Interested in putting on a community project or event but need a small grant?

Voluntary sector organisations and community groups in Hackney are invited to apply for a Community Chest grant to deliver community projects or events. Bids of up to £1,000 for projects and events to be delivered between June 2014 to October 2014 that encourage a strong sense of community, neighbourliness and pride can be made to Hackney Council.

Last year, 2013 to 2014, a community gardening project  at Hobbs Place was awarded a Community Chest grant of £1,000 to create two accessible raised flower and vegetable beds. The residents researched, designed, built, and painted two flower and vegetable beds designed so that people with disabilities can enjoy gardening.  

Ms Suna Shunahan, Chairperson at
Hobbs Place managed the garden and encouraged residents to get involved, said: "It's been a team effort and we all wanted to do something to create a nice space to stop dogs from fouling the grass. 

"For anyone who is thinking about doing something, go for it. I never knew that horticulture could make such a difference to so many lives".

Cllr Jonathan McShane, Cabinet Member for Health, Social Care and Culture, Hackney Council
We are delighted to launch the Community Chest grant to support local community events and projects. I would like to thank our voluntary and community sector partners for all of the work that they do to bring people in Hackney together
Cllr Jonathan McShane, Cabinet Member for Health, Social Care and Culture, Hackney Council

There will be two rounds of Community Chest grants for 2014/15. The first round opened on Monday 7 April 2014 and closes at midday on Friday 2 May 2014.

A second round of Community Chest funding will be available this Autumn. Visit community grants for more guidance and information on how to apply and for details of other grants available to community and voluntary groups.

Photo shows sisters Hailey Katsimbris, age seven, and Alexandra Katsimbris, age 14, enjoying gardening at Hobbs Place following the award of a Communiy Chest grant