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Have you just completed an EIB project or improved your estate somehow?

Let the world know – others may just be inspired.

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Updated Thur 20th May 2010


“Match funding” EIB grants

may be available either within Hackney Homes for some projects or via a grant from an external source.

Grassroots grants from the HCVS – up to £5,000


Groundwork and Arts-Express are two organizations you can use
to help get your project done and may give advice on funding.

Arts-Express may even apply for funding on your behalf if it’s an art or sculpture based project.

As a registered charity they can apply for grants otherwise unobtainable by a TRA.

Details below in the “Project Ideas, Tips & Links” section





as well as lists of various types of funding organizations

to help you find funds to “match fund” your EIB grant or separately fund a project.

The advantage of getting external funding is that you have more control as the funds are in your TRA account.

Of course you still have to get Hackney Homes approval for work to estates but it makes getting your choice of supplier and materials easier and you end up with more control over quality and materials used.



You’ll have to visit the sites listed to check which are most suitable for your needs and your project type – all types are covered.

Not all these will be fruitful but I found 3 granting bodies within minutes that are suitable for an estates landscaping with sculptural elements as it ticks several boxes the funding bodies are looking for in their grant applications – environment, improving the quality of Londoners lives, involving all ages and ethnicity as well as the arts – specifically sculpture and external artworks as illustrated on this page. However, you’ll find grants and funding for absolutely all types of projects in the links below – it’s just a matter of looking.

My first tip is to apply for at least 4 or 5 grants. Keep in mind that most funders prefer not to give you 100% of the money you need, so if you ask for £20k, you might be offerd half or less.

You might also wait anything from 6 to 12 weeks to get an answer and then you might be asked for more info, so my second tip is, when asked how long you expect you project to take double the time limit you originally had in mind – it will take longer than you think and you don’t want to lose the grant due to lack of time.


1. GRANTnet

Announced FEB 2010

Hackney Homes is proud to announce that we have signed up to this free grant finding service. We would encourage all organisations to register and benefit from applying for external funding.  Please follow the link below to obtain further information and register.

GRANTnet, a straightforward FREE-to-use service from GRANTfinder, can help groups and small businesses like yours to find suitable funding

It allows community and voluntary groups, sports and other clubs, schools, social enterprises and small businesses to search across EC and UK sources including Government departments, local authorities, charitable trusts and corporate sponsors.

It is presented in the format of an online, step-by-step questionnaire that provides the enquirer with information on over 4,000 grants and other incentives.

2. Funding Central

I use this one. Once you’ve registered and filled out masses of info you get regular emails notifying you of new grants and deadlines – all tailored to your needs.

A search of over 4,000 funders from the National Council for Voluntary Organisations

(funded by the cabinet office)

• See the new RSS feed from Funding Central in the right hand column


3. Funderfinder

(resources and advice on raising funds & grants)


with links to HUNDREDS of chritable trusts & foundations

4. Grants Expert

(all sorts of grants with tips & advice)

5. London Funders

(or: and click on “E-gateway to London funders” with funding links, how to and noticeboard)


£1,000 food growing grant available

Grant application deadline 21st Feb 2011

The Capital Growth London Wide funding round is now open for new spaces. You can apply for up to £1000 to start a new food growing project or expand an existing one.

Funding is available from January 19th, 2011 to February 21st, 2011 with a total funding pot of £50,000.

Apply at

Criteria and help from Hackney Homes

•    Residents must have a minimum of 5 individuals willing to be part of the Grow Your Own Project.
•    Residents must go through there TRA and have there plans agreed.
•    Once this is done, residents can approach Hackney Homes (Estate Environment Department).
•    The names addresses and contact numbers of individuals whom make up the estates Grow Your Own team must be submitted, along with the name and number of the estates TRA chair.
•    A simple plan illustrating where residents propose to grow the produce along with what is to be grown must be submitted.
•    If Hackney Homes agree the plans an agreement between Hackney Homes and the Grow Your Own members will be signed which outlines that Hackney Homes agrees to land being used for food growing purposes and that the members of the team are responsible for managing the plot.
•    At this stage you are able to apply for funding or use monies that you may have to grow food produce in the agreed area.
•    Hackney Homes can provide support regarding what types of foods are best to be grown and also manual labour such as installing Sleepers etc… Please note that any works carried out by Hackney Homes is chargeable.

