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Grants of up to £40k available for projects benefiting Hackney residents

Hackney Town Hall

Voluntary and community groups are now able to apply for grants of up to £40,000 for future projects that will benefit Hackney residents.  

Two types of grants, under the Hackney Voluntary and Community Sector Grants programme, are now open for initiatives that will be delivered in 2015/16

Main grants of between £5,000 and £40,000 can be claimed for projects which focus on one of the following themes: reducing poverty, raising aspirations, promoting healthy living, making the borough safer, promoting mixed communities or increasing community pride.

In addition, holiday playscheme grants of up to £8,000 can be won by organisations which deliver high-quality initiatives for children and young people during the school holidays.

Last year City and Hackney Association for Mental Health (CHAMH) were awarded a main grant of £22,000 to develop and maintain a welfare rights service, providing specialist advice, support and guidance to residents with mental health problems. 

Krishna Maharaj, Chief Executive at CHAMH, said: “The grant funding enabled us to support over 630 vulnerable residents helping them to deal with national changes to the welfare system and secure their basic income.

“This has helped prevent people from relapsing in their mental health and prevented possible hospitalisation, eviction and homelessness.”

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

Applications are being accepted until midday on 19 September, 2014.

Guidance and information on how to apply is available at:www.hackney.gov.uk/community-grants