family projects

To apply for a Dragon's Den Small grant download the grant guidelines and application form here, or contact Ola on 07419 285839.

Dragon's Den projects are amazing because they're often run by local volunteers who want to make a difference for the community. Below are some of the projects funded so far. 

Here are the projects funded in the 2018 Dragon's Den:

CARPET BOWLS: social activity for both men & women to help reduce isolation

CHAIR BASED EXERCISE TO MUSIC: improving mobility, coordination & strength

COACH TRIPS FOR THE WHOLE COMMUNITY: Colchester Zoo, Brighton, Margate


COMMUNITY SPIRIT: bouncy castle & animal fun, especially for young families 

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: baking workshops - Christmas (adults) & Easter (families) 

HOMEWORK CLUB: family engagement in children's primary school homework
NIMBLE FINGERS & BOARD GAMES: adults sharing skills & donating knitted items

PADNALL COURT SPORTS ACADEMY: fortnightly Sunday football for girls & boys

PLAYTIME FOOTBALL CLUB: exploring skills & techniques for children aged 8-14

PROTECT YOURSELF - AWESOME: Karate & basic self-defence - ages 6-11 & 12-18 

TWIST KIDS CREATIVITY: family arts & crafts workshops during schools holidays 

WELLGATE COMMUNITY ALLOTMENTS: food-growing workshops for all ages


Here are the projects funded in the 2017 Dragon's Den:

SmileBrain Food: free breakfasts for children and young people

 SmileCarpet Bowls: social activity for men and women to help reduce isolation

SmileCircus Skills for All: equipment for scouts plus community workshops

SmileCultural Festival: community event with diverse food, music, dance and dress

 SmilePop-up Creative Cafe: arts & crafts workshops in the holidays

SmileIT Fun Cafe: basic computing and social networking skills for adults

SmileLet's Explore: play and learn together for 0-5 year olds with their parents, grandparents or carers

SmileMoney & Debt Management Training: money advice sessions, information events plus confidential telephone debt support

SmileNimble Fingers & Board Games: knitting, crochet, embroidery and board games for adults

SmileParent Gym - Parenting Programme with creche: support around behaviour and setting children boundaries 

SmileProject BMX Barking & Dagenham: BMX cycling coaching for children and young people


2016 was our first ever Dragon's Den, when these projects were funded:

  • Sustrans - Money towards a bike track
  • Wednesday Workshop - Goodies for the kids to enjoy sports and get creative
  • St Marks Health & Fitness - Zumba for different ages
  • The Childrens Food Trust - Healthy eating workshops
  • Marks Gate Infants PTA - A childrens vegetable garden
  • Lioness 1 O'Clock Club - Day trips out 
  • Stav's Street Fit - Dance fitness classes 

      You can also check out this blog post.