Please submit names and plans to:
Customer Liaison Officer

Cherie Joseph
Estate Environment
Tel: 020 8356 1934
Fax: 020 8356 1929



There are lots of food growing projects looking for volunteers as well

Do a search for allotments and growing spaces/clubs near you at:




NOTE from Clapton Panel Sec. The trust say they mainly fund registered charities but not exclusively. I’d check the pre-requisites closely to make sure your project is eligible. If needed you could ask an appropriate local charity if they would act as administrators on your behalf. Then you can apply under the umbrella of that charity.

The J Paul Getty Jnr Charitable Trust was endowed by Sir John Paul Getty, KBE, who died in April 2003 in London, where he had lived since the 1970s. The Trust started distributing funds in 1986, and since then it has awarded nearly £38 million to over 3,000 charities across the United Kingdom.

The Trust’s main aim has always been to fund well managed projects which help to relieve poverty, support disadvantaged people, and effect long-term change where help is not readily available from the public or private purse. The Trust also provides funding for the arts, and towards the conservation of the natural and built environment.

The Trust currently has a capital of around £44 million, and in 2008, it awarded grants amounting to £3.1 million to support its charitable aims.

In accordance with the expressed wishes of Sir Paul, the trustees have now decided to wind down the Trust over a period of between five and ten years. This means that they will be increasing the level of annual spend and will be looking for opportunities to award a number of more substantial grants that will have an enduring impact.


Community Cashback & Payback

NOTE from the Clapton Panel Sec. (Feb 2010) The Community Cashback website says the fund is currently closed for this “term” but gives no indication how long a “term” is or when the fund will be open to take applications again.

Both local councillor Linda Kelly and Hackney Homes officers are trying to find out.

In the meantime, please do think of project ideas that Casback might fund.

As soon as I find out when it’s open it will be posted here.

Community Payback is still current and open for applications.

Community Cashback is a new scheme in England and Wales which gives local people a say in how £4million of recovered criminal assets (for example confiscated cash or property) should be spent in their communities.
You can suggest a project you would like to see happening in your area or if you don’t have a project to suggest, you can have your say on a project suggested by someone else in your community.
As long as the basic criteria are met, there are no real restrictions on the type of projects that can be put forward. For example, you might want to suggest a project to renovate a children’s playground or other area for young people which has become unusable due to criminal damage.

1.    The projects should be related to nuisance, anti-social or criminal behaviour or its impact on the community

2.    Projects could focus on one or several neighbourhoods

3.    Projects should be community focused and make a noticeable difference on the community

4.    Projects must demonstrate value for money, be able to be delivered quickly and their impact should be clearly evaluated

5.    Outcomes must be visible to the community

More information on website

Community Payback is the sister scheme. Offenders supply the labour for your your project – as their community service.

If there’s something you think may improve your neighbourhood, like removing graffiti, litter or clearing an overgrown public area, let your local Probation Service know. They can get the work done by offenders as part of their punishment. It’s a scheme called Community Payback.



Always worth checking


Hackney Voluntary Service Council

The next GrassRoots Grant 2010/11 (£5,000 max) application deadline is 16th July 2010


City Parochial Foundation


City Parochial Foundation


Esmée Fairbairn Foundation


The City Bridge Trust



Wates Foundation

Closed until April 2010, but they recommend checking for updates before then.

The Wates Foundation
Wates House
Station Approach
KT22 7SW
Telephone: 01372 861000
Fax:  01372 861252


Hackney Play Association


The Arts Council –

Will not be accepting new applications to Grants for the arts for a period of six weeks between Monday 18 January 2010 and Friday 26 February 2010. We will accept applications up to 5pm on Friday 15 January 2010. We will then start accepting applications again from Monday 1 March 2010.

From March 1st you will be able to apply online.


