Hackney Giving is seeking applications for its MHCLG Small Grants 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.
They also aim to support small organisations with this funding and distribute at least 10 grants to organisations with a turnover of less than £50,000.
- They want to fund organisations working to support communities during the ongoing pandemic. They know that VCSE organisations are trusted by their communities and can provide important public health messages in a way that people will listen to and understand.
- They 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.)
- A total of £150,000 is available for distribution to not for profit organisations with a turnover of less than £300,000.
- 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.
- To be eligible for a COVID-19 Information and Support Small Grant, your organisation must:
- Work in Hackney and/ or the City of London with Hackney and/or City of London residents
- Have a formal constitution or governing document
- Be constituted to be not-for-profit
- Have at least two people on its Board of Trustees or Management Committee
- Have had a turnover of less than £300,000 in its last financial year
- Not be in overall financial deficit
- Have a bank account, requiring at least two signatories
- Be able to declare that all bank account signatories are unrelated (by blood or marriage) and living at separate addresses
- Your proposal must:
- Be for a project operating in Hackney and/ or the City of London
- Not be for the benefit of a single individual
For more information, visit https://hackneygiving.org.uk/apply/apply-now/covid-19-information-grants/