Funding body information

London Borough of Hounslow Council

London Borough of Hounslow
Civic Centre
Lampton Road
020 8583 2000

Point of contact:

Community Partnership Unit, 020 8583 2450,


Hounslow City Council's voluntary sector funding strategy 2011-2015 includes two changes to council funding:

  • Commissioning of voluntary sector services 2011-2015 replaces our Corporate Revenue Grant
  • Community grants 2011-2012 replaces the Community Investment Fund

Hounslow council provides 3 core funding programmes for voluntary sector groups: Community Grants, Area Committee Grants and Hounslow Innovation Grant.

Community Grants

Community grants 2011-2012 replaces the Community Investment Fund.

This fund aims to provide small-scale annual revenue funding to enable Hounslow based voluntary or community groups to participate more effectively in local development and regeneration.

The deadline for applications is 1 June 2012.

Applications and criteria are available to download from the council's grants page.

Area Committee Grants

Small grants of up to £500 to encourage local community activities within one of the five areas of the borough by providing small grants to encourage and support Hounslow based voluntary groups who are currently not funded by the council. Each ward in the area is allocated approximately £7,000 to distribute to local VCS groups. This could support one-off events and projects, for example, local community and cultural events, or could assist towards start-up costs for new groups.

The deadline for completed applications for round one is 8 June 2012. Please see the council's website for information regarding future rounds.

Hounslow Innovation Grant - Round 3

We believe that the voluntary and community sector plays a vital role in tackling inequalities, contributing to the development of a sustainable local environment, and shaping public services.

We are committed to supporting the development of a strong, independent and sustainable voluntary and community sector and are looking to fund initiatives that provide innovative approaches to transforming services and supporting Hounslow's most vulnerable residents.

The third round of our Innovation Grant scheme seeks to support projects which deliver on one of the following themes:

  • innovation and development
  • inclusion and participation

We would expect all bids to be based on a clear understanding of needs in the community and are looking to fund projects up to £30,000 (or to a maximum of £50,000 for exceptional projects).

Organisations applying for grant of £5,000 or less should complete the small grants application form.

Organisations applying for grants above £5,000 and up to the maximum of £30,000 (or £50,000 for exceptional project) should complete the large grant application form.

The deadline for applications, and all supporting documentation, is 5pm on Friday 14 September 2012. An application pack, including guidance notes and application forms, can be downloaded using the link on this page. If you have any queries about the Innovation Grant please contact Áine Hayes on 020 8583 2453.

Further details on any of these funds can be found at the following link: Hounslow Council grants

Many local authorities are now moving away from grant-making and beginning to use commissioning as a way to distribute funding to the third sector. Local commissioners can be difficult to find and identify, however NAVCA have created a guide that may help: 'Finding your commissioner'

Voluntary Sector Funding Pages:

Voluntary Sector Funding:

This website was very easy to use, with voluntary sector funding information displayed in the 'Voluntary Sector' homepage.

In this section, details are provided on the different types of grants provided to voluntary sector groups from the council, contact details, information on voluntary sector development and strategies, a directory of voluntary and community sector groups, Hounslow's local compact and the voluntary sector compact, and many links to other useful websites and documents.

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