The Big Lottery –

(NOTE: the peoplesmillions deadline is 14th May but there are other funds)

Lottery fund finder page:


It’s Your Community Initiative (UK)

O2 have committed £1 million to the “Its Your Community” initiative. Its Your Community, which is managed by the Conservation Foundation, provides grants of £100 to £1,000 to individuals and groups to improve their local environment. The type of projects supported in the past included:
Environmental projects such as turning derelict land into an amenity park or wildlife area, tree planting, creating a wildlife pond, renovating neglected river and canal footpaths, providing water butts and recycling facilities in village halls, etc.

The commitment by O2 means that the initiative will now be able to support up to 60 projects per month. Applications can be made at any time and are judged on the 20th of every month.

Applications can be made at any time.


Genesis Community Small Grants Programme

1. Genesis Community Chest
A small grants programme for local community groups. Grants of between £50 and £2,000 are available for community projects and activities across areas in which Genesis Housing Group operate. This includes Greater London and Essex.

The small grant is currently closed but still worth checking the Genesis site for new info and links etc or calling them for advice:

Need Help? – Advice Surgeries on call
Advice surgeries or one to one sessions (over the phone or face to face) are available if you wish to discuss your project or need to clarify any areas of uncertainty.
To arrange an appointment contact us on 020 8900 4780.


2. Knowles Trust Fund
This fund is on hold indefinitely. Please check this site for an update in August 2009.
Please contact the Grants Officer on 020 8900 4780 for more information or an application pack.

Vitolina Samu
Community Grants & Support Officer
Genesis Community – Registered Charity 1109918

Olympic Office Centre, 8 Fulton Road, Wembley HA9 0TB
(0)20 8900 4780 / 077 7178 7392


St Katharine and Shadwell Trust

They are a Community Foundation, raising funds and awarding grants to run and support a wide range of projects in East London. They have been actively working in Tower Hamlets for 18 years and in 2006 extended our work into Hackney, Newham and the City of London.

Grants available:
Grant for the Hackney area:

The Société Générale UK Group Charitable Trust Fund (SGUK GCT Fund) offers grants of up to £2,000 to social and community enterprises with an annual income of less than £10,000 a year over the last three years and with the ability to generate income other than grants.


Give out £11 million in grants each year.

Age Concern groups and organisations should contact the Grants team for Age Concern-administered grants.


020 8765 7738


The Princes Trust for 18 – 30 year olds

Community Cash Awards

Community Cash Awards are grants to help you set up a project that will benefit your community.

Development Awards

Development Awards are grants to help you get into education, training or employment.


Shell LiveWIRE – for young entrepreneurs

While not providing loans or grants Shell LiveWire runs a monthly award offering a no-strings-attached financial boost of £1,000 to the five entrepreneurs who come up with winning business ideas.

They also run an annual award scheme where entrepreneurs compete for a £10,000 prize and the title of young business person of the year.

the awards application page – you’ll have to join the site (free) and “log on”




East London Community Foundation


Area includes Barking & Dagenham, Enfield, Hackney, Haringey, Havering, Newham, Redbridge, Tower Hamlets and Waltham Forest.

Thiey are particularly interested in seeing applications from and funding smaller voluntary and, community-based and locally controlled groups that manage themselves, encourage active participation from volunteers, and usually have minimal cash reserves and limited access to funding support.



Biffaward is one of the most respected Landfill Communities Fund schemes, and has awarded more than £100 million to worthwhile projects since 1997.

Every year, they support a large number of projects across the UK which enhance communities and biodiversity.

All Hackney is within their eligible area for both small and main grants.

Four levels of funding

1. Main Grants: Community £5,000 to £50,000
For projects that provide and improve community facilities.

2. Main Grants: Biodiversity £5,000 to £50,000
For projects that conserve wildlife species and habitats.

3. Small Grants £250 to £5,000 (currently closed)
For projects that enable communities to improve local amenities and to conserve wildlife.

4. Flagship £150,000 to £500,000
For regionally or nationally significant projects which improve biodiversity or cultural facilities.


Below is a list of Councils for Voluntary Services (CVS)

and other bodies

which offer information and advice to voluntary and community sector organisations.

