Islington Giving and the Big Lottery Fund join together to further investment in Islington

_N7C8020aIn exciting news for the borough, the Big Lottery Fund has committed £450,000 to support Islington Giving for three years, increasing investment into Islington. As the innovator of the ‘Giving’ model, Islington Giving has inspired the creation of 16 other ‘Givings’ across London, encouraging funders, businesses, residents and voluntary organisations to work together to tackle issues in their areas.

Since 2010, Islington Giving has raised £4.7million, with £2million awarded in grants to over 60 organisations investing in young people, supporting families and reaching out to isolated people, and the remaining £2.7million to be spent within the same objectives over the next three years. Kristina Glenn, Director of Islington Giving, said “this is a great opportunity for Islington Giving to work with the Big Lottery Fund to develop our innovative model of local giving. We’re looking forward to a productive relationship with the Big Lottery Fund.”

Lyn Cole, England Grantmaking Director of the Big Lottery Fund, said “Joining Islington Giving enables us to test a new approach to giving that embodies our strategic framework principles; focusing on putting local people in the lead, building upon the strengths people and organisations bring via their skills, assets and energy to support themselves and their communities. This also enables us to simplify our grant funding processes through alignment with other grant funders.”

Islington Giving is an independent group of funders, businesses, residents and voluntary organisations working together to tackle poverty and inequality in Islington.

We want Islington to be a place where everyone – regardless of circumstance – has the opportunity to live a fulfilled life.

We work by shining a light on the issues of poverty and inequality and harnessing resources to address them. We focus on: investing in young people, supporting families, and reaching isolated people.

You can find out more about the issues facing Islington residents throughout the Islington Giving website, or, to get involved, click here.