Community partnerships

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 or safeguarding

If you're interested please contact us team on 020 8356 4066 or

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.

Hackney Compact

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.

Charity and not for profit - discretionary rate relief

We can also give charities and not for profit organisations discretionary rate relief of up to 100%, if you are a registered charity in receipt of the 80% mandatory charity relief or a not for profit organisation

The application process can take up to 4 months.

Check if you can apply: charity and not for profit - discretionary rate relief policy [pdf, 177.25KB]

The relief is awarded at our discretion. There is no right or entitlement to an award.

Applications have to be made every year and must be made online. 

You can save your progress and continue whenever you want. For more information, see our charity and not for profit - guidance for applicants [pdf, 178.43KB]

2018/19 applications

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2019/20 applications

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Once you have applied, you will get an email with a tracking reference. If you haven't included all the information, the application might take longer.

A panel that meets in March, June, September and December decides who will get discretionary rate relief.

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