Make it Happen Fund

The Make It Happen fund is a small grants scheme for Islington residents that offers funding up to £500 for people to act on things they care about locally.

What is the Make it Happen fund?

Do you have a project idea that could benefit the community? The Make It Happen fund is a small grants scheme for Islington residents that offers funding up to a maximum of £500 for people to act on things they care about locally. The purpose of the fund is to bring people together and do something that makes them feel proud of where they live. 

Social housing landlords Peabody, Hyde, Clarion and Southern Housing Group alongside Islington Giving and other local voluntary organisations in Islington decided to work together with communities to build individual and community resilience and support innovation. 

Who can apply? 

Projects must align with one of the following aims:

  • Healthy – helping people with their physical and mental wellbeing 
  • Happy – helping people make the most out of their lives through active citizenship, volunteering and community involvement 
  • Connected – bringing people together making them the heart of the community   

The fund is to support activities and events that support local people by bringing joy or making a difference to the community. Projects could bring a new idea to life, help residents to put on a community event or support ongoing work of local groups. Examples include cultural cooking sessions, a community arts festival, parent and family support groups, mental health support initiatives, a community book club, a community art installation, health and wellbeing initiatives, and festive celebrations.

Dipped in Creativity Engagement, Make it Happen grantee

Applying to this fund 

We know that people can find grants hard to apply for or don’t know who to ask for help. Sometimes our processes can be a bit complicated or slow. The Make It Happen resident’s fund aims to help overcome these challenges. We hope this form is straightforward but please let us know if you need any help.

Please read the Application Guidelines before you apply. If you have any questions before you apply, you don’t have internet access, or would like to discuss your idea before making an application, then please contact Islington Giving on 020 7288 6948 or email sarah.page@islingtongiving.org.uk

We can also put you in touch with organisations who can help you spend the funds or advise on how to make your idea a success.  If you’re not sure if this fund is right for you or you’d like advice on completing the application, do get in touch. 

Please submit your application by 10am on 21 October 2024 to Sarah Page: sarah.page@islingtongiving.org.uk.



Make Do Play, Make it Happen grantee. Image credit: Steve Bainbridge

Help us spread the word!

We have a range of promotional materials to help you spread the word about the Make it Happen fund and inspire your community to take action! You can access these assets including an A3 poster, A5 flyer and social media assets, in the Google Drive link or using the links below.