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Hackney Giving Coronavirus Response Fund awards grants of £51,000 to local community organisations

In the latest round of funding, Hackney Giving approved grants of £36,000 to 13 frontline community organisations. Grants were for a maximum of £3,000 per organisation and were awarded to constituted non-profit VCSE organisations. This is the second round or Coronavirus small grants - in the previous round £15,000 was granted.

The successful organisations will use the funding to support Hackney residents who have been affected by the pandemic.

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 struggling to access remote schooling.

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.

The complete list of successful organisations were:

  • Activiteens    
  • Bridge the Gap - Families in Need 
  • Carib Eats
  • Coffee Afrik CIC    
  • Fame Star Youth
  • Hackney Chinese Community Services
  • Hackney People First    
  • Kanlungan Filipino Consortium    
  • London Saz School    
  • Outdoor People Ltd.
  • Read Easy Hackney    
  • Up 'N Away    
  • Woodberry Down Aid


Could you help us to support the following 5 organisations?

In addition to the above groups, applications from the following organisations were approved - totalling £14,840. However, to make grants to these organisations, Hackney Giving needs to raise a further £7,420 from local residents and businesses which in turn will allow us to draw down match funding of £7,420 from Hackney Council.

Ability North London: to support disabled adolescents and young adults between ages 15-27. Young people are all from low income families and contend with moderate to severe disabilities including downs syndrome and autism.

African Community School: to provide activities to support vulnerable African and Caribbean and any other ethnicity young people and their families on low incomes and in isolation to access remote learning online and by telephone to meet needs around social connection, remote support and advocacy and guidance to Hackney families in immediate need at this time 

Chesed Hospital Transport: to support elderly, sick and disabled residents, those going into hospital as an inpatient, for a day case treatment, visiting outpatients including chemotherapy and / or radiotherapy and going in for testing or returning home after their appointment or stay in hospital 

Ezras Hakohol Trust:  to pay for basic provisions for families in need. The money will be used to support families whose vulnerability and/or financial challenges have been exacerbated by the impacts of Covid-19. Many of them are already on low income and have seen their income reduce still further, while costs increase because their children have been home 24/7

Gahu Dramatic Arts: cultural activities and AFrican Storytelling with young people who are experiencing increased anxiety from lockdown and the trauma of daily reports of death and their personal experience of bereavement.

What is match funding?

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, 5 more projects will go ahead: donate here. Your support is appreciated.

See more information on the first round of grants.


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