Small Do-Good Grants

The Herne Hill Forum understand that whilst their projects aim to have a positive effect on the local neighbourhood, there are other groups and individuals who are well-placed to do good in the community but may not have the means to do so. The Small Grants scheme was set up in 2020 to enable these people to access funds of up to £500 to deliver projects in SE24.

What we did

The Small grant scheme was very popular with many applications made and grants awarded. Anyone was able to apply via the simple online form, as long as their project was of direct benefit to local people. The grants were not huge but it’s incredible how far a small amount of cash can go in empowering neighbours and helping people.

Here are some of the projects that were awarded a small grant:

  • A photography exhibition in the station tunnel entitled “Heart of Herne Hill” with photos by Julia Hawkins of local traders, residents and visitors to Station Square after the first coronavirus lockdown was lifted.

  • A little on-street library and planters for the newly-formed Groves Residents’ Association.

  • A contribution towards the 198 Gallery mural commemorating the 40th anniversary of the Brixton Uprisings.

  • Maintenance and improvements to the Oborne Close community garden.

  • Much-needed office chairs for the Brixton Advice Centre on Railton Road.

  • A contribution towards the renovation of the Ruskin park paddling pool.

  • Gardening equipment for Milkwood Rd Community Garden.

  • Help with running costs of the Esports Youth Club that offers free gaming sessions for young people in Station Hall.

  • A collaborative art project at Rosendale School to highlight the importance of clean air for children.

  • Purchase of a portable PA kit for the Junior Open Mic group, to enable young people to electrify their music practise at home prior to taking part in a live session.

The committee decided to close the small grant scheme in 2022 as part of an internal financial assessment.

The PA kit has allowed new starters to explore performing at the next level – but in the privacy of their home.
This has been particularly beneficial during the lockdown.

Andy Gray, Junior Open Mic


  • Date of completion2022
  • BudgetUp to £500 per grant
  • Funding SourceHerne Hill Forum existing funds
  • ParticipantsAnyone serving the Herne Hill area
  • Project TeamGeorge Hornby, Jasia Warren