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Hackney Giving Coronavirus Response Fund awards grants of £274,000 to local community organisations

In the first round of small grants in March 2020, Hackney Giving distributed funds of £15,000 to five local grassroots organisations to provide food and other basic necessities to Hackney residents in need.

Following fundraising and backing from Hackney Council and the City and Hackney Clinical commissioning group, Hackney Giving approved grants of £33,000 to 12 frontline organisations in the second round of funding in July. Grants were for a maximum of £3,000 per organisation and were awarded to constituted non-profits.

Projects for young people include Activiteens, a wellbeing puppetry programme for young people from the Orthodox Jewish community and Fame Star Youth who will provide tablets and laptops to young people who are struggling to access youth services and support.

A number of organisations will provide food and essentials to residents at home; Carib Eats will deliver one free weekly meal to 50 isolated residents. Carib Eats are working with a range of Hackney residents including the elderly, single parents and people suffering from health conditions such as sickle cell and cancer.

Hackney People First will use the funding to support disabled people with advice and information on Covid-19 and how to stay safe, whilst Read Easy Hackney will continue their literacy support services for adults. For these and many other organisations, Hackney Giving funding allows services to be adapted to the realities of the pandemic - developing online resources, zoom sessions and socially distanced face to face activities to support residents who are feeling isolated or in need as a result of the pandemic.

On receiving news of their successful application, Serena, the Team Leader of Read Easy Hackney emailed:

What a wonderful email this was to receive at the end of the week! I, and the Read Easy Hackney management team, are both thrilled and immensely grateful to hear that the funding application has been successful as it will make the continuation of our Readers’ literacy journey, with the help of their dedicated Reading Coaches, possible. Many thanks.

Response and Recovery grants with City & Hackney CCG

In September we approved grants of £211,395 in partnership with City and Hackney CCG. A range of projects were funded, all supporting local communities disproportionately impacted by Covid-19. They include a project at Choice in Hackney to support disabled people during the ongoing crisis, support from City and Hackney Carers centre for carers feeling more anxious because of the pandemic and support for Somali women's mental health from Coffee Afrik CIC.

Click here to download a pdf of all the organisations funded by Hackney Giving in this period.


Could you help us to fund more essential work?

Hackney Council pledged earlier in the year to match Hackney Giving fundraising up to £30k - since the date of this agreement we have raised almost £10k, leaving £20k still to raise.

With Hackney Council now matching our fundraising pound for pound, it means that each pound that’s donated by a Hackney resident, worker or business is worth twice as much.

With your help more projects will go ahead: donate here. Your support is appreciated.


Food parcels distributed by African Community School - funded in the first round of Hackney Giving small grants