler and easier for organisations to apply for grants.

If you are interested in applying to one of our grant programmes, please ring the EECF grants team to request a link to the online application system. You will simply have to enter your email address to gain access to the online form. You can save your application and go back to it as many times as needed, as well as attaching all of your supporting documents in a few easy steps

For all grants awarded from November 2015 onwards, funded organisations will also now need to submit their monitoring information online using our new impact monitoring system. This will make it easier for organisations to provide EECF with important information and also enable EECF to better understand the great impact organisations are achieving with our support.

The system is now live and we look forward to receiving your online application forms for our next deadline, 5pm on the 12th October. For more information about our new online systems please contact the EECF Grants Team on 020 7345 4444 or email

Land Securities and Canary Wharf Group unveil the 20 Fenchurch Street Legacy Fund

July 2015

Image: EECF Vice-Chair Ian Fisher at the Sky Garden / Credit: Alex Rumford

On Friday 3rd July around 150 guests gathered at the Sky Garden of 20 Fenchurch Street to celebrate the 25th anniversary of EECF and launch the 20 Fenchurch Street Legacy Fund.

The 20 Fenchurch Street Legacy Fund aims to improve employment prospects and opportunities for people living in some of London’s most deprived areas. Grants of up to £20,000 per year will be given to not-for-profit organisations which support people living in the boroughs of Hackney, Newham, Tower Hamlets and City of London into employment.

As the charity partner for the building, EECF is establishing the fund of behalf of 20 Fenchurch Street’s joint developers Land Securities and Canary Wharf and will prioritise innovative and effective projects which support participants to gain essential employability skills, provide them with work or volunteering experience and move people into employment.

At the event Sir George Iacobescu CBE, Chairman and Chief Executive of Canary Wharf Group, announced a £25,000 contribution to the 20 Fenchurch Street Fund and an additional £25,000 to match future donations by others, saying: “At Canary Wharf we know that it is a privilege and a responsibility to be part of this community. If we are going to succeed over the long term we must work with our friends in the local councils, in schools and in community groups. What we build will last for 100 years or more. So what we should be creating is not just buildings but a new sustainable part of the city, which will still be working well for local people many years into the future. That means investing in the people and the communities as well as buildings and infrastructure.”

Tom Elliott, Head of Portfolio, City at Land Securities, said: “Many of the people who helped build 20 Fenchurch Street were previously unemployed Londoners who either completed training on site or transitioned into full employment … Having worked with partners across the industry to ring-fence jobs and training opportunities during the construction phase, it seems fitting that the building will have a long-term legacy supporting employment prospects for people who might not otherwise get access to these opportunities.”

Following a £25,000 contribution to seed the fund each from EECF and Canary Wharf Group, the partnership will now work together to raise money for the fund via service partners and companies based at 20 Fenchurch Street, as well as through voluntary donations from visitors to the Sky Garden.

EECF have also launched a unique endowment match programme which offers donors the chance to boost their donation by up to 50%. Allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, EECF is making £1million worth of match funding available to new and existing donors who choose to set up or contribute to an endowment. Contact Tracey Walsh, Chief Executive, for more details via 020 7345 4444.

200 elders celebrate EECF’s anniversary at the Tower Hamlets Tea Dance

May 2015

Image: Val and a friend at the EECF Tea Dance / Credit: George Greens School

East End Community Foundation’s tea dance was extra special this year as it marked our 25th anniversary. The annual event saw around 200 local elderly residents from across Tower Hamlets turn out to enjoy an afternoon of tea, cake and dancing and the chance to make new friends. Held at George Green’s School on Thursday 28th May 2015, the sports hall was transformed with birthday balloons and decorations and party guests were treated with a slice of birthday cake to take home.

The annual tea dance has a tradition of uniting workers from local businesses with the local community and bringing different generations together, and this year’s event was no different.

