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Corporate grant scheme

One of the ways the council provides financial support to the voluntary and community sector is through the corporate grants scheme.

This scheme is to support Hillingdon's local groups and ensure that a wide range of services are provided locally for residents.  Grants are for core funding and represent an investment in borough resources.  The return on the investment is measured through the extent and quality of all services provided by the grant recipient, their capacity to raise external funds for more services locally and ability to work with the council to help deliver its priorities.  All grant recipients are therefore strategic partners and the council works with them to develop, design and implement services. 

There are currently 37 groups in the portfolio and grants are awarded for one year.  The groups funded cover key service areas that the council wishes to see offered in the borough.  This provides consistency for residents accessing services as well as stability for the recipients of funding. 

The process starts in September with an application round and the final decisions are made at December Cabinet by members.  Funding awarded begins in the new financial year.

The budget is currently fully allocated with a new process starting in September 2017.

Grants awarded in 2017-18 [54kb]

If you are not in receipt of a corporate grant and want to apply, you will need to contact the team for an application pack and it is advised that you discuss your proposals with a grants officer before making an application.

What will be expected if you are awarded corporate funding from the council

  • a simple set of terms and conditions to meet
  • some negotiable aims and targets to achieve during the year
  • an expectation to work with the council and support its priorities
  • a willingness to provide officers with information on progress and achievements of the organisation including visits and written financial and narrative reports

Hillingdon Compact

The Hillingdon Compact provides a framework governing how the council and the sector should work together. While it has not been refreshed recently to reflect new policy directions etc, the council endeavours to adhere to the original principles and expects the same of its funding partners.

Hillingdon Compact - full policy document [109kb]

The compact aims to provide a framework for the relationship between the voluntary and community sector and the London Borough of Hillingdon.

The Local Strategic Partnership (LSP) has fully endorsed and supports the initiative and it is proposed that in future other LSP organisations will fully adopt the principles of the Compact.  It was adopted by Hillingdon's Cabinet at its meeting held on 15 July 2004 and the Cabinet amended the Compact on November 2010.

Other sources of funding for voluntary and community groups

In addition to the funding streams provided by different departments in the council covered in previous pages, there are local trusts and funders you can apply to.  Two key local grant giving trusts:

  1. Hillingdon Community Trust who operate in six wards in the South of the borough
  2. Heathrow Community Fund - open to boroughs surrounding Heathrow

Alternatively, there are a number of regional and national funding agencies, trusts and foundations.  For details of their criteria, deadlines and forthcoming programmes, you can access:

  • Funding Central - a free resource for the voluntary sector maintained by National Council of Voluntary Organisations.  Here you can find a grants database, tools and resources to make perfect pitches to funders, narrow your searches and focus your fundraising efforts.  
  • Government Funding - provide lists of local, regional,  European and national government funding.  Requires a subscription.​
  • Turn to Us - if you are working with people in financial need, this is a free service that helps people in financial need to access welfare benefits, charitable grants and other financial help. ​


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