More grants up for grabs

Hackney Council has launched its second round of small grants for local voluntary and community sector (VCS) organisations to benefit from grant funding to support projects for Hackney residents. The funds are from the Council's Voluntary and Community Sector grants programme for 2013/14, which has already allocated  almost £2.5m.

VCS groups can apply for between £1,000 to £5,000 for projects that contribute to Hackney's sustainable community strategy objectives, including: promoting work opportunities; raising educational achievement and aspirations; promoting health, well-being and independent living; helping to make Hackney safer; developing good neighbourhoods; and supporting environmental sustainability.

£55,000 is available for this final round of small grants for 2013/14. Recent improvements have also been made to the application process, which can now be done via an online system

Cllr Jonathan McShane, Cabinet Member for Health, Social Care and Culture, Hackney Council
The Council is fully supportive of the excellent work delivered by its voluntary and community sector, who provide support for so many of our residents. These grants are targeted at smaller community organisations to help assist with their ongoing work, special projects or events. I'm delighted that despite economic difficulties we have been able to continue to offer funds to support this crucial work.
Cllr Jonathan McShane, Cabinet Member for Health, Social Care and Culture, Hackney Council

Last year, 75 organisations received a share of £2.5 million from the Voluntary and Community Grants Programme to deliver a range of projects such as holiday play schemes for children and young people, health advice, employment support advice and improved safety in the borough.

Applications open at 12 noon on 15 April 2013 and will close at 5pm Friday 24 May 2013. For more information, visit: www.hackney.gov.uk/ce-pandc-community-grants-871.htm or call 020 8356 4066.