Small Grants Scheme

The Small Grants Scheme is a funding programme for community projects that aim to embed art, culture and heritage at the heart of the developments planned in Old Oak and Park Royal. 

OPDC have allocated £150,000 from the Great Place Scheme of which you can apply for a grant between £500 and £5000 to fund projects and activities in Old Oak and Park Royal centred around arts, culture and heritage. 

These grants will support amazing ideas generated by community organisations who are unlikely to be able to access other forms of funding. 

We will ensure that grant recipients will be supported throughout, with access to resources, surgeries and advice.

Our objectives for this scheme are to:

  • celebrate local talent and new partnerships
  • harness the creative interests of local people and voluntary organisations 
  • empower local people and organisations to support and develop creative talent and ideas

Through this scheme we hope to create a positive difference to communities by generating locally relevant cultural activity.

The first successful applicants of the scheme were announced in July 2019. Read about these projects.

Getting involved

Applications for funding are open until December 2020 and  will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Read the guidelines to find out whether your project is eligible.

When you’re ready to apply please do so via the online application system.

Application guidance

To be successful in your application, your project must address one of more of the following priorities:

  • encouraging new people, young and older in Old Oak and Park Royal to take part in arts and heritage activities
  • raising ambition for arts and heritage groups and individual artists based in the area for delivering community activities
  • developing skills and volunteering opportunities for local people to become active members of Old Oak and Park Royal community
  • building the links between the local community and local businesses in Old Oak and Park Royal

How much funding is available?

In the making has a funding pot of £150,000 which will be distributed from January 2019 to December 2020.  OPDC will manage this budget across the two years to make sure money is available throughout. 

How much funding can I get?

You can apply for a grant of £500 - £5,000.

You don’t need to have any other cash support for your project. In fact, we will prioritise projects where our funding will make a big difference to small projects. We are unlikely to fund projects where our funding makes up a small percentage of the overall project costs.

What can I get funding for?

Our grants can be used to fund arts, culture and heritage projects and activities taking place in Old Oak and Park Royal. 

Projects must have Old Oak and Park Royal at its heart. They should offer shared creative experiences to bring local communities together. We will invest in projects that support people on lower incomes and connect communities that can otherwise miss out. ODPC’s Engagement Team may also be able to offer you support if your activity links with their work in the area. 

Using the online application system

You can apply for funding online using the Open Project System.

If your organisation is not yet registered on the system you will need to register.

The step-by-step system user guide will take you through the process.

To talk to someone about your application before you apply or if you require the application materials in a different format, please get in touch:

  • via email
  • via phone: 020 7983 5732

Key dates

Applications open until Dec 2020

Project Team

OPDC Leads

Grace Williams – Great Place Scheme Programme Manager 

Sid Patrick – Great Place Scheme Project Support Officer   

Priya Jethwa – Arts in Industry Community Organiser


This is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Arts Council England as part of the Great Place Scheme. In March 2017, OPDC was awarded a grant of almost £1.5 million to deliver The Great Place Scheme, an ambitious and community-focused three-year programme of activities, events and projects.

In the Making

In the Making is a collection of activities that OPDC will deliver to shine a light on the positive changes happening now as part of this once-in-a-lifetime regeneration opportunity, delivering everyday improvements with local communities.

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