Do you have a great idea for an exciting, innovative project that will involve the community?

Maybe you want to start a dance project for adults? Or a healthy eating initiative for young people? We’re looking for great ideas to support!

£500 grants are available for 10 local projects that involve the community in a positive way. The grants will support local people to create inclusive projects for their neighbours.

This is your opportunity to create something brilliant for local residents.

Community Voting Days

Community Voting Days are events that provide communities with a way of accessing funding. They are all about local residents having a say in the projects that happen in their local community.

Our next Community Voting Day is on 28th November 2020, from 10am, for residents of Old Ford Road and we’re looking for great new ideas that will improve the health and wellbeing of the area.

£500 grants will be up for grabs to deliver community projects. Local people then have the opportunity to vote for projects they want to see funded.

People are invited to apply to publicly pitch their project idea, in order to win £500 funding to help get their idea off the ground.

The day is an opportunity to learn what is happening in the area and to give people opportunities at every stage to get involved and support local initiatives.

How does it work?

On 28th November, we’ll be hosting a fun and dynamic community Zoom event from 10am until 1pm. Anyone with a great local project idea can pitch it to residents of Old Ford Road, who will vote for their favourite to receive funding to make their idea a reality.

Shortlisted applicants will give a 3 minute presentation about their project. Attendees (with pre-approved Old Ford Road postcodes) will have an opportunity to vote for their favourite projects. The votes will be counted and the top 10 projects will win £500 each!

Do you have a great idea?

If you have a great project idea, we want to hear it! Apply here.

We will be running sessions for anyone who needs support filling in the application form, as well as presentation skills for those who want to practice their pitch. Sign up for free support sessions by emailing

The first application workshop is on 9th October. You can register here.


Got a great idea?

Apply now!

Do you have a great idea for a local project in the Old Ford Road area? Apply using the below form to be in with a chance of winning £500 to help get your project going.

Apply now

Why Community Voting Days are important

Often people with great ideas face barriers to access funding for the first time. Communities Driving Change’s Community Voting Day offers people opportunities to partner with local organisations and offer support through the application process.

Decision-making processes do not always involve local people. Often the people who decide on the projects that are awarded funding are far removed from the communities that stand to benefit from grants.

Our Community Voting Day put’s decision-making into the hands of local people – the people who best understand the community are those that live there.

Join in

There are a number of ways to get involved:

  • Do you have an idea you want to try out that would benefit people living in the Old Ford Road area? Apply now!
  • Do you live in the area and want to hear about and support local community projects? Put Saturday 28th November, 10am in your diary now!
  • Are you a local organisation that wants to support people to develop new ideas? We can help you to promote this opportunity to people you work with or pair you up with someone whose idea might support your objectives. Get in touch with

Anyone can attend the Community Voting Day on 28th November. Register your interest now! And join in on Zoom here.


  • Anyone with a great idea can apply to pitch
  • Your idea must be something that will improve the health and wellbeing of the area local to Old Ford Road
  • Your idea must be free for local people to access
  • Anyone can attend the Community Voting Day on 28th November via Zoom
  • Voting will also take place online
  • Only Old Ford Road residents can vote for their favourite ideas The winning idea, as voted for by local residents, will receive £500 funding and support to get their project off the ground

If you have any concerns about digital access or require support, please contact Communities Driving Change on 07495 015316.

Communities Driving Change at the Bromley By Bow Centre are running the project with the support of Gayle Wallace, a team of volunteers and our local partners. We are funded by Tower Hamlets Public Health which means that all activities must provide health and wellbeing outcomes and must be free for the public to access.

Need more info?

For more information, contact Mina by calling 07507556923 or email

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