Hackney,
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September
2015
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12:36
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Grants of up to £60k available for community projects

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Voluntary and community groups have a few weeks remaining to apply for grants of up to £60,000 for future projects that will benefit Hackney residents.

The Main Grant, which is part of the Hackney Voluntary and Community Sector Grants programme, is open for initiatives that will be delivered in 2016/17. Organisations can apply online and the deadline is midday on Wednesday, 23 September.

The grants, of between £5,000 and £30,000 for a year-long scheme or up to £60,000 for those delivered over two years, can be claimed for projects which focus on promoting social inclusion and developing community cohesion in Hackney.

Within this programme there is also budget for organisations which deliver high-quality initiatives for children and young people during the school holidays.

Last year Hackney Youth Orchestras Trust was awarded a Main Grant of £10,000 to help run its Saturday morning music school for children and young people.

Rachel Dollimore, from the trust, said: “Thanks to our Main Grant project we’ve been able to put on extra rehearsals for the chamber orchestra who put on wonderful performances at the summer concert.

“One of our soloists has now reached grade 8 standard with distinction and is leaving to go to university after 10 years at the trust's Saturday school.

“Another student is leaving the trust's Saturday school after seven years after receiving an offer to study music at university.”

Nearly £1million of Main Grants has been awarded to 48 groups in Hackney for projects that are being delivered in 2015/16.

Cllr Jonathan McShane, Cabinet Member for Health, Social Care and Culture, said: “There are lots of organisations and voluntary groups out there who are making a positive difference to the lives of Hackney residents.

“The Council’s grants programme is there to provide funding to support voluntary and community sector organisations in the valuable work that they do.

“If you think your group or organisation might meet the criteria, then I would encourage you to apply for our grants.”

Guidance and information on how to apply is available on the grants webpages.

Cllr Jonathan McShane, Cabinet Member for Health, Social Care and Culture, Hackney Council
There are lots of organisations and voluntary groups out there who are making a positive difference to the lives of Hackney residents.

The Council’s grants programme is there to provide funding to support voluntary and community sector organisations in the valuable work that they do.

If you think your group or organisation might meet the criteria, then I would encourage you to apply for our grants.
Cllr Jonathan McShane, Cabinet Member for Health, Social Care and Culture, Hackney Council