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Council grants

The Community Partnerships Unit offers grants to residents groups, VCSE sector organisations and community projects which help us to achieve the aims of the council's Thriving Communities Strategy (2019-2023). 
Details of past council grants allocations are available here  

The Thriving Communities Fund (suspended)

The Community Partnerships Unit launched the Thriving Communities Fund in January 2020 as a new way for residents and community and voluntary organisations to apply for funding from the Council. However, the challenges created by the coronavirus pandemic and the constraints imposed by the lockdown make it necessary to review the timetable for the first round of the Fund.

The decision has been made to suspend the formal allocation process for the Thriving Communities Fund for 2020/21, and to review how to direct the available funding to where it is most needed, including providing support for the borough’s response and recovery from the coronavirus pandemic.

Support Available

Our two Thriving Community Fund Officers are available to provide more information about the Thriving Communities Fund and how we will be redirecting the available funding.

Learn about funding opportunities during the coronavirus pandemic

1. The London Community Response Fund

The London Community Response Fund is now open for applications. This fund is all about supporting VCS organisations providing food and other essentials to vulnerable Londoners during the coronavirus pandemic.
There are two funding programmes that are now taking applications

  • Crisis response – grants of up to £10,000 to enable you to meet the immediate needs of communities, from food and essentials, to equipment and additional short-term staff costs.
  • Delivering differently – grants of between £10,000 and £50,000 to enable you to change the way you deliver your work to ensure it continues to meet the needs of your communities, from switching to digital channels to redeploying staff to boost your capacity at a time of increased demand.

Submit an application here
sign up to the e-bulletin for ongoing information about this fund.

2. Supporting creative businesses at risk

The coronavirus has had a devastating effect on London’s culture, creative industries and night-time businesses with countless cancellations and closures.
These businesses will play a central role in accelerating our recovery from the coronavirus pandemic but they need support now to ensure they can restart in the future.
Hundreds of these businesses are not eligible for Government funding packages and unable to access loans and so the Mayor London has launched a targeted emergency fund to help some of the most at-risk small businesses.
The £2.3m Culture at Risk Business Support Fund is designed to help grassroots music and LGBTQ+ venues, creative workspaces and independent cinemas.

More information

3.  Database of other funding sources

In this time of increased pressure on the charitable sector there is a whole range of new funding sources being made available during the coronavirus pandemic.
Find out about all of the new funding sources


Whenever new funding opportunities are available, the information will be shared through our Evolve electronic newsletter.

If you would like to sign up to the free Evolve newsletter, please contact the Community Partnerships Unit

Email the Community Partnerships Unit
Telephone: 020 8583 2450

The Hounslow Voluntary Sector Support Service can provide you with advice on sources of funding and support for your organisation, service or project.  They can also advise you on writing your application.  For more information or to make an appointment contact them by email or call 020 3096 4250

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