Launch of £750,000 Team Hackney grants programme

Launch of grants programme worth £750,000 to community groups in Hackney

Hackney’s voluntary and community groups all have the chance to apply for a total of £750,000, with the launch this week (12 April) of Team Hackney Community Grants.

Grants of between £1,000 and £30,000 will be given to groups who show that they can offer services which will reach vulnerable groups within Hackney. This could include anything from reducing child poverty and providing activities for young people at risk of crime, to helping older people to live independently, tackling fuel poverty or helping people into work or training.

Last year, Team Hackney Community Grants awarded 90 grants to local groups to run projects such as the An Viet Foundation’s Over 50s Healthy Living Project, and the arts and sports youth club run by MDMD on the Nightingale Estate. Hands Inc, which offers free or subsidised complementary therapies and art therapy, started from home in 2001. Now, thanks to support from the grants programme, it has grown enough to rent its own office space and employ a business development officer.

Co-founder Eileen Bellot said: “We know we’re having an impact because people are coming back and wanting more of our services.”

"This year’s grants programme represents a significant investment by Team Hackney in the voluntary and community sector,” said Jake Ferguson, Chief Executive of Hackney Council for Voluntary Service (HCVS), the organisation which administers the grants on behalf of Team Hackney. “It gives the sector the opportunity to showcase what only they can offer and to complement public services with some fantastic community-led approaches to tackling Hackney’s key issues.”

Ian Lewis, Director of Partnerships for Hackney Council, said: “This is the third tranche of Team Hackney Community Grants, and we are delighted that most of the projects we’ve funded so far have been shown to successfully meet the needs of residents from many of Hackney’s diverse communities.”

The programme includes three types of grants: £1,000 - £5,000; £6,000 - £15,000 and £16,000 to £30,000.

To apply or to sign up for a support workshop, contact HCVS on 020 7923 1962, email: or download a pack from The deadline for applications is 12noon on Friday, 28 May 2010.