£190,000 funding boost from Hackney Council for local voluntary and community organisations added to London Community Response

Local voluntary and community organisations will be able to apply for grants of up to £20,000 to help them continue to support their communities, as part of a funding boost from Hackney Council. 

Hackney Council is allocating up to £190,000 to wave three of the London Community Response (LCR), as part of the Council’s £370,000 coronavirus support package for local charities and organisations, who have played a critical role in supporting the frontline response to the pandemic. 

This new funding allocation is aimed at supporting organisations who are working to address issues such as food poverty and providing advice on financial hardships like debt, employment and welfare advice. It will help these groups to deliver, collaborate and work in partnership to help meet the complexity of residents’ needs. 

This funding boost follows grants of up to £5,000 awarded to 11 local VCS organisations last month, as part of wave 2 of the LCR. 

Hackney Council was the first local authority to align with the LCRF, which was set up by funding network London Funders to support the voluntary and community sector’s response to the coronavirus across the capital. By aligning funding with the LCR, the Council also is ensuring that local organisations have a higher chance of being supported by other funders in London. 

Applications are welcomed from all organisations working in Hackney, however organisations with an annual income under £1m will be prioritised. For more information visit our website.

Cllr Caroline Selman, Cabinet Member for Community Safety, Policy, and the Voluntary Sector said: 

"We continue to be inspired by the incredible work of our local voluntary and community organisations who have been working tirelessly throughout the crisis to support the most vulnerable in our communities.  These organisations have shown remarkable resilience, adapting rapidly to meet the needs of their communities. However, we recognise the significant financial challenges facing the sector, which is why we have committed to supporting these incredible organisations throughout the pandemic, whilst also ensuring that sustainable measures are in place to support them in the long-term.  We look forward to continuing our work with London Funders to support the brilliant, local organisations and groups who have given a lifeline to our communities during this crisis."

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