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Make it Happen – small grants with big community impact

The Make It Happen fund is a collaboration between Islington Giving and Housing Associations Peabody; Hyde; Southern Housing Group; and Newlon, supported by Help On Your Doorstep, Voluntary Action Islington and Octopus Community Network.

The funding programme, launched in 2021, offers grants of up to £500 to support local ideas that benefit the community across Islington. Grants are given to residents whose project ideas help contribute towards happier, healthier and more connected communities, providing residents with opportunities to come together to build a greater sense of belonging.

Make it Happen literally saved our flower beds! Without the water trucks and hoses, the hottest and driest summer on record would have resulted in many of the plants and bushes dying. (Myddleton Square Gardening Group)

Make It Happen grants have brought into life many inspiring ideas in Islington, such as women’s dance classes, football sessions, activities for refugees new to Islington, communnal gardening projects, Queen’s Jubilee celebrations, neighbourhood dog shows and street parties, just to mention a few.