You’ll find links on the sites below to grants if they don’t fund directly. I haven’t had time to check them out yet but will do as soon as possible.

Advice UK
Black and Ethnic Minority Community Care Forum
Black Neighbourhood Renewal and Regeneration Network –
Black Training and Enterprise Group –
British Association of Settlements and Social Action –
Charities Evaluation Services –
Community Accountancy Self Help –
Confederation of Indian Organisations UK –
Consortium of Bengali Organisations –
Council of Ethnic Minority Voluntary Sector Organisations –
Development Trusts Association –
Directory of Social Change –
Ethical Property Foundation –
Evelyn Oldfield Unit –
Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens –
Interlink Foundation –
London Advice Services Alliance –
London Play –
London Voluntary Sector Training Consortium –
London Voluntary Service Council –
Media Trust –
Migrant and Refugee Communities Forum –
Refugee Council –
Women’s Resource Centre –


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END of the grants section


The EIB explained

Every estate has a yearly budget based on the number of homes and which is under the control of residents. It is £25.25/residence/year. So if your estate has 100 flats the EIB will be about £2,750/year. For estates to be able to use these funds there must be a TRA (Tenants & Residents Association) or recognized spokesperson who, with help from a Resident Participation Officer is able to consult residents.

no tra-no problem

If you’re estate doesn’t have a TRA

but you have an idea for a project on your estate and would like help getting it started

or advice on where to access extra funding,

contact us here by phoning

07530 926 023

or leave a comment below or send us an email and we’ll get back to you


How the EIB Works – 2011

If your TRA has a project or projects  for the 2011/12 EIB financial year, don’t wait to inform your estate manager and David Mulligan. This year they hope to get things moving early on if possible.

from Hackney Homes

The Environmental Improvement Budget (EIB) is a fund available to Tenant and Resident Associations who hold Enhanced TRA Meetings.

Note from the panel Sec. If you don’t have a TRA, don’t worry, we can either 1. “affiliate” your estate with one close by that does or 2. possibly enroll you as estate rep or 3. we will do our best to get it done through the Panel. End

The EIB allocation available to each TRA is based upon the number of properties in the TRA’s catchment area.

As noted above, the figure is worked out by the number of properties multiplied by the sum x £25.25.

The EIB can be used to pursue a wide variety of projects.

The two main criteria required of EIB proposals are:

1) the item must serve to improve the communal area, and
2) Hackney Homes have the requisite in-house capacity to carry out the request.

TRAs are encouraged to decide on EIB submissions as soon as possible in the year, ideally at the first round of Enhanced TRA Meeting (i.e. May-July). If the TRA do not submit any project proposals by the second cycle meeting, their unspent EIB allocation will be transferred to the 184 budget to allow other communal works to be carried out in the neighbourhood.

Note from The secretary:
“In-house capacity”  (see 2 above) simply means in-house resources are present to assess and progress individual applications and to provide accompanying support.

If you have a specific structure or supplier in mind for your project, ask for it – you may well be able to get exactly what you want – but hurry, because the deadline is the end of July for introducing new specialist suppliers!

In most circumstances Hackney Homes do have the “in-house capacity” to supply you the project you want from the supplier/contractor you want (including using new suppliers, contractors or indeed artists and sculptors) or the bit of kit you want.

Suppliers are also commonly referred to as being on the “approved list” althought there is no such list. New suppliers must show that they have met certain financial requirements (have a bank acct, have paid tax etc) and the specific job appropriate requirements (Public safety, H&S, child protection etc, dependant on the specific job) and any maintenance issues. All just the standard stuff every company should have or can easily obtain. Of course, if you want to employ a relative or a firm you have a financial interest in you’re going to be out of luck, but that hardly needs saying.

Your local Councillors are keen to see local firms getting the work, especially when it means greater value for money and/or higher quality work.

If you want something paid for from your EIB that current suppliers can’t offer, you may well be able get it from your preferred new supplier, especially if you are “match-funding” your EIB with an external grant.
It is much easier than you may have been led to believe!

The “Grass Roof Company” have recently been employed at the request of the Beecholme & Casimir TRA to do planting and grounds work at the Beecholme Estate in