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Young Hackney online programme

7th April 2020
The Council’s service for children and young people has launched a virtual youth hub in response to the Coronavirus pandemic, in time for the Easter Holidays. As of Monday 6 April the Council’s youth provision, Young Hackney will be delivering an online programme which will include interactive sessions for residents aged between six to 19 years-old and up to 25 for young people with additional needs.  In response to government guidelines all youth hubs and adventure playgrounds in the borough were closed for the safety of children, young people and members of staff in March. The online hub will include a variety of virtual activities from sports and games to cooking and arts and crafts.  Young people will also have the opportunity to access confidential advice and support, as well as 1-2-1 drop in sessions with substance misuse and health and well-being teams. Provision for targeted groups including young carers and their parents will also remain available online and over the phone. The service is regularly used by thousands of young people across the borough who access activities and support at the hubs. The online hub can be accessed via For regular updates about Young Hackney and the resources available to support young people at home, parents and carers can subscribe to their weekly newsletter here:

Coronavirus: Hackney Carnival parade will sadly not go ahead as Council focuses on pandemic response

6th April 2020
  This year’s Hackney Carnival parade will sadly not go ahead as the Council and emergency services focus resources over the coming months on responding to the coronavirus pandemic. The parade, which was planned for September 2020, will be replaced by a digital cultural programme led by the grassroots carnival groups and organisations who regularly partake who will still receive planned funding. Proposals are already being shaped and details and timings will soon be announced.  The decision was taken so that the Council, emergency services and other public bodies could focus resources over the next few months on delivering vital services to those who need them most – rather than on the significant planning, production and rehearsal that goes into each year’s parade. Last year’s Hackney Carnival attracted over 80,000 people making it the largest event of the borough’s cultural calendar. The months leading up to Hackney Carnival are critical to the operational planning, making and rehearsing that makes the event a year on year success.All partners have agreed that continuing this work would place carnival groups at risk at a time where community safety and health comes first. The decision is not related to any public health restrictions that could be in place in September.For more information on the Council’s Cultural Development Team’s response to the coronavirus pandemic and their ongoing support to Hackney’s arts and cultural institutions, venues and organisations, visit the latest information about how the Council is working hard to slow the spread of coronavirus and to sign up for email updates, visit  Notes for editors Like the Hackney Carnival Facebook Page to keep up to date with announcements.Images of Carnival 2019 are available to view on the Hackney Council Flickr account.
Message from the Mayor of Hackney: How we're supporting our cultural sector
Hackney's renowned artistic community are facing a time of uncertainty as they navigate the impact the coronavirus pandemic has on the future of their events and businesses. The Mayor has addressed the borough's arts and cultural organisations in a letter of practical advice and support.  Funding packages for arts organisations  Arts Council England (ACE) have announced £160 million of emergency funds available to organisations and individuals. They have also changed the funding requirements for individuals and organisations who currently receive ACE funding. Below is the criteria to qualify for support:  Non-Profit Organisations and Music Hubs  Organisations with a track record in publicly-funded culture can apply for up to £35,000 Individuals with a track of publicly-funded culture can apply for up to £2,500 There will be two rounds of funding.  The first will open on 9 April and the deadline will be Thursday 16 April. Applicants will need to register with the ACE online grants application portal Grantium by 13 April to apply for this round. The second will open on 16 April and the deadline will be 30 April. Applicants will need to register with Grantium by 27 April to make an application for this round.  Further details of this support can be found at and Support for Organisations from Government and other Sources is also available online. This guidance is continually updating as they receive further information from HM Treasury and DCMS. London Funders have announced an emergency support fund for community and voluntary organisations. Details here.  Disability Arts Online has allocated £8,000 to a new commissions pot which disabled artists can apply to. You can be working in any art form and the deadline is 6 April. Apply here.  UK’s LGBTQIA festival Homotopia is offering seed commissions of up to £1k for creative ideas which connect people and bring hope. Their deadline is 8 April. Apply here.  Further resources which we will continue to keep you up to date with:  The Film and TV Charity and BFI have announced a major support fund for film workers, with a £1 million contribution from Netflix. They are also able to offer grants of up to £500 to cover urgent and immediate needs as well as offering legal, emotional or business support advice. You can find out more on their website.  