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. 

We currently have the following grant rounds open for application:

2018/19 grants programme

We are pleased to announce the launch of our A Place for Everyone - Hackney VCS grants programme 2018/19. For details of next year's grants programme please see our Hackney VCS grants programme 2018/19 prospectus [doc, 199.5Kb] which provides information on the types of grants available, the eligibility criteria and how to apply. 

Main grants (including holiday play schemes)

This year voluntary and community sector organisations can once again apply for two year main grant funding from 2018-20, enabling them to plan longer-term outcomes for their users. 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, Wednesday 20 September 2017.

Please read the guidance on completing the main grant application form 2018/19 [doc, 249.5Kb] if you wish to make an application. 

Apply Continue your application

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 how to apply workshops [pdf, 225.49Kb] as well as one to one surgeries to support the application process.  

Book your place

If you have any queries about the workshops or how to book a one to one session, please contact HCVS directly.

The Adiaha Antigha Centre,
24-30 Dalston Lane, London, E8 3AZ
Tel: 020 7923 1962

Update on social welfare advice grants

The Council began a review of its advice services in October 2016 in partnership with Advice UK. We're currently working with our advice partners using the Vanguard methodology to understand the current systems of advice with a view to improving the ways in which they can help people solve their problems by giving them the right advice, support and knowledge. A decision has been taken to extend existing social welfare advice grants to 30 September 2018, to allow further time for experimentation and redesign with our partners. Transitional arrangements put in place with a range of community providers will be reviewed during 2017-18, drawing on learning and developments from the wider review as it progresses.

Small grants

These grants are between £1,000 and £5,000 for projects being delivered in 2018/19 which contribute to our A Place for Everyone grant priorities. Further guidance on eligibility and completing your application form can be found in the prospectus above.

The first round of Small Grant applications for the 2018/19 grants programme will open Wednesday 25 October 2017. The guidance document will be made available later in the year. 

2017/18 grants programme

For this year we have allocated all our grant funding except for our final round of community chest which opens in September. Please see our prospectus and the community chest guidance document 

Community Chest grants

These are grants of up to £1,000 for projects and events which contribute to the Council's objective to foster good relations by building a strong sense of community, neighbourliness and pride. 

Applications for the second round of Community Chest grants opened Monday 4 September. The closing date for applications is Monday 2 October, at 12 noon.

Apply Continue your application

Grants awarded to date 2017/18

2016/17 grants programme

2015/16 grants programme

In 2015/16 we awarded £2.5million to the voluntary and community sector. A full list of these grants is available below.

2014/15 grants programme

In 2014/15, we allocated over £2.5 million to the organisations listed in the grant outcome report. See the infographic for information on some of the organisations and projects we've funded.

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