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Action for Bow was established as a registered charity (1104269) in 2004 by the former Tower Hamlets Housing Action Trust to support community activities in Bow East and West Wards including education, training and employment opportunities; healthy living, sports and cultural activities; environmental and regeneration issues. 

2022-23 saw a full return to normal activities following the pandemic period and, with the new continuing grants to the food bank and legal advice services, the Trust spent £309,864 – the highest amount for several years. 

At the year end the Trust’s reserves totalled £731,758 and with similar future expenditure, the Trust anticipates that its funds will be fully spent within two years.  All grant recipients should be aware of the need to seek alternative funding from April 2025 at the latest.

During this financial year the Trust made grants totalling £290,064 to 24 organisations.  The largest two were £39,864 for the provision of legal advice services and £30,000 for the Bow Food Bank – both of which reflected current major needs of residents. Eleven organisations received a total of £123,063 for projects for young people; £35,607 was granted to provide services specifically for older people and the remainder of £61,530 was for more general community benefit.

Grants for Projects made in 2022-2023

Project ProvisionProviderGrant
Legal AdviceLegal Advice Centre£39,864  
Food BankThe Bow Food Bank£30,000  
Young People’s Activities at Caxton HallOcean Youth Connexions£28,019  
Young People’s Creative CurriculumArtburst Ltd £20,018  
Community ActivitiesTredegar & Sabella Association£15,500  
Dance Festival and ClassesChisenhale Dance£15,499  
Young People’s Outreach WorkshopsYoung Urban Arts Foundation£15,000  
Older People’s Mental Health SupportWorking Well Trust£14,494  
Young People’s Drama After SchoolHalf Moon Theatre£12,322  
Young Person’s Drama ClubPurple Moon Drama £10,670  
Tackling Loneliness in the CommunityEast London Cares £10,166  
School’s CounsellingChisenhale Primary School£10,000  
Young People’s Educational SupportAccess Higher Education£9,512  
Young People’s Film WorkshopSpace Studios£8,690  
Disabled People’s FitnessAbility Bow£7,838  
Older People’s ActivitiesThe Geezers Club£7,237  
Older People’s WellbeingAge UK East London£7,000  
Older People’s Healthy Living and FitnessBow Bengali Forum£6,876  
Young People’s Summer Activities Bow Bengali Forum£5,000  
Training for Fashion IndustryBritish Bangladeshi Fashion Council£5,000  
Heritage Trail in BowRoman Road Trust£5,000  
Choral Music Free ConcertsThe Crofton Singers£2,527  
Young People’s SportsAcorn Football Club£1,957  
Young People’s Mock InterviewsTower Hamlets Education Business Partnership£1,875

Total Grant Expenditure £290,064  

Trustees: grants are allocated up to three times a year by the voluntary Trustees, who in 2022-23 were Sheila Drew Smith (Chair), Jackie Odunoye, Janet Ludlow and Councillor Marc Francis who was succeeded during the year by Councillor Abdul Mannan.

Potential new trustees are always warmly invited to make contact with the Trust via Ahmed Hussain at the Bromley by Bow Centre.

Grant Enquiries and Applications: Please contact Ahmed Hussain at the Bromley by Bow Centre, St Leonard’s Street, London, E3 3BT.  Telephone: 020 8709 9700    Email:

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