Helping people thrive

A New Fund to Tackle Poverty in Tower Hamlets

November 2018

This week EECF launched a new Fund, in partnership with Tower Hamlets Council, to identify and support new and innovative ways of tackling poverty across the borough.

Tackling poverty is a Mayoral priority and the Council already does much to improve things for local residents, but recognised more needed to be done. In October 2018, Mayor John Biggs announced the allocation of £200,000 for tackling poverty innovation grants, to fund new projects delivered by community and voluntary groups.

We are delighted to manage this fund for Tower Hamlets Council. This is a valuable opportunity for us to support organisations that are “thinking outside the box” for ideas and new activities to tackle poverty in their communities. What makes the Fund even more interesting is that it can support projects of all sizes. Through the Fund micro grants of up to £500 are available, as well as large grants of up to £20,000 to test pioneering ideas and approaches. We’re also happy to hear from local residents who, with the support of a local organisation, can apply for a micro grant to trial new activities in their community.

The Tackling Poverty Fund directly responds to concerns we raised though our own research, Vital Signs. With 1 in 4 children and 1 in 2 elders living in poverty across the borough, the Tackling Poverty Fund is a welcomed resource to uncover new ways to make a difference for local people.

If you have an innovative project, no matter how simple, that can address poverty in Tower Hamlets by transforming the lives of residents for the better; get in touch with us to find out more about how to apply.