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Local Initiatives Fund

You can apply to the Local Initiatives Fund (LIF) to deliver benefits to Islington residents. Find out how to apply.

Local ward councillors have an annual budget of £13,000 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

Application deadlines

We strongly advise you to contact councillors for each ward before applying.

  • Tuesday 9 May 2023 - Final decisions communicated to applicants in late July 2023.
  • Monday 11 September 2023 - Final decisions communicated to applicants in early December 2023
  • Tuesday 23 January 2024 - Final decisions communicated to applicants in mid April 2024. 

Caledonian, Finsbury Park, Hillrise and Tufnell Park have reached the end of their annual ward budgets and will not be open for new applications in the final round (application deadline: Tuesday 23 January 2024). The other 13 wards will still be considering applications in the final round.

Please note that the LIF normally funds projects in advance of them taking place. It is likely that funding will not be fully confirmed until around three months after the application deadlines. We 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.

If you have received a Local Initiatives Fund award since June 2023 and that project has finished, make sure you have sent all the required monitoring information before making your application. We won't be able to accept your application until we receive all of this information. 

Guidance and application form

Follow the guidance by clicking 'Apply now'.

Apply now 

Previous grants

Please email if you would like information on previous grants. Alternatively, please see the Democracy website for the decisions made by the Voluntary and Community Sector Committee who formally agree all LIF grants.

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