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 being delivered in partnership with Volunteer Centre Hackney and Hackney CVS, aimed at providing support for small, locally based volunteer led projects to help them 'be the change' in their communities.
If successful, 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
Team Hackney is Hackney's local strategic partnership. It is dedicated to improving the quality of life for everyone in the borough by bringing together the key people in the public, private, community and voluntary sectors.
The compact agreement between the Council and voluntary and community sector commits organisations within the partnership to a set of shared principles aimed at getting the best out of partnership working for the benefit 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 which 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 and there is no right or entitlement to an award now or in future years. Organisations must also ensure that they continue to make provision for mandatory rates within their annual budgets, until they receive written confirmation on whether DRR has 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. They're 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 wish. For more information, see our guidance for applicants [pdf, 259.36Kb] .