Community grants

2021/22 grants programme

Our 2021/22 grants programme is now closed. Thank you to everyone who has applied. For details of this year’s programme, please see our Hackney VCS grants prospectus, which provides information on the types of grants available, the eligibility criteria, and how to apply.

We hope to launch our 2022/23 grants programme in February 2022, subject to approval from the Council’s Cabinet. Please sign up to our mailing list (on this page) for further updates.

Coronavirus funding response

The Council supports the voluntary and community sector (VCS) in Hackney every year through a dedicated grants programme. For 2020/21, most of the grants budget had been committed prior to the Covid-19 crisis. We became a signatory of the London Funders pledge and have worked flexibly with our grantee partners to ensure they can do the best to serve their communities throughout this time. This included allowing grantees to change how the funding is used, extending deadlines and reducing the information we collect at reporting.

As part of a package of support for VCS organisations, funding that hadn’t been committed in 2020/21 was converted to emergency funding, alongside our small reserves, to support organisations working with communities and people directly impacted by the pandemic. You can see who we have funded during the pandemic in the following data:

Previous grants awarded

Using the 360Giving data standard, our awarded grants since March 2020 are available as Excel spreadsheets (listed by year the project started):

This work is licensed under the Open Government License v3.0. This means the data is freely accessible to anyone to be used and shared as they wish. The data must be attributed to the London Borough of Hackney.

GrantNav is a free-to-use platform that brings together grant data published using the 360Giving Standard, making it easy to view and explore. The tool enables users to search and report in detail on who, where and how much is given through thousands of grants from a wide range of UK grantmakers, with further data being added as new publishers share their grants openly.

Hackney CVS training for the voluntary and community sector

Hackney CVS is an independent voluntary organisation, which provides a range of information, advice and support to VCS organisations in Hackney. As well as providing help and guidance on applying for the Hackney VCS grants programme, Hackney CVS runs high quality bespoke training and workshops for the voluntary sector throughout the year.

VCS organisations can also sign up to Hackney CVS’s weekly newsletter to receive updates on training and events, funding opportunities, community news and local politics.

2018/19 grants programme outcomes report

Over the 2018/19 year, we strengthened our commitment to the voluntary and community sector by successfully delivering our ‘A Place for Everyone’ Hackney voluntary and community sector grants programme:

Page updated on: 8 December 2021

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