Dragon's Den Grants


family projects

Dragon's Den projects are amazing because they're often run by local volunteers who want to make a difference for the community. Here are the projects funded in 2019 to run over the next few years, Covid-willing:

  • Eastside Community Heritage - collecting and sharing memories
  • Sports & Life Skills CIC - holiday sports activities
  • Studio 3 Arts - performing arts 
  • Chadwell Heath Residents Association - knitting, bowls, chair-based exercise
  • Independent Karate Clubs - self-defence, fitness, karate skills

Small Dragon's Den grants were also given for music projects, coach trips, breakfast club and 'yarn-bombing'.

To apply for a Dragon's Den grant download the documents below, or contact Catherine on 07419 285839 for hard copies. We are currently accepting applications, with a deadline on the 6th September 2021 at 5pm. 

Application Guidelines
Application Form
Project Budget


Projects funded in the 2018 

  • 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 DANCE PROGRAMME (STREET DANCE): dance workshops for 8-18s
  • 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


Projects funded in the 2017

  • Brain Food: free breakfasts for children and young people
  •  Carpet Bowls: social activity for men and women to help reduce isolation
  • Circus Skills for All: equipment for scouts plus community workshops
  • Cultural Festival: community event with diverse food, music, dance and dress
  •  Pop-up Creative Cafe: arts & crafts workshops in the holidays
  • IT Fun Cafe: basic computing and social networking skills for adults
  • Let's Explore: play and learn together for 0-5 year olds with their parents, grandparents or carers
  • Money & Debt Management Training: money advice sessions, information events plus confidential telephone debt support
  • Nimble Fingers & Board Games: knitting, crochet, embroidery and board games for adults
  • Parent Gym - Parenting Programme with creche: support around behaviour and setting children boundaries 
  • Project BMX Barking & Dagenham: BMX cycling coaching for children and young people


Projects funded in 2016 our first ever Dragon's Den

  • 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 


For more examples of our Dragon's Den projects you can also check out this blog post.