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Council Funding

To support voluntary and community organisations operating in Islington the council offers a range of funding opportunities.

Small Grants Programmes

  • The Great Get Together – a one off funding scheme to support initiatives that bring residents together and enable them to enjoy and celebrate what we all share in common.

VCS Partnership Grants Programme: 

The council's VCS Partnership Grants Programme​ provides core funding to local charities and community groups. The Grants Programme is divided into five strands:

  • Delivery Partners Grants Programme

  • Strategic Partners - Borough-wide Grants Programme

  • Strategic Partners - Neighbourhoods Grants Programme

  • Strategic Partners - Volunteering Grants Programme

  • Strategic Partners - Advice Grants Programme

Funding for Sports Clubs:

Islington based sports clubs and community organisations can apply for small-grants to help them provide activities that promote healthy living through participating in sporting activities and small grants to talented athletes that compete on a regional or national level. To find out more click here.

Discretionary Rate Relief:

Discretionary Rate Relief (DRR) is an award for of an additional 20% off business rates for eligible non-profit-making organisations.

Islington Council has awarded Discretionary Rate Relief (DRR) awards to 241 voluntary and community sector organisations. These agreements are, and will continue to be, in place until March 2020.

The cost of the Council’s existing DRR agreements has significantly increased as a result of the revaluation of business rates. The council has committed to fund this increase. However, as a result, it is with regret that the Council’s Voluntary and Community Sector Committee has had to decide to close its DRR programme for new applicants.

Islington-based voluntary and community sector organisations seeking support with their business rates are still entitled to receive mandatory rate relief of 80% off their business rates. For more information and to make an application please see the information on our Business Rates pages or contact our Business Rates Team.

Commissioning and Procurement:  

The council recognises that the voluntary and community sector has a vital role in successful commissioning. Commissioning and procurement is more than just the buying of services; it is about ensuring that we have an understanding of the needs of local people, particularly those who are marginalised. Voluntary organisations help give these people a voice, enabling the council to design services that genuinely help improve the lives of residents.

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