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Islington Council's Community Chest

Funding for Community Chest is provided through a partnership between Islington Council and Cripplegate Foundation which administers the fund.

Islington's grassroots voluntary and community sector is flourshing. The people involved in these projects really are at the heart of what makes Islington such a wonderful place to live.

Kaya Comer-Schwartz | Islington Councillor | Junction Ward

For a bit of a history of the Community Chest, and to read more about the views of the local community members and Councillors who comprise the panel, click the link below. 

Islington Council's Community Chest: A Celebration


There are three Islington Council’s Community Chest application rounds each year. 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 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.


There are comprehensive guidelines for applicants to Islington Council’s Community Chest, and a budget form applicants will need to complete.

Download Guidance for Applicants

Download Budget Form

Cripplegate Foundation can offer help and support with your application, as can Voluntary Action Islington.


The deadlines for applications in 2018/19 are:

  • Round 1: 12 noon on Tuesday 8th May 2018 | NOW CLOSED
  • Round 2: 12 noon on Monday 24th September 2018 | NOW CLOSED
  • Round 3: 12 noon on Monday 21st January 2019


The next deadline for submitting an application to Islington Council’s Community Chest is 12pm, 21 January 2019.  We have moved to a new online grants management system and you can access the new application form using the link below: 

Online Application Form

If you are experiencing problems with this form, and would like to start work on your application over the festive break, you can download the application form below: 

Download Application Form

Please read the guidelines (under 'Guidance', above) carefully before applying and ensure you submit your application, along with the required supporting documents, by 12pm, 21 January 2019. 

If you would like to discuss you application or project idea with the team before applying then please email or telephone 020 7288 6948 from 3 January 2019.


  • 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

Funded Organisations

Islington Council's Community Chest funds over 60 organisations each year, across three funding rounds. You can read more about these organisations using the link below. 

You can also read the latest Community Chest Annual Review here