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 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 of between £1,000 and £5,000 are available for projects which contribute to the programme's priorities and equality objective. Applications have 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 opened 12 noon Monday 14 May and will close at Midday on Monday 11 June.
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.
Further to the information above, we are now working with a wider cohort of providers. To ensure this group have access to the learning and inform the design as well as making sure we fund the right mix of organisations to support residents, we have decided to extend the existing social welfare advice grants to 31 March 2019. Transitional arrangements put in place with a range of community providers have also been extended to March 2019.
2017/18 grants programme
We have allocated all the grant funding for this year.