The Disability Fund

Islington Giving’s Disability Fund supports organisations’ capacity to be inclusive so people living with disabilities can take full advantage of what is on offer in Islington.

Islington Giving is launching a new fund to support organisations capacity to be inclusive so people living with disabilities can access the range of arts, culture, sport and other offers in Islington and services are more reflective of Islington’s diverse communities.

The Disability Fund will provide small grants up to £3,000 to enable organisations to identify, resource and remove barriers to people living with disabilities from taking full advantage of what is on offer in Islington. The Disability Fund will make funds available to:

1. Support an individual or group of individuals living with a disability to engage with a service, opportunity or activity. This could for example pay for a support worker or volunteer expenses to provide 1:1 support for an individual with epilepsy who needs close supervision / dedicated support whilst participating in a service;

2. Organisations who identify ways their service can develop to be more inclusive, for example for staff training, recruiting disability advisors or to review/adapt the organisation’s communications so people with disabilities are visually represented, indicating that their services are open to all.

The Disability Fund offers grants of up to £3,000 to improve your organisation's capacity to be more inclusive so people living with disabilities can take full advantage of what is on offer in Islington.

For this fund, people living with disabilities can be interpreted as anyone living with a physical disability, learning disability and / or mental ill-health.

Only organisations who have received funding in the last 18 months from Islington Giving, Cripplegate Foundation or Islington Council’s Community Chest will be eligible to apply for funds. As these groups are well known to programme team staff and due diligence has already been carried out risk is minimised, and staff can respond quickly to requests as they arise.

There is no deadline, and all applications will be considered and notified of a decision within 21 days of receipt.

How has the Disability Fund been used so far?

Talk for Health – £3,000 – 6 month pilot of one-to-one support for resident livings with mental and/or physical disabilities, who want to join Talk for Health but feel anxious about doing so.

Stuart Low Trust – £2,500 – To produce Wellbeing resources, mindfulness videos, virtual walks and practical tips on coping with loneliness and social isolation during Covid19 which are accessible to those with visual & hearing impairments.

Single Homeless Project –  £3,000 -Technology and internet access for people living with disabilities to take part in services.

Kurdish association for New Generations/Abroad (Kanga) – £250 – For staff training around identifying and supporting Special Educational Needs.

Any questions? Please get in touch!

If you would like to discuss the Disability Fund further please contact our Programme team at Islington Giving on 020 7288 6942 or via email grants@cripplegate.org.uk