Information for the voluntary sector
We give more than £3 million of grants to ensure local third sector organisations have the support they need to flourish. They provide many of the services local people rely on.
We value the passion and independence of the sector and celebrate the success of a diverse and vibrant local voluntary sector. Most importantly we recognise that the sector plays a critical role in:
- promoting enterprising solutions to social, economic and environmental challenges
- providing self-help, advocacy and a voice for residents and under-represented communities
- campaigning for change
- creating strong, active and connected communities
- transforming the delivery and design of public services.
The Community Investment team
Our long-established community investment team supports the community and voluntary sector in H&F. Find out more.
How to apply for our main grants programme or our Fast Track grants
- are you a voluntary and community sector organisation in H&F?
- are you delivering services to local people?
- are you looking for funding under £10,000?
Coach trip scheme
The coach trip scheme offers a one-off contribution of up to £300 towards the cost of a coach or minibus for local groups to have an outing.
The H&F Hive
The H&F Hive offers a new and creative way for the community to shape the borough through crowdfunded projects. Do you have an idea for changing a community space, or organising a new or exciting activity? Then why not get started today and make your idea come alive!
Organisations which can help you set up and run a charity or voluntary group
Third sector mailing list
Register with Sobus who keep a list of all known borough-based third sector organisations and groups. Once registered with Sobus you will receive a bi-monthly mailing, which includes details of training available and information on community events advertised by the voluntary sector
Sobus contact details:
020 7952 1230
20 Dawes Road, London, SW6 7EN
Premises and space
The Community Space page provides information for organisations seeking both halls for hire and office accommodation.
Council support for external fundraising
We are often asked to endorse funding applications from local groups to other funders. We are generally happy to so so, as long as the bid is a good one. If you would like to ask for our endorsement, please contact us as early as possible.
Sometimes a number of groups apply for the same funding and each seek our endorsement. In these cases, we try to facilitate a discussion about a partnership or consortium application - or at least ensure organisations have the opportunity to discuss the applications to avoid duplication.
Training and development
We fund Sobus which is a new community development agency for Hammersmith & Fulham. Sobus aims to provide training for third sector organisations to help them to develop and thrive. Training subjects include:
- management committee training
- writing successful funding applications
- financial management
- managing change
- recruitment and retention of staff
- managing partnerships
- establishing a new voluntary or community group
Additional support and advice is available from other organisations, for example: Hammersmith & Fulham Volunteer Centre can provide advice and guidance on how to recruit, train and support volunteers (contact www.hfvc.org.uk for further information).
H&F Community Compact
We have signed up to a local compact with the voluntary sector. This explains the principles, standards and promises which guide the relationships between the voluntary and community sector, the public and the business sector.
The compact includes a dispute resolution mechanism. For further details please contact Sobus or the Head of Community Investment.
If you are not happy with the way the compact is working or with how an organisation that has signed up to the compact is performing, you can contact:
Community and Voluntary Sector Network
164/166 King Street
London W6 0QU
020 8748 6345
Fax: 020 8748 8077