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. 

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

Applications for main grants have now closed.

Small grants round 1

Small grants of between £1,000 and £5,000 are available for projects which contribute to the programme's priorities and equality objective. Applications are now open and will close at 12 noon (midday) on Wednesday 6 December. Please check the Hackney VCS grants programme 2017/18 prospectus [pdf, 470.93Kb]  for details of eligibility and how to apply. Please also see the guidance document and related proposed delivery schedule below together with the link to make your 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, and will be running a 'How to Apply' workshop 9.45am - 1pm on Monday 13 November at Adiaha Antigha Centre, 24-30, Dalston Lane, E8 3AZ.

This workshop will:

  • provide an overview of the Hackney Small Grants programme
  • give details on the application process

by the end of the workshop you'll be able to:

  • gain a better understanding of the way to identify and evidence need
  • apply the Theory of Change model to their application
  • prepare an attractive budget

Call 020 7923 1962 or  book your place.

If you'd like any support please contact HCVS directly.

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.

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 are now closed. 

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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