Sponsored by Valero and the 100 Club, an exclusive philanthropy syndicate for the East End, a host of other East End based companies including Allen & Overy, Berwin Leighton Paisner, Canary Wharf Group, Clifford Chance and local community organisation Neighbours in Poplar provided volunteers who helped to set up the room, serve tea, dance with and chat to the guests. Students from George Green’s school also helped at the event, taking photographs and helping to sell raffle tickets.

Volunteer Melanie Goldstein from Canary Wharf Group said: “The Tea Dance was such a fun day for both volunteers and guests and particularly special for me because the table I was hosting was full of elders from near where I live; one lady said she had even seen me down the local market. Most of the elders I danced with put me to shame and out-danced me in a heartbeat but I was glad to hear from George, who’s around 82, that he thinks I’m a very lively dancer!”

East End Community Foundation are committed to reducing social isolation amongst elderly people and support the Docklands 50+ Forum by hosting annual tea dances, coach trips and delivering food parcels at Christmas time.

Runners fundraise for EECF at the Run Hackney Half-Marathon

May 2015

Image: EECF runners getting ready to race / Credit: EECF

On Sunday 10th May over 13,000 people pounded the pavements of Hackney past some of Hackney’s best landmarks including the Hackney Empire and the Queen Elizabeth Park as part of the Vitality Run Hackney Half Marathon 2015.

Official local charity partner for the race East End Community Foundation were pleased to cheer on a group of nearly 40 runners who were sweating and suffering to support our Hackney Giving fund, including Gary Hanratty, Class Teacher and Music Specialist at Randal Cremer Primary School. Gary got a welcome boost at the half marathon thanks to the support of his year 4 class. The children organised a fun run in Haggerston Park, running up to 3 miles, and collectively raised £244 to support his fundraising and organised a whole school assembly to tell the school about how EECF will use the money raised to support local community projects across Hackney.

Gary said: “When I first mentioned I was doing the half marathon the children were very eager to get involved; together we researched and found EECF and they were really inspired by the thought of raising money to support local people in Hackney. I'm so proud of my class for taking part in their own fun run; their efforts certainly gave me the motivation to keep going on Sunday. They definitely learnt a good lesson on the value of giving even if it did take a few sore legs to get there!”

We would like to say a big thank you to all our runners for joining our team and helping to make a difference in the lives of local people. Every penny raised by our runners will be used to support Hackney Giving, a local giving fund led in partnership by East End Community Foundation and Hackney CVS. Together we are tackling issues of unemployment and mental illness in Hackney by giving grants to grassroots organisations to help get local people into work and bring people together through sports, social activities and the arts.

Study weekends lead to exam success

May 2015

Image: Young people supported by an EECF funded project / Credit: EECF

We have received some fantastic news from George Green’s School as three students who attended a study support weekend funded by East End Community Foundation have scored 100% in their final English Language GCSE Speaking and Listening exams.

Historically, students who perform well in written assessments miss out on top grades because of the speaking and listening component of the course. However, though final grades remain subject to exam board standardisation, 37% of pupils were marked an A* or A grade and all the pupils secured a grade C, a really fantastic achievement.

38 pupils attended the study weekend in March 2015 which included a range of paired and group based activities to help students’ interpersonal and communication skills including debating, critical thinking, listening and empathy.

Susan Neilson, English teacher, commented “it was incredible to see the pace at which students made progress with their confidence and attainment in their spoken language over the course… the quality of speeches was exceptional and this has borne itself out in their results”.

EECF has funding for study support weekends, open to all state secondary schools in Tower Hamlets and Newham. Contact the EECF Grants Team via 020 7345 4444 or email for more information. The next deadline for applications is 1st June 2015, 5pm.

A Spotlight on a visit to Spotlight

May 2015

Image: Spotlight Logo / Credit: EECF

Last week, on Tuesday 28th April, members of East End Community Foundation’s 100 Club and representatives from local businesses including Clifford Chance and Société Générale enjoyed a tour of three fantastic community projects in Tower Hamlets.

