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Funding and grants

Islington-based voluntary and community organisations can apply for a range of local and national funds and contracts.

Council funding

The Local Initiatives Fund provides small grants for activities and improvements in our neighbourhoods.

The council's 'Community Chest' is managed by the Cripplegate Foundation and awards funding of up to £5,000 to community organisations that work with Islington residents and have an annual turnover of less than £100,000. Priority is given to organisations that have an annual turnover of less than £50,000.

Sport Islington helps sports clubs to promote sporting opportunities to residents. Clubs can apply for up to £1000 (£1500 with Clubmark accreditation), and individual athletes can apply for a grant up to £500.

VCS Partnership Grants Programme

Our current 2016-20 programme awards £2.7 million each year for these areas:

Delivery Partners: Organisations that work directly with residents, providing activities and services that improve outcomes and help make Islington a place where everyone, can enjoy a good quality of life.

Strategic Advice Partners: Organisations that provide high quality general and specialist impartial and independent legal advice and support services, from outreach activities to specialist litigation.

Strategic Borough-wide Partners: Organisations that provide high quality leadership help and increase its the sector’s capacity to be efficient, resilient, sustainable and responsive to the changing needs of our communities.

Strategic Neighbourhood Partners: Organisations Multi-use community hubs that provide leadership at a neighbourhood-level and work in partnership with voluntary and community organisations to develop and coordinate a high-quality offer of services and activities for residents.

Strategic Volunteering Partner: An organisation that provides a borough-wide volunteering brokerage service, encouraging a culture of volunteering and supporting VCS organisations to develop systems for recruiting and managing volunteers effectively.

See a list of all the organisations that have been awarded a VCS Partnership Grant.

Local funding

The Cripplegate Foundation provides grants through its Main Grants and Development Partner Programmes.

Islington Giving provides grants to organisations that tackle isolation, support families and give young people access to opportunities.

Richard Cloudesley’s Charity awards grants to organisations working in Islington with people who are in ill health and/or disabled, and in financial need. They also award individual grants to residents and Church of England churches in Islington.

Islington Funding Toolkit

Together with Voluntary Action Islington we have set up the Islington Funding Toolkit, a fully searchable database of local, regional, national and international funding opportunities for VCS organisations. 

Islington Evidence Hub

The Evidence Hub is a partnership between Islington Council and the local NHS and brings information held across different organisations and teams into one accessible place. It is designed to be used by all people looking for evidence, to help ensure that local decisions are made based upon the needs of the local population.


We actively encourage VCS organisations to apply to deliver council-commissioned services. Current opportunities are listed on our free e-tendering system, the London Tenders Portal.

If your organisation is interested in delivering council commissioned services you can:

  • register on the Portal to receive email alerts when new contracts are published
  • receive opportunities from other councils that use the portal.


Crowdfunding allows individuals or organisations to source funds from anyone via a website or crowdfunding platform. 

Crowdfunding platforms host fundraisers’ pitches and facilitate the transfer of money directly from the funders to the fundraiser. 

If you are interested in setting up a crowdfunding campaign and would like some advice on your options, please contact the VCS Team at

Local Insight

Looking for data to design your services, understand need or develop stronger funding applications, The Voluntary and Community Sector Team are pleased to announce that we have purchased Local Insight. This is a fantastic tool that enables you to investigate and scrutinise public data. Local Insight gives you the latest data and analysis for your communities and services, with up-to-date open data matched to the areas you work in. If you are interested in using this tool, please do email requesting a password.

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