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Local Initiatives Fund

This fund supports activities and improvements in our neighbourhoods.

Local ward councillors have an annual budget of £14,000 per ward for small grants that deliver benefit to the residents of their ward (subject to the final agreement of the Voluntary and Community Sector Committee).   

They can go towards a variety of locally run activities like:

  • sports clubs
  • local festivals
  • youth activities
  • estate community events
  • environmental improvements
  • education and training classes 
  • pensioner outings and day trips

How to apply

  • Download the application form
    (This form is updated regularly so please ensure that you download this form each time you apply. This form may not work if you try to use it with a newer version of Word and upgrade the file format to a newer version.)
  • Download the guidance notes (read these carefully as they explain the application form structure - these will be updated by early May though there will be very little change to the 2018-19 ones)
  • Download the insurance policy guidance notes

  • Download a map of the 16 wards in Islington (for information only)

We strongly advise you to try to contact your local ward councillor(s) and discuss your project before making an application. We would recommend you email all three councillors of the ward you wish to apply to, rather than just one.

If you have received a Local Initiatives Fund award from us previously and the project has finished, please make sure you have sent in all the required monitoring information before making your application. We won't be able to accept your application until we receive all this information.

If you applied in time for the last application deadline of 2018-19 (on 11 February), final decisions will be communicated to applicants in mid to late April 2019.

2019-20 application deadlines

  • Tuesday 14 May 2019
    (final decisions communicated to applicants in late July 2019)
  • Tuesday 10 September 2019
    (final decisions communicated to applicants in late November 2019)
  • Tuesday 19 November 2019
    (final decisions communicated to applicants in late February 2020)
  • Thursday 6 February 2020
    (final decisions communicated to applicants in mid April 2020)

Please note that if you wish to apply for Holloway ward funding, there are two deadlines per year - Tuesday 14 May and Tuesday 10 Sept 2019.

Please note that the Local Initiatives Fund normally funds projects in advance of them taking place. It is likely that funding will not be fully confirmed until at least nine weeks after the application deadlines listed above. We would recommend that you apply at least three months before your project takes place if you need the funding before delivering your project.

If your organisation submits an application form after any of the dates above, it will be considered in the next round of applications.

Previous grants

Further information

Email: localinitiativesfund@islington.gov.uk

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