Our first stop was to Spotlight, a groundbreaking new ‘creative youth space’ which opened in January 2014 at the heart of one of London’s most deprived communities. Director Daniel Rose showed guests around the state of the art leisure facilities including boxing gym and music room that were designed in consultation with young people. Almost 100 young people are using the service each day, benefiting from creative arts workshops alongside support, advice and educational services.

We also visited the Exchange Project, which is being funded through the generous donations of 100 Club members. The Exchange Project recycles nearly new baby goods that would otherwise be thrown away, making a constant supply of children’s clothing and equipment available for families on low incomes.

Our final visit was to the St John’s Community Centre where Neighbours in Poplar serve a hot lunch for local older, frail and vulnerable people who live in isolation. Attending the project at St John’s enables members to forge new friendships and also encourages participation in new activities such as bingo, Armchair Yoga and Tai Chi activities.

EECF are planning to host further tours throughout the year in Hackney, Newham and Tower Hamlets. Places on each tour are limited. If you are interested in attending a future tour please contact Holly via or phone 020 7345 4552.

Hackney charities given £15,000 by local residents

April 2015

Image: Children enjoying a great day thanks to Albion Kids Show /  Credit: Albion Kids Show

The Wick Award Partnership Panel (WAPP) a panel of Hackney residents and stakeholders working with The Big Lottery’s Big Local, is pleased to announce it has awarded its first grants to support local residents in Hackney Wick.

Local organisations Albion Kids Show, City and Hackney Mind and Off Centre each received £5,000 from the WAPP Community Fund, set up in partnership with East End Community Foundation, to increase community spirit and support the Ward’s residents with mental health issues to increase their employability options.

  • Albion Kids Show will be providing 16 play sessions on estates in the Wick ward to bring children, young people and their families together. Their specially adapted vehicles bring activities to urban areas with limited play spaces in order to reach isolated families.

  • City and Hackney Mind will place a mental health and employment specialist at a GP surgery in the Wick ward. The clients will benefit from one to one support tailored to their specific needs around mental health and employment options.

  • Off Centre are using their grant to support young people from the Wick ward with a combination of services including counselling and group therapy. The service will support 20 young people with mental health and emotional problems and also offer an information and advice service to address other issues such as housing, employment, volunteering opportunities and training.

Nick Sharman, a resident from the WAPP Panel and local councillor, said: “We are delighted to be able to award our first grants to such deserving projects; over the next 10 years it is our aim to improve the quality of life of residents in Hackney Wick and ensure that they are able to benefit from the opportunities being created in our local area.”

The next deadline for applications is 1st June 2015, 5pm and WAPP is keen to hear from local organisations delivering projects that meet the Fund’s criteria.

For more information about the WAPP Community Fund and other grants available in the borough of Hackney contact the EECF Grants Team via 020 7345 4444 or email

Fund for Hackney and Tower Hamlets launched in memory of Ben Ogden

April 2015

Image: Student and Mentor from Study Support Programme / Credit: EECF

The Ben Ogden Memorial Fund has been established in memory of Ben Ogden, an employee in international legal practice Allen & Overy’s employment and pensions department who tragically died in the Nepalese air crash on 28th September 2012.

Set up in partnership with East End Community Foundation, the fund will distribute grants of up to £2,500 to local charities and community organisations in the boroughs of Hackney and Tower Hamlets to support local residents and help them to achieve their education, employment and training goals.

In the three years he spent at Allen & Overy Ben contributed a huge amount to the community through charity and pro bono work and the establishment of this fund is aimed at continuing his legacy.

Ben’s parents Andy and Pat, sister Amy and partner Stephanie, said: “Our Ben lived life to the full and filled every moment either with a specific activity or simply by taking time to learn about something new. Ben cared enormously about the world in which he lived and especially those people whom he came into contact with. Even though Ben was humble about his pro-bono and community work he was passionate about helping others and we are so proud that his legacy can live on through this important memorial fund.”

