Funding body information

London Borough of Islington Council

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To support voluntary and community organisations operating in Islington the council offers a range of funding opportunities.

Small Grants Programmes:

Islington Council’s Community Chest programme supports local organisations with an income of less than £100,000 with a small one-off grant.

Islington Council’s Local Initiatives Fund supports small initiatives and projects delivered in specific wards in the borough.

The Community Festivals Fund - run by the council's Arts Service - supports the delivery of cultural festivals or events that bring communities together to promote equality, community cohesion and making an area a better place to live.

VCS Partnership Grants Programme:

The council's VCS Partnership Grants Programme​ provides core funding to local charities and community groups. The Grants Programme is divided into five strands:

Delivery Partners Grants Programme

Strategic Partners - Borough-wide Grants Programme

Strategic Partners - Neighbourhoods Grants Programme

Strategic Partners - Volunteering Grants Programme

Strategic Partners - Advice Grants Programme

Funding for Sports Clubs:

Islington based sports clubs and community organisations can apply for small-grants to help them provide activities that promote healthy living through participating in sporting activities and small grants to talented athletes that compete on a regional or national level. To find out more click here.

Discretionary Rate Relief:

All registered charities based in Islington can receive mandatory rate relief which covers 80% of their business rates. The council also can provide financial discretionary rate relief for locally focussed voluntary and community sector organisations to either cover the remaining 20% or all of their rates if they don’t qualify for mandatory rate relief. For more information click here.

Commissioning and Procurement:

The council recognises that the voluntary and community sector has a vital role in successful commissioning. Commissioning and procurement is more than just the buying of services; it is about ensuring that we have an understanding of the needs of local people, particularly those who are marginalised. Voluntary organisations help give these people a voice, enabling the council to design services that genuinely help improve the lives of residents.

Voluntary Sector Funding Pages:

Contact details of local voluntary organisations:

Details of local Compact:

Useful organisations:

Islington Voluntary Action Council:

Islington Link:

This website was fairly easy to use; information on the main grant scheme available was clearly sign-posted to on the Cripplegate Foundation's website.

Other general information on subjects such as the local area agreement and sustainable communities strategy can be found under the following path:

Community and Living - Islington Strategic Partnership

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