Cash available for local community group projects

Got an idea for a project that will help bond neighbours and communities? Then why not bid for funding through the Council’s Community Chest Grant.

Pots of £1,000 are now available for local groups to deliver short term or one-off community event. Applications must be submitted by 12pm on 11 June.

The project should help foster good relations by building a strong sense of community, neighbourliness and pride. The grant can fund events delivered any time between July this year and March 2019.

The Council awarded over £12,000 in Community Chest grants last year.

Successful projects include a grant to the Tree Circle Cinema’s outdoor showcase at Millfield Park, to help bring a diverse community together for a night of watching films under the stars.

Thanks to the funding we were able to hold the screening at Millfields Park which brought a community together for a fantastic evening.

The Community Chest Grant is a truly wonderful initiative, it helps support grass root level organisations to authentically provide events for the local community. The grant allowed us to stay true to our community ethos and that’s something we really appreciated.

More than 300 people attended and they came from a variety of ages, cultures and background, and we couldn’t have done it without the Community Chest Grant.

The feedback from the participants was very positive, and only last week a young boy from the area asked me if we’d be doing the event again.
Bhavesh Hindocha, Project Facilitator for The Tree Circle Cinema
Cllr Caroline Selman, Community safety, policy, and the voluntary sector
In Hackney we are proud of the strong sense of neighbourliness and community we have.  We are delighted to launch the Community Chest Grant for the fifth year and to support events and projects designed to help build on those links and bonds.

Our voluntary and community sector partners do a great job to bring people in Hackney together and I would like to thank them for all their hard work.
Cllr Caroline Selman, Community safety, policy, and the voluntary sector

More guidance and information on how to apply and for details of other grants available to community and voluntary groups visit the council’s website: www.hackney.gov.uk/community-grants