BECTU has published up-to-date advice for workers in the screen industries, especially freelancers here. The Arts Marketing Association has put together additional support and a list of resources here. Support for your online activity and events  We’ve been impressed by how agile our community has been under the strain of a lockdown and have noticed how many have embraced technology to keep our borough connected to the arts. To support these incentives, we have created an online form for arts groups to submit their virtual events and activity so we can promote their work through our many social media channels. If you are an arts or cultural organisation you can submit your activity here for us to promote on one of our following social media platforms: Discover Young Hackney (@dyHackney) Facebook, Twitter & Instagram  Love Hackney @LoveHackney (Facebook, Twitter & Instagram Hackney Black History (@HackneyBlackHistory) Facebook page Hackney Pride @HPride365 Facebook page & Twitter Hackney Carnival (@HackneyCarnival) Facebook page  Dalston Children’s Festival (@DalstonChildren) Facebook page The Cultural Development Team is holding online discussions with its networks over the next few weeks, including Discover Young Hackney, Hackney Carnival, Dalston Children's Network, Windrush Programme, Hackney Pride Network and Hackney Central Cultural Stakeholder Forum. The Discover Young Hackney online network event will take place on Friday, 24 April, facilitated by Voluntary Arts England, and will be for organisations working with young people aged between 13-19.  It will serve as a pilot for this new way of working. To suggest any other ways we can support you, email the Culture Team at Government support for businesses The Government has announced measures to support businesses and the self-employed. These can be found on our Hackney Business Network website. This includes a package of measures to support businesses including: A Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme Deferring VAT and Self-Assessment payments A Self-employment Income Support Scheme A statutory Sick Pay relief package for small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) A 12-month business rates holiday for all retail, hospitality, leisure and nursery businesses in England Small business grant funding of £10,000 for all business in receipt of small business rate relief or rural rate relief Grant funding of £25,000 for retail, hospitality and leisure businesses with property with a rateable value between £15,000 and £51,000 Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme offering loans up to £5 million for SMEs through the British Business Bank A new lending facility from the Bank of England to help support liquidity among larger firms, helping them bridge coronavirus disruption to their cash flows through loans the HMRC Time To Pay Scheme If you are an employee visit for the official: COVID-19: guidance for employees Support for Community and Voluntary Sector (CVS) We are working closely with the local voluntary and community sector and alongside Hackney CVS who will be sharing information and guidance through their websites, social media and e-news. See:  The Council is absolutely committed to supporting our community and voluntary services and we’ll do everything we can to work with them as we meet the ongoing challenges. We have taken immediate measures to support this sector by doing the following:  A three-month rent-free period for quarter 1 of 2020-21 Applying business rate reliefs announced by the Government for eligible businesses Administering the Coronavirus small business grant scheme, with grants of up to £10,000 for eligible businesses, and the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant of up to £25,000 for eligible businesses Hackney Business Network  Over the last few weeks, we’ve seen the real value in our Hackney Business Network. We have seen 100s of businesses sign up to our weekly business network newsletter which you can sign up for here and have many new followers on our website and Twitter account. These channels have provided invaluable information to our businesses across the borough as well as giving them an opportunity to tell us directly how the coronavirus is impacting them. Many arts and culture organisations are already signed up and we hope to see more in the coming weeks as we begin to tailor additional information specific to the arts.  Coronavirus business grants As part of the coronavirus financial support package announced by the government, Hackney Council will be administering grants to the following businesses: Businesses classed within retail, leisure and hospitality sectors (including pubs) with a rateable value of over £15,000 and up to £51,000 will be eligible for a £25,000 grant in 2020/21 in addition to their relief from business rates.  Businesses who receive small business rates relief will be eligible for a £10,000 grant in 2020/21 on top of their existing relief.  For further details on eligibility criteria and FAQ's please visit this page. For more information on the Council's response to Coronavirus visit our website.
6th April 2020
Coronavirus: £3million in business grants paid as online claim form launches
An online system for local businesses to apply for grants of up to £25,000 to support them during the Coronavirus pandemic has launched – with around 350 companies already receiving payments. Hackney Council is managing the payment of grants from the Government’s Coronavirus Small Business Grant Fund and the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund, in addition to business rate relief. More than £3million has already been paid to companies whose bank details are held by the Council, but the majority of businesses must submit their details online so their claim can be processed. The grants are part of the Council’s £100million support package for the borough’s businesses, which also includes rent deferrals for its commercial tenants, the suspension of fees and charges and immediate payment terms for suppliers. The Council’s Hackney Business Network continues to issue weekly email updates to members, as well as online and social media updates of support as it is announced. Answers to frequently asked questions about the grant schemes are also available.Businesses classed as within retail, leisure and hospitality sectors (including pubs) with a rateable value of over £15,000 and under £51,000 will be eligible to receive a £25,000 grant in 2020/21 in addition to their relief from business rates. Businesses classed as within retail, leisure and hospitality sectors (including pubs) with a rateable value up to and including £15,000 will be eligible to receive a £10,000 grant in 2020/21 in addition to their relief from business rates.Businesses who receive small business rates relief will be eligible to receive a £10,000 grant in 2020/21 on top of their existing relief.The Council will continue to press ministers on behalf of businesses who are not eligible for these grants or existing business rate relief.For the latest information about how the Council is working hard to slow the spread of coronavirus, and to sign up for email updates, visit
3rd April 2020