The Cripplegate Foundation has launched Islington Council’s Community Chest Fund, actively seeks to fund projects which reflect the boroughs diversity.
Islington Council’s Community Chest is inclusive of all people regardless of their age, culture, disabilities, ethnic origin, gender, nationality, race, religion, and sexual orientation.
Priority is given to organisations working with people who are experiencing poverty and/or isolation.
- Advice and support
- Improving the local environment and making communities safer
- Reducing isolation and increasing people’s involvement in the community
- Educating people and improving their skills and employability
- Improving people’s mental and physical health
- Funding of up to £5,000 a year is available for voluntary organisations that work with Islington residents who are experiencing poverty and/or isolation.
- To be funded by Islington Council’s Community Chest, your project must do at least one of these things. On the application form, you will be asked to tell us which of these things your project will do, and how.
Islington Council’s Community Chest can fund a wide variety of different types of groups and projects. The following are just examples of the types of groups and projects:
- Parent and toddler groups
- Sports and exercise activities
- Social clubs
- Women’s groups
- Supplementary schools and community education projects
- Black, Asian, Minority
- Ethnic and Refugee (BAMER) community groups
- Tenants and Residents
- Events and festivals Youth clubs
- People with disabilities’ groups and activities
- Publications or exhibitions of work Environmental and gardening projects
- Advice and support services
What can Islington Council’s Community Chest Funding be used for?
Islington Council’s Community Chest can fund:
- Running costs, including rent, venue hire, bills, insurance, stationery etc
- Salary costs, including National Insurance employers contribution
- Materials and equipment
- Islington Council’s Community Chest can only fund computers and IT equipment at modest cost, where it is essential to your project and is kept somewhere where it is accessible to everyone involved in the project.
- Islington Council’s Community Chest funds a wide range of projects that support disadvantaged Islington residents.
- Islington Council’s Community Chest actively seeks to fund projects which reflect the boroughs diversity.
There are some organisations and projects that Islington Council’s Community Chest cannot fund:
- Political activities
- Promotion of religion
- Construction or acquisition of buildings
- General appeals
- Organisations delivering second tier activities
- Trips / outings unless part of a bigger project
- Residential trips
- Expenses that have already been incurred
- Local branches of national or regional organisations
- Statutory organisations (if you are a PTA thinking of applying see FAQs)
- To apply your organisation must have a turnover of less than £100,000.
- Priority is given to organisations with a turnover of less than £50,000.
- Organisations may only apply once a year whether a previous application was successful or not.
- Applications for Islington Council’s Community Chest are considered by a Panel made up of Islington Councillors, Cripplegate Foundation Governors and members of the Islington Community Network.
- They accept applications from unregistered community groups, registered charities, social enterprises, companies limited by guarantee, Community Interest Companies and other not-for-profit organisations.
- Islington Council’s Community Chest is not able to provide funding to organisations seeking funding for second tier activities, statutory organisations, local branches of national or regional organisations, or private companies.