FAQs

Where do you work?

Our area of benefit is the eight wards in the north of the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham: College Park and Old Oak; Wormholt and White CityShepherds Bush Green; Askew; Ravenscourt Park; Hammersmith Broadway; Addison; Avonmore and Brook Green.  

Your application should be for work taking place in or near this area and must benefit residents from the area. If the project works with people from a wider area then we may fund the proportion of it which benefits our residents. Your organisation does not necessarily need to be based in the area, but we need to have confidence that you will be able to reach our residents.  

What do you fund?

Your project can be one-off or ongoing, but we’re most interested in the difference you will make to local people. It should support one of our priority areas: 

  • Meeting basic needs (food, shelter, advice etc) 
  • Work with families and children (supporting parents, education, play, transition points, vulnerable children) 
  • Countering isolation (in any group and for any reason)
  • Building confident individuals and communities)
  • Covid-19 response and recovery (additional staffing, connectivity, mental health and community resilience).  

We are particularly keen to fund smaller, local organisations with a very strong connection to their beneficiaries and a good knowledge of the local area.  

We’re happy to contribute to funding for your core costs if you can demonstrate the benefit to local people. 

What don’t you fund? 

Anything which: 

  • Promotes religion or a specific political cause  
  • Only helps people who do not live in the AOB  
  • Is primarily for the benefit of animals or the environment rather than for people  
  • Benefits people who are not experiencing need of some kind  
How much do you give? 

There is no minimum amount. The median amount is around £7,500 and we never give more than £20,000. We are happy to be part of a consortium of funders.  

How long do you fund for?

We do not make grants for longer than a year to start with, but we will fund again for another year or two. We are unlikely to fund for longer than three years.  

What do you expect from us?

We like to visit where we can both before we make a grant and while the grant is being put to use. If we make a grant of over £7,000, we will expect one or more interim reports. In every case, we will expect a final report telling us how the project went, what difference you think you made and how you spent the money.  

When do you make grants?

We make grants in October, January and May. View our current deadline here. 

Can I apply?

We are open to applications from a wide range of organisationsas long as they are not for profit. We will also consider applications from schools for work which is not part of the normal curriculum and where the school can show that children experiencing some kind of disadvantage will benefit.  

You do not need to be a registered charity but you do need to be a constituted organisation (for example, a community interest company), some kind of management committee and an organisation bank account requiring at least two independent signatures.  


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Hammersmith United Charities Response to Coronavirus (COVID-19)

In line with Government advice, Hammersmith United Charities has invoked our Business Continuity Plan and implemented a new operating model focussed on keeping the residents of our Almshouses, our team, contractors and partners safe and well during the Coronavirus pandemic. (more…)

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The almshouse movement

So much more than affordable housing

With the average house price in Hammersmith at more than 25 times the salary of a nurse, it is no surprise that many workers are reaching retirement without the safety net of their own property. That’s why almshouses like ours, providing older people an affordable home in the community where they belong, are as vital now as when the movement began hundreds of years ago.

By Victoria Hill, Chief Executive – Hammersmith United Charities

 

The coronavirus has seen an outpouring of appreciation for key workers who leave the safety of their home to work keeping their community safe, fed and well. In the frightening early days of the first lockdown, we stood in the street and clapped for healthcare workers, carers, shop assistants, cleaners and more – all the people who put themselves at risk for the sake of others.

The contribution of key workers is rarely highly valued in monetary terms and these are often the very people who struggle to find an affordable home near their families and vital services as they grow older and become more in need of care themselves.

The average house price in Hammersmith is more than 25 times the salary of a nurse, and so it is no surprise that increasing numbers of workers are reaching retirement without their own property to fall back on. And with the average rental cost of a one-bedroom flat at two and a half times the state pension, it is easy to see how so many older people are also priced out of the private rental market.

With one in four older people in our area now living in poverty, the mission of almshouses like ours is as relevant as it was 400 years ago when Hammersmith United Charities was founded.

The almshouse movement has been around for hundreds of years but the Almshouse Association and the Charity Commission have only recently created a formal definition of what it means to be an almshouse. It describes exactly what we do here at Hammersmith United Charities.

Our charity was founded in 1618 with a gift of £100 to provide housing for the relief of the ‘elderly poor’ of Hammersmith. This gift has been added to and grown by generations of trustees and we now have an endowment and 92 flats on two sites just off the Goldhawk Road. These properties are highly protected and cannot be sold or used for any other purpose. Our residents must be over 60, have lived in Hammersmith for at least five years, be of limited means and in need of sheltered accommodation.

In human terms, our status as an almshouse means that the Charity can provide housing to the people who have often contributed most to our community but feel valued least. We believe that no one should be denied the opportunity to live in a decent home simply because they were never given the opportunity to climb the property ladder. The cost of our flats is regulated by statute to ensure that anyone can live here without causing hardship.

For us, almshouse living is about much more than just affordable housing. We know from research by the What Works Centre for Wellbeing that where we live and our relationships also have a significant impact on our wellbeing. For Hammersmith United Charities, what defines us is our ability to provide a home where people feel safe, in the place where they belong, surrounded by a community who values them for life, not just for lockdown.

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Over 60 and looking for a new home in Hammersmith? We provide beautiful, welcoming sheltered housing with award-winning communal gardens. Flats available now from £870 per month.

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H&F WINTER COVID APPEAL

UNITED in Hammersmith & Fulham has launched the H&F Winter Covid Appeal in partnership with Hammersmith & Fulham Council

As the UK struggles with rising rates of the virus and a second lockdown commences, many still need our help – including those going through mental health crises, suffering from loneliness and isolation, and at-risk children in need of educational support.

UNITED in Hammersmith & Fulham has launched the H&F Winter Covid Appeal in partnership with Hammersmith & Fulham Council to enable local individuals, businesses and foundations across the borough to support those most in need of assistance.

100% of funds raised will be donated to groups working with people who face risk because of coronavirus in Hammersmith & Fulham this winter.

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The UK’s only radio station for the Somali community, Nomad Radio broadcasts here in Hammersmith and Fulham. Community-led and bilingual, it’s just received a grant by Hammersmith United Charities to keep it on the airwaves through the coronavirus crisis.

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