For the second year running, Islington Giving, London’s flagship place-based giving scheme, has awarded over £1m to organisations supporting local residents.
In 2017, a total of 20 grants (amounting to £1,028,406) were awarded to 13 organisations that help young people, families, isolated people, and support more volunteering. The awards include contributing to the core costs of organisations and building links with businesses. Islington Giving continued to manage 25 grants awarded in previous years worth £1,220,455.
Islington Giving Director, Kristina Glenn says: “Our work takes us to the heart of the community. Having our finger on the pulse and underpinning what we think we know with hard evidence through research, we are confident that the grants we make, on behalf of the residents and businesses that support us, will make a huge difference to residents’ lives. We thank everybody for getting behind the borough and making it a better place to live.”
Islington Giving was set up as a three year campaign in 2010 and now has a permanent role in Islington, learning from and with organisations to shape its approach to funding effective local projects. Around £5.5m has been raised to date to fund 60 organisations, reaching 20,000 Islington residents and energising the support of 5,000 volunteers.
2018 will be another busy year for Islington Giving. In February, it will announce the first projects funded in response to the findings of its 2017 consultation ‘A life not a service’.
It found that 'formal services’ are not always what families want and that 'normal opportunities' such as going out, socialising and engage in activities just as other families do is sometimes more important. These grants will help Islington families build their social networks.
The work of Islington Giving is made possible thanks to the hundreds of local people who offer their support each year. If you are new to Islington Giving, and would like to discuss making a donation to enable them to reach more local people get in touch.
Islington Giving has inspired 23 other London boroughs to establish their own ‘Giving’ initiatives. Click here to find out more about the ‘London’s Giving’ movement.