Since 2019, Haringey Giving has been a lifeline to the borough, raising and distributing over £900,000 in funding and in-kind resources to 136 local grass roots community projects, supporting tens of thousands of people across our vibrant and diverse communities. We are an agile, responsive and accessible funder and the go-to mechanism for people and corporates to give locally in Haringey.

Our potted history

Haringey Giving is a new initiative, set up in 2019 following 3 years of extensive consultation with local residents, community groups, private and public sector organisations including Haringey Council, NHS, Police and funders. With our initial funding, we put in place a robust legal framework and recruited our inaugural Board, including local residents, representatives from small businesses, large corporates and Haringey Council.

In 2020 we carried out test-and-learn pilots for our first light-touch, accessible grants programmes for communities, supported by our first donors and corporate partners. These included:

  • Changing Lives - micro grants up to £500 to enable individuals to take a step or overcome a challenge in their lives. Six Haringey organisations successfully applied to be a part of the pilot phase, which was funded by Linklaters. The fund is designed to be flexible, led by the individual and used to help overcome challenges they face.
  • Together We Can - grants up to £5,000 to support individuals to come together and take action on the things that matter to them within their community. Funding from the LHC Community Benefit Fund enabled us to pilot the programme, which supported two local grass-roots community projects.

Our vital role supporting Haringey's communities during the pandemic

Haringey Giving played a vital role for vulnerable people and communities across Haringey during the COVID-19 pandemic, supporting communities, raising and distributing over three quarters of a million pounds of funds and resources. We provided food, essentials, supplies and wellbeing support for many, many thousands of people, releasing funds within a matter of days or even hours.

Thanks to support of Haringey residents, local organisations, small local businesses, large corporates and funders we were able to respond quickly to emergency situation of the Covid 19 pandemic. Acting in close co-ordination with local agencies and communities, we set up the Together We Can COVID-19 Appeal, adapting our main grants programme to support the community response. In addition to the incredible support of our many individual donors, we also channelled £150,000 of funds from the National Lottery  Community Fund and well over £400,000 of funding and in-kind support from large corporates. Read more

Using the money we raised and secured, we awarded grants to organisations and volunteer groups who alleviated the social and mental health impact of the pandemic and the lockdown. This included employability, educational attainment as well as food and essential supply distribution to vulnerable people. 

During the pandemic, we worked swiftly and collaboratively with our partners and supporters to help address digital inequalities through our Digital Divide Fund, a joint initiative with Raspberry Pi, Bloomfield Trust and Haringey Council. Thanks to the huge response and the generosity of our donors, we had the means to target this specific problem raising over £390,000 including in kind donations, supporting over 1,000 children and young people. Read more

In November 2020, in response to the Marcus Rashford campaign, launched an urgent Child Food Emergency Appeal to address the issue of child food poverty during the pandemic. Thanks to our individual and corporate supporters, we quickly released over £26,000 through our Together We Can fund to help provide free meals for children during school holidays. Read more

In March 2022 we responded to the urgent need faced by the Afghan refugees recently arriving in Haringey. We launched a local Afghan Refugee Crisis Appeal in partnership with Haringey Council, which in total raised £17,392. With the money received we have funded vital targeted support for Afghan families who are settling in Haringey. This included support around language tuition, mental health and wellbeing, and micro-grants to help purchase some basic supplies. Read more

Growing our giving community and increasing our local impact

As we have emerged from the immediate pandemic, Haringey Giving is scaling up our reach and activities, building capacity and focusing on our priorities.

We have refreshed our governance and policy framework to support further good practice and enable our effective growth and development for the benefit of people and communities in Haringey. We have secured additional investment to support our growth from City Bridge Foundation and are growing our team to include a full-time Development Manager, a part-time Communications Officer and a part-time Head of Grants.

Haringey Giving is a proactive member of the London's Giving network. We are leading the Giving’s Together partnership, working with communities and partners in four London boroughs to develop and participatory approaches that enable access to grant funding for all. The 3-year project is funded by the Cornerstone Fund, which aims to bring about systemic change, enabling civil society support organisations to work in partnership with others to achieve the goal of a thriving civil society. The other giving schemes involved in this exciting initiative include Harrow Giving, Kensington & Chelsea Foundation and Merton GivingRead more

Our second wave of Changing Lives fund community delivery partners, who will be scaling up the impact of these micro grants during 2024, enabling many more people in Haringey to take a step and overcome challenges. Read more

Our fourth round of Together We Can grants will be made in January 2024 will enable thousands more to come together and improve their lives by taking action on the things that matter to them. Read more

In early 2024, we aim to pilot our new Skilled Corporate Employee Volunteering project, building the skills and capacity of community and voluntary sector organisations across Haringey. This exciting initiative, which will be delivered in partnership with Volunteer Centre Haringey and large corporates including Linklaters LLP, will increase the resilience and sustainability of local not-for-profit organisations and the essential support they for people in our borough.

Together with our supporters, partners and funders, we are building a strong, connected Haringey, full of opportunity and potential

Can you play your part?

If you would like to be part of our growing individual and corporate giving community, you can find out more about how to get involved using the links below.

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