05/12/19: The Open Programme is now OPEN
05/04/17: Funding database for the DCT Area - click on 'Resources' below

Open Grant Recipients 2017 Onwards

'The Big 30' project by Heart n Soul, funded through the Open Programme in 2017
'The Big 30' project by Heart n Soul, funded through the Open Programme in 2017

Core grants from 2017-20

In 2017 two three-year Core grants of a total of £60,000 were awarded to:

999 Club

To support the 999 Club’s involvement in the three-year national partnership to pilot the Mayday Trust’s ‘Inspire’ Personal Transition Service, for people who are currently homeless, have recently been homeless, or are at high risk of becoming homeless.

Creekside Discovery Centre

To enable the expansion of the Creekside Discovery Centre, which provides low-tide river walks and environment education activities for children, and also support the conservation, protection and improvement of the physical and natural environment in Deptford Creek and River Thames area.



BelEve UK

To employ a project manager and mental health facilitator to coordinate the organisation’s programme of workshops and mentoring reaching 1,000 (80% from the DCT area) girls and young women from predominantly BAME backgrounds aged 14-25 over one year.

Bench Outreach 

To expand Bench’s housing and benefits advice and advocacy service supporting 700 people with housing related advice and support through face to face and online support

Community Advice Works (also known as 170 Community Advice Project) 

To fund two advice workers offering drop in advice sessions to beneficiaries from the DCT area at Deptford Lounge and Hatfield Close.

Creekside Education Trust

To support Creekside's ongoing core costs underpinning its education and community work

Deptford Lionesses

To deliver 27 weekly football sessions to 40 girls each week aged 7-15 at Deptford Lounge.

Free to Be Kids

To cover the cost of 17 vulnerable children from the DCT area attending a 5 day summer residential in rural Sussex including food, activities and door-to-door transport.

New Cross & Deptford Families First

To employ a 1:1 family support work for 20 families over one year. Each family would receive approximately 25 hours of family support time.

Paradigm Project

To pilot the My Next Steps programme in two Lewisham primary schools taking an early intervention approach to preventing involvement in serious youth violence.

Peak Barista Academy CIC

To deliver three barista / coffee industry training courses with employability & entrepreneurship support to 24 unemployed young people in Deptford

Thames Reach

To fund a cook to deliver Feeding Deptford a drop in meal provision for people at risk of or experiencing homeless reaching 1,200 people over one year.

The Deptford Ragged Trust

To contribute towards the Deptford Ragged Trust’s interim programme of community activities and engagement during the redevelopment of the Bear Church building

Toucan Employment

To employ a Project Worker to deliver 1:1 employability support to 24 clients with learning disabilities over one year in Deptford.

Youth First

To provide weekly holiday and termtime sessions of open access youth provision at Deptford Adventure Playground reaching 115 young people aged 10-16.



Deptford Free Cinema CIC

To deliver 10 ‘pop up’ cinema and social events for older people at venues around Lewisham


To deliver 13 writing and music workshops over three month to 15-20 vulnerable and marginalised adults receiving support from Deptford Reach.

Africa Advocacy Foundation

To deliver a programme for 40 faith leaders (particularly Christian and Muslim) in the DCT area to change responses in faith communities towards equality, sexual rights, LGBT rights, women and girls, FGM and cultural practices, Mental health and HIV stigma ultimately reaching congregations o over 3,000 with key messages and access to support.

Goldsmiths, University of London

To deliver a programme of term time music workshops and mentoring on Saturday at Goldsmiths for 90 young people aged 14-18 who are at risk of school exclusion from three local schools

South East London Community Energy

To deliver energy advice, support and advocacy to 415 people through remote support (during lockdown) and at an energy café once this is feasible.

Afghanistan and Central Asian Community Association

To deliver Level 1 and 2 ESOL to 50 people over 40 weeks to BME people on low incomes, including refugees and asylum seekers at the Albany Centre in Deptford.

Deptford Folk

To deliver monthly bicycle repair workshops in North Deptford and cycling sessions offering safe route guidance reaching 200 people in total

Young Futures

To deliver therapy to around 15 vulnerable young people leaving care living in the DCT area, over a one-year period

The Deptford Ragged Trust

To deliver weekly English Friday classes to 50 Refugees and Migrants offering Level 1 ESOL and basic employability support.

2000 Community Action Centre

To employ a full time cook to increase the existing low cost community kitchen to five days a week from two days per week supporting 100 people.

Migration Museum Project

To employ a full time Education Manager to coordinate a programme of community outreach, schools engagement, activities and volunteer training reaching over 3,000 people (70% from DCT area)

Evelyn Parents Forum

To employ two early years workers to coordinate and deliver activities over 42 weeks (30h/week) for 750 children and families

Artmongers Action

To produce two community murals in collaboration with participants from Addey and Stanhope School and Heart n' Soul and local volunteers.

Creekside Education Trust

To support its ongoing work including expansion of its secondary school support leading to increased educational opportunity particularly for those who struggle in a classroom setting.

Community Assets for Society & Housing (CASH) Community Land Trust Limited

To support the organisation's next steps towards its first housing development scheme (in collaboration with Sun Co-op) including building internal capacity and conducting community outreach

Entelechy Arts Ltd

To support work with 200 isolated older people in Deptford

BelEve UK

Towards the core salaries to increase the organisation's staff to three full time workers to support its growth and fundraising

Bench Outreach

Towards the core salary costs of the organisation's housing and benefits advice service reaching 500 people


In 2019 seventeen grants were awarded through the Open Grants Programme

Active Living Support

To provide 24 weekly, one hour multi-sport sessions at Disabled Peoples Contact to support the fitness of the young disabled people aged 18-25.

