Hackney voluntary and community sector grants programme
The voluntary and community sector grants programme is available to local voluntary and community organisations to support projects for Hackney residents.
Volunteering for Hackney
Volunteering for Hackney is a new Council initiative in partnership with Volunteer Centre Hackney and Hackney CVS, providing support for small, locally based volunteer led projects to help them 'be the change' in their communities.
Your group could get, among other things:
- help with fundraising
- free meeting rooms
- one to one help with social media and communications
- promotion of your activities through Council channels
- free training on topics such as recruiting and retaining volunteers, safeguarding
The Hackney Community Strategy Partnership
The Hackney Community Strategy Partnership is our local strategic partnership board. It ensures that we, and the organisations that work with us, are working towards our collective vision for Hackney.
We consider the whole borough and work across organisations, looking at the big challenges are that no single organisation or partnership can solve on its own, and work towards solving them together.
The compact agreement is an agreement between us and voluntary and community sector partners. It's a set of shared principles committing us to getting the best out of the partnership on behalf of local people.
Hackney Armed Forces community covenant
The Council, together with Hackney Homes, Hackney Police, Hackney Council for Voluntary Services and representatives from the Army, Royal Navy, Royal Air Force, Greater London Reserve Forces and Cadets Association and national Armed Forces Charities signed a Hackney Armed Forces community covenant on 29 January 2013.
Discretionary rate relief
Discretionary rate relief (DRR) is granted by local authorities to charities and non-profit making organisations, in order to reduce the business rate liabilities for the buildings they occupy. It's an annual award and applications are required on an annual basis.
Discretionary rate relief is awarded at the Council's discretion. There's no right or entitlement to an award. You must make sure you can pay the mandatory rates from your annual budget until you get written confirmation that DRR has (or has not) been awarded.
Applying for discretionary rate relief
When you submit your application you'll receive an email with a tracking reference number that confirms we've received your application. The applications assessed by a panel that meets quarterly in March, June, September and December. It can take several weeks for the panel's recommendations to be approved, so it could be up to four months before you hear if you've been successful. You might also be asked for more information if your application doesn't give enough detail, and this could delay the decision.
You can save your progress and continue whenever you want. For more information, see our guidance for applicants [pdf, 259.36KB].