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MHCLG Small Grants – up to £5000 for community groups

Hackney Giving grants of up to £5,000 are available for voluntary and community sector (VCSE) groups working with people most affected by the coronavirus pandemic in Hackney and/or the City of London.

Hackney Giving are keen to fund small VCSE organisations to provide information and support to communities disproportionately affected by the coronavirus pandemic, this includes communities with specific language needs, older people, people with serious mental illness, people with learning disabilities and Black African, Black Caribbean and South Asian communities.

The fund is for not for profit organisations with a turnover of less than £300,000.

Hackney Giving also aims to support small organisations with this funding and distribute at least 10 grants to organisations with a turnover of less than £50,000. Hackney Giving want to fund projects that do one or more of the following:

  • increase residents’ access to Public Health information about the COVID-19 vaccinations including responding to valid concerns about the vaccines and the vaccination process
  • reduce misinformation about COVID-19 and the vaccines via open and respectful dialogues where concerns and mistrust can be addressed
  • support communities to understand the evolving rules and guidance around lockdown and lockdown easing, social distancing, testing and self-isolation
  • increase residents’ understanding of the practical support available to them, such as benefits and financial support
  • increase residents’ understanding of the mental health and wellbeing support available to them
  • help communities understand the bereavement support services available to them
  • make a positive difference to residents’ health and wellbeing by communicating messages about public health issues other than COVID-19 (e.g. healthy eating, physical activity, stop smoking services etc.)

How to apply

For application guidance click plain text version of the application form that is compatible with screen readers is available on request. Please contact

There are running a series of online how to apply workshops for this funding. The first two are as below, click on the date of your choice to book your place:

Please note: the workshop is optional, it is not a requirement to attend. 

Please send completed applications in .docx format to

Deadline for applications

The deadline for applications is 20 July 2021, 11am


Please direct any questions on grants by email or phone 07983 169961.