Community grants

Standard terms and conditions of grant

The council formally approves project grants to Voluntary and Community Sector organisations by way of a grant offer letter. grant offer letters set out various essential provisions and requirements relating to projects including details of the outputs and outcomes being targeted and the scheduled draw-down of the awarded grant.

Project grants are awarded subject to satisfactory performance and as such, significant under performance could result in the awarded grant being reduced or withdrawn.

Organisations are advised that in addition to the clauses set out within their grant offer letter, grants are also subject to the councils standard terms and conditions of grant which are available to be downloaded via the following link: standard terms and conditions of grant.

It is essential that funded organisations are fully aware of and understand the council’s standard terms and conditions of grant.

Emergency Grant Funding

The council has grant funding support available to local Voluntary and Community Sector Organisations, based in Tower Hamlets, who are experiencing an unforeseen emergency which is placing either the organisation or a London Borough of Tower Hamlets funded project at risk.

Organisations are able to apply for a one-off Emergency Funding Grant of up to £20,000.

As part of the application requirements organisations will need to provide the following:

  • reasons behind the need for emergency funding,
  • details of actions that have already been taken to address the issue and why they have been insufficient,
  • details of any planned actions in addition to the request to the council; and,
  • detailed information relating to the organisations financial position

Requests for Emergency Funding support will be assessed to establish the extent to which applications meet the scheme’s criteria which include demonstrating that the organisation provides a service that is of strategic importance to the borough; and, that it has already taken/or is in the process of implementing reasonable measures to address their ‘emergency’ situation.

To apply for Emergency funding please complete and return the application form. View the criteria for Emergency Funding and FAQs. There is no submission deadline. Applications will be considered on a rolling-programme basis.

Completed applications should be returned to third.sector@towerhamlets.gov.uk  Receipt of your application will be acknowledged and we will keep you updated on its progress. You will be contacted if any further information is required.

Community funding

The UK government, the European Union and numerous charitable trusts provide funding for a wide range of charities and community groups. Many of these schemes are available to organisations in Tower Hamlets. Eligibility for individual types of funding depends on the nature of your organisation and the activities you are engaged in.

Tower Hamlets online community funding database enables you to search for schemes and funds available in Tower Hamlets that match your organisation's profile.