The Hackney Funding Programme

HACKNEY residents are set to benefit from nearly £2.5 million of Council funding for community and voluntary sector organisations.

Launched on Tuesday (7 July), next year’s programme features a total budget of £2.415 million, and will be aimed at funding a range of services to residents within Hackney, from holiday playschemes and projects promoting healthy and active lifestyles, to environmental schemes, supporting vulnerable families and activity which encourages closer community cohesion.

Cllr Nargis Khan, Cabinet Member for Community Services, said: “The Council recognises the key contribution of the voluntary and community sector in supporting the delivery of services to local people.

“Through next year’s Hackney Funding Programme we will continue to see our partnership working with the voluntary sector go from strength to strength.”

The closing date for applications is 29 September later this year, with awards made by Hackney Council’s Cabinet on 15 December – funding begins on 1 April, 2009, running until the end of March, 2010.

The Hackney Funding Programme will support activities and services under the following six headings:

Cohesive communities – applications will be encouraged from those who encourage and facilitate integration and confidence-building between people from different backgrounds, and from different generations.

Promoting health and well-being – including a range of activities that provide practical and innovative solutions to support independent living and tackle health inequalities by promoting health, well being and healthy lifestyles.

Citizenship and pride in Hackney and its environment – enabling more people to become active citizens and building a sense of citizenship and pride in Hackney and its environment.

Advice services – delivering accessible and high quality advice services for the people that most need them. This includes general and specialist advice. Applications are encouraged from organisations delivering social welfare advice in line with the priorities set out in the Hackney Advice Strategy

Improving outcomes and life chances for children and young people – encouraging healthy lifestyles, improving services for families with children with disabilities, supporting vulnerable and isolated families, increasing education and training opportunities for 14-19-year-olds

Holiday playschemes – providing good quality holiday playschemes in each of Hackney’s four neighbourhoods for children and young people aged 5-15 (up to 19 for those with special educational needs).

Hackney Council for Voluntary Service (HCVS) will be holding two workshops to help voluntary and community groups make the best application possible.

These will take place at HCVS, 84 Springfield House, 5 Tyssen Street, London E8 2LY, on:
Thursday, 14th August, 10.30am-12.30pm
Wednesday, 10th September, 2.30-5pm.

Further information about the grants, and an application pack, are available from, or on request from Voluntary Sector Grants, Community Partnerships Team, 2nd Floor, 2 Hillman Street, London E8 1FB. Phone: 020 8356 4066, and email

For advice or support on how to put an application together, or to book a place on one of the two workshops, contact HCVS on 020 7923 1962 or at