Fundraising is a skill that new groups often find they need help to learn, here are some of the services we offer to help you in your quest:


A tailored search for potential funders for your project or service. Using this software we are able to help you by accessing a database of more than 8000 funders. Using the findings you can go on to the application process.

Training and workshops 

Keep an eye on our LATEST EVENTS page for news of upcoming fundraising training events. We often run a 'meet the funder' fair which offers you a chance to connect with funding bodies as well as specialist seminars and training events.

One to one training and advice:

Work with one of our experienced team, we can help you with drafting applications, fundraising ideas or funding strategy for your organisation.

All of our services are offered on a no to low cost basis. Please email us HERE with the service you are enquiring about.  Put Fundraising  in the subject line and one of the team will contact you.

Seed Grants

Our ‘Seed Grant’ scheme is a small funding programme for voluntary and community groups. To be applicable you must meet the following criteria:

  • Based in Newham and benefitting Newham residents.
  • Be newly-formed (i.e. the last 6 months/1 year).
  • Have not received more than £1,000 in grants, contracts or sponsorship before. (This does not include any funds you may have raised in donations from members).
  • Our expectation is that all groups receiving a Seed Grant will make use of the support available from the CIU to help their organisation grow and become more sustainable.

FAQ's and how to apply
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What kind of activities can the seed grants support?

Seed Grants can support any activity which helps a group of people to get a new community group started or which assists an unfunded groupe to take an important step forward in it's development.

How much can you apply for and how many seed grants are available?

Groups can apply for up to a maximum of £400.00. We expect to be able to offer arounf 10 seed grants a year.

How to apply

Download these documents Application Form, Guidance notes and cover letter.

Completed Seed Grant application must be submitted with a copy of your group’s constitution, if you have one, and a list of contact details, including telephone numbers, of all management committee members.

Please make sure you read the Guidance before you complete the form. We strongly recommend that you also seek assistance with completion of the Seed Grant application from one of the local organisations listed on page 5 of the Guidance.

Please return to: The Community Involvement Unit, Durning Hall, Earlham Grove, London E7 9AB

We regret that we are unable to accept applications by e-mail.