The next deadline for applications is 1st June 2015. Contact the EECF Grants Team on 020 7345 4444 or for more information.

Newham charities urged to apply for funding 

March 2015

Image: Beckton Skills Centre recieved funding from Newham Giving in 2014 / Credit: EECF

The grants team are excited to announce that Newham Giving is now open for applications and are calling on local charities and community organisations to apply for funding. Newham Giving is focused on funding positive group activities over the summer holiday and October half term for young people aged 8 to 17. Organisations may apply for a grant of up to £10,000 towards provision that covers either one or both holiday periods.

The three main aims of the programme are: to positively impact on children and young people’s development, to reduce anti-social behaviour and improve community cohesion and to increase motivation and engagement with education or learning. The deadline for applications is 20th April 2015.

Newham Giving is a unique charitable platform that enables donors of all sizes to give collectively to tackle specific local community issues, bringing together local businesses and local people. Supporters for the programme include Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP, Clifford Chance, Northern Trust, Royal Docks Trust and Tate and Lyle. Last year Newham Giving was able to distribute just over £50,000 in grants to nine local organisations meaning that over 1,000 young people were able to enjoy a summer full of fun-packed activities. 

To view the programme guidelines and an application form contact the EECF Grants Team on 020 7345 4444 or email for more information.

Demand for EECF support doubles in 2014

February 2015

Image: View of Canary Wharf from local market / Credit: EECF

The grants team had a very busy 2014 with the launch of four new grant programmes – Hackney Giving, Newham Giving, the London Dock Community Fund and the WAPP Community Fund – and the appointment of a new Grants Manager, Paige Murphy, in July.

We are pleased to report that we have been able to award more grants than ever before as awareness of our programmes increases; from January to December 2014 we supported over 140 organisations across all of our grant programmes, awarding 147 grants totalling £490,015.21.

With double the number of applications received than in the previous year, this demonstrates that our grant programmes remain relevant to the needs of the communities we serve and also a high demand for financial support for community organisations in our area.

We hope to do even more to support local groups with more grants in 2015 and will also be focusing our monitoring and evaluation strategy to better understand the impact of our grant making. We will continue to ensure our application process is relevant and easy to follow for those applying and will be piloting a new online application system in the coming months.

For more information about how to apply for funding contact the EECF Grants Team on 020 7345 4444 or email for more information.

Hackney Wick organisations encouraged to apply for new grants programme

January 2014

Image/Credit: Wick Award Logo  

East End Community Foundation (EECF) are pleased to announce the launch of a new grants programme, the WAPP Community Fund, to support local charities and grassroots organisations in the ward of Hackney Wick. EECF are managing the funding on behalf of the Wick Award Partnership Panel (WAPP), a panel of local residents and stakeholders.

Having been successful in securing a Big Lottery Fund grant, the Wick Award Partnership Panel (WAPP) aim over the next ten years to use the funding to celebrate the ward’s diversity and promote community cohesion, draw upon the energy and creativity of local residents and businesses and equip them with the means to ensure everyone in the Wick Ward benefits from the opportunities being created in and around the area.

WAPP also aims to encourage greater use of open spaces and public facilities and encourage collaboration and participation between local groups, schools, faith organisations, businesses, service providers, arts and voluntary organisations.

Local charities and grassroots organisations in the ward of Hackney Wick may apply for grants from the WAPP Community Fund from £200 up to £5,000 that address the themes of: improving and promoting health and wellbeing, building community spirit or creating opportunities for young people.

As the percentage of people living with serious mental illness in Hackney is significantly higher than the national average, the WAPP are especially interested in supporting projects that will help local residents experiencing mental health issues on a clear pathway to employment.

The deadline for applications is 9th February 2015.

For more information about the WAPP Community Fund and other grants available in the borough of Hackney contact the EECF Grants Team on 020 7345 4444 or email for more information.