Ahoy Centre

To deliver accredited sailing courses for 240 disadvantaged young people at The Ahoy Centre.

Bench Outreach

To expand it’s Access to Housing and Treatment service reaching 100 vulnerable people (including the homeless) in North Lewisham.

CASH (Community Assests for Society and Housing)

To support 12 months of set up activities to develop a new Community Land Trust in Deptford.

Chocolate Films Workshops

To deliver a nine-session 2D stop motion animation course for 10-15 adult clients of Deptford Reach.

Deptford Methodist Mission Disabled People's Contact

To build the capacity and strength of the DPC by contributing to 50% of the Day Centre Manager's salary for one year and one additional part-time member of staff for three days a week.

Frameless Arts C.I.C.

To deliver a 12-week skateboarding focused, creative and active programme for 20 children and young people at the Woodpecker Youth Club.

GDND Community

To deliver 10 free urban dance workshop days for 25 young people aged 9-18 from hard to reach/ disadvantaged backgrounds in Lewisham.

Heart n Soul

To deliver a term time and summer holiday creative arts activity programme for 55 young people with learning disabilities in Deptford.

Lewisham Cyclists

To deliver a weekly bike club over 25 weeks reaching 40 disadvantaged young people at Riverside Youth Club.

Reprezent Radio Ltd.

To deliver an accredited radio and media training and work experience programme for 10 young people at a Youth First Centre in Deptford.

Ripe Enterprises Limited

To deliver a 40 week English, Maths, ICT and employability training to 20 un or under-employed people on the Vanguard Estate.

Somerville Youth & Play Provision

To deliver a programme of activities to build the skills, confidence and resilience of 20 young people who are disengaged from school.

South East London Community Energy

To deliver a weekly energy café in the Deptford Lounge Library reaching 130 people in fuel poverty.

The Deptford Ragged Trust

To continue ‘English Friday’ English classes and develop outreach and employability support elements reaching 60 non-English speakers in Deptford.

Vietnamese Women & Families Association (VWF)

To continue the part-time post of Coordinator, to oversee delivery of existing and new projects and continue the strategic development of the organisation.

Voluntary Services Lewisham (Formerly the Voluntary Care Centre)

To support and improve the quality of life of 200 migrants, refugees and asylum seekers through skills-building workshops and facilitated volunteering as well as run two community events.



In 2018 DCT awarded fourteen grants under the Open Programme

Bench Outreach

For a housing and treatment service reaching 400 homeless people over one year.  

FoodSkills Training

To provide a food preparation and work experience programme for eight unemployed young people in Deptford.   

Afghanistan and Central Asian Community Association

To fund a part-time Integration Officer post, and delivery of three weekly two-hour ESOL classes for 48 refugees. 

Bright Beginnings 

For weekly one-hour aerobics, dance, fitness, cooking and wellbeing classes for 80 older residents, lone parents and women on the Leander and Vanguard Estates. 

Chocolate Films

For a four-day programme of film-making sessions with a group of 10-15 homeless people from Deptford Reach.  

Deptford Methodist Mission Disabled People’s Contact

For the salaries of two minibus drivers to enable vulnerable older people to access the day centre three days a week and attend 10 day trips.     


To fund a series of community events in the parks, two forest school workshops and an exhibition on trees, benefiting 500 people.  

Entelechy Arts Ltd.

For a 12-month development project to engage 20 severely frail and terminally ill people in arts and creative activities in Deptford, and for organisational development.   

Evelyn Parents Forum

To support delivery of 12 activity days over six weeks of the summer holiday, for low-income residents of Evelyn Ward.


To work with The Albany and three visiting theatre companies over 12 months to increase and improve opportunities for 25 visually impaired people to participate in the arts in Deptford.  

Irie! Dance Theatre 

For a multi-stranded community cohesion project focussed on the continuation and development of the theatre and its activities, benefitting 460 people. 

Noahs Ark Children's Venture

To contribute towards low-cost residential breaks for 13 groups of 15 young people from the DCT area, from disadvantaged backgrounds and/or with disabilities.

Teatro Vivo

To create a new play called Evelyn’s Roots and stage free outdoor promenade performances of the show in Evelyn Ward. 

The Bike Project 

To establish a cycling-based programme in Deptford, to provide renovated bikes for, and reduce social isolation amongst refugees and asylum seekers.   


In 2017 the DCT awarded ten grants under the new Open Programme. Grant sizes ranged from £4,968 to £29,940 for projects of up to one year which benefit the residents of the DCT area.

170 Community Project

To deliver 4 days of face-to-face welfare advice to a total of 700 clients across at least 2 venues, in partnership with Evelyn 190 Centre.

BelEve UK

To fund an Outreach Worker to free up the Director and Finance Director’s time to focus on the strategic development of the organisation.

Bench Outreach

For a joint project with Deptford Reach to integrate homeless support services.

Evelyn Parents Forum

To support delivery of 12 activity days over 6 weeks of summer holidays, for low-income residents of Evelyn ward.

Heart n Soul

To host a series of live events and an art installation involving 175 people with learning disabilities in Deptford to celebrate the 30 year anniversary of Heart n Soul.

Inspiring Your Imagination

To run five weeks of video and filming workshops with young people and local organisations in Deptford, leading to an AQA qualification in film-making for 40 young people.

Lewisham Speaking UP 

To pilot the ‘Speak Up and Wellbeing’ peer support group for 12-15 people with a learning disability living in the DCT area.

Lewisham Vietnamese Women & Families Association (VINAWOA)

For a core grant to employ a part-time Coordinator.

School-Home Support

To develop parent volunteer schemes at Lucas Vale and Grinling Gibbons Primary Schools.

Young Futures

To provide therapy to young care leavers who are living in independent flats within the DCT area.