Up to 5k available in the latest round of small grants
Local community groups and charities are now able to apply for grants of up to £5,000, as part of the Council’s small grants fund.
Between £1,000 and £5,000 is available for local community and voluntary sector organisations who can demonstrate how their projects will make a positive difference in their local communities and improve the lives of Hackney residents. This could be through promoting social inclusion, encouraging independence and personal resilience, building positive relations, or enhancing community cohesion.
This year, an additional £10,000 has been contributed by LHC, a not-for-profit procurement consortium for publicly funded authorities, of which Hackney Council is a member. Any surplus from their activity is invested back into community projects through their Community Benefit Fund. This year, they and Hackney Council are working with Locality, who are a national network supporting community organisations to thrive. This extra funding will allow between one and three more projects to be funded.
We know that Hackney is home to lots of community groups that have some incredible ideas on how to make our borough even better, but lack the financial means to deliver their projects. Our small grants fund supports local groups to bring these ideas to life. We’re excited to be working with LHC this year to fund more projects across the borough, which will increase opportunities for our residents and deliver projects that make a difference to our local communities.
Voluntary and community sector organisations currently receiving our small grants include Hackney People First, who fund monthly forum meetings for people with learning difficulties; Outdoor People, who take residents on walking routes around the borough; and the Community Centre for Refugees from Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia who are running a garden project for older people.
Applications close at 12pm on Tuesday 26 November. You can find out further information about the application process and submit your application on our website: https://hackney.gov.uk/community-grants