Community grants

We help local voluntary or community organisations provide projects for Hackney residents - such as youth activity schemes, health advice, employment advice and safety improvements - through our grants programme.

2019/20 grants programme

We're pleased to announce the launch of our A Place for Everyone - Hackney VCS grants programme 2020/21. For details of next year's grants programme, see our Hackney CVS grants prospectus 2020/21 [doc, 205.5KB] which provides information on the types of grants available, the eligibility criteria and how to apply.

For details of this year's programme see our Hackney CVS grants prospectus 2019/20 [pdf, 316.49KB].

Apply for a Main Grant (including holiday play schemes)

Voluntary and community sector organisations are once again invited to apply for one or two year main grant funding for grants that will run from April 2020 until March 2021 or 2022. Applications can be made for grants between £5,000 - £30,000 for a 1 year grant or up to £60,000 for a 2 year grant, for initiatives that will:

  • promote social inclusion, encourage independence and develop personal resilience
  • build positive relations between different groups and communities that will maintain the high levels of community cohesion in Hackney

The deadline for applications is 12 noon, Monday 16 September 2019.

Please read the guidance on completing the main grant application form 2020/21 before you apply.

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Application support workshops

Hackney CVS, an independent voluntary organisation, are available to provide advice and support to VCS organisations interested in applying to the Hackney VCS grants programme. Hackney CVS will be running workshops on how to apply for a main grant as well as providing one to one surgeries to support the application process.

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Small grants

This year voluntary and community sector organisations can apply for small grants between £1,000 and £5,000 for projects that contribute to one or both of our two priorities:

  • promote social inclusion, encourage independence and develop personal resilience
  • build positive relations between different groups and communities that will maintain the high levels of community cohesion in Hackney

This year voluntary and community sector organisations can apply for small grants between £1,000 and £5,000 for projects that contribute to one or both of the two Hackney Grants programme priorities:

  • promote social inclusion, encourage independence and develop personal resilience
  • build positive relations between different groups and communities that will maintain the high levels of community cohesion in Hackney

Applications are now closed.

Community chest grants

Community chest grants are available for local groups to deliver short term or one-off activities. Organisations can apply for up to £1,000 to deliver projects which contribute to the Hackney equality objective 'To foster good relations by building a strong sense of community, neighbourliness and pride'.

Applications for the first round are now closed. The second round will open for applications in September 2019.

Advice grants

Our voluntary and community sector grants programme includes ring-fenced funding for advice services in the borough which are delivered by voluntary and community sector organisations.

Organisations could apply for a grant to provide an advice service that helps people solve their problems and regain independence by promptly giving them the right advice and support.

Applications are now closed. For more detail on our approach, please see the advice grant framework [pdf, 171.43KB].

Previous grants awarded

Hackney CVS training for the voluntary and community sector

Hackney CVS is an independent voluntary organisation, which provides a range of information, advice and support to VCS organisations in Hackney. As well as providing help and guidance on applying for the Hackney VCS grants programme, Hackney CVS runs high quality bespoke training and workshops for the voluntary sector throughout the year.

VCS organisations can also sign up to Hackney CVS's weekly newsletter to receive updates on training and events, funding opportunities, community news and local politics.

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