Applications open for Discover Young Hackney small grants to connect young people to opportunities in the arts


Arts, creative and cultural organisations based in Hackney can now apply to be part of this summer’s Discover Young Hackney (DYH) annual young persons arts and culture programme.

Returning for its 16th year, Discover Young Hackney has helped thousands of young people in the borough to develop their creative skills, offering a route into cultural and creative industries such as theatre, music, dance, photography, film, fine arts and fashion through a programme of free or low-cost workshops and activities.

Small grants of up to £5000 are available to cultural organisations in Hackney to set up creative activities and opportunities for local residents aged 13-19 (and up to 25 with SEND) throughout August. This year DYH is particularly interested in proposals that include trending and popular digital art forms and increase the amount of long term opportunities for participants. Applications must be submitted by midday on Monday 10 April.

Cllr Chris Kennedy, Cabinet Member for Health, Adult Social Care, Leisure and Culture

Since 2007 the fantastic Discover Young Hackney initiative has helped to break down the barriers that can stand in the way of a career in the arts and cultural sectors for young people in the borough. Last year’s programme partnered with 11 different organisations and engaged over 1000 young people. We hope for a similarly enthusiastic response this time around so that even more young residents will have the opportunity to explore new art forms and talents that may lead to their first step in the creative industries.”

Cllr Chris Kennedy, Cabinet Member for Health, Adult Social Care, Leisure and Culture

Notes to editors

Click here to apply. Organisations must be based in, or working in Hackney. Proposals can be an extension of existing activity to be included under the DYH umbrella and should signpost participants to further opportunities. Activities should be free or low-cost. 

Applications can be made for awards between £500 and £5,000 and must include participatory and learning outcomes for young people. Smaller projects, defined as projects delivered by an individual organisation, are expected to apply for awards of up to £2,000. 

Larger projects, led in partnership with other organisations or focusing on the longer term, can apply for between £3,000 and £5,000. All applications should include a minimum match-funding of 10% of the overall project costs, in-kind or in cash. 

All projects must be delivered between Tuesday 1 August and Thursday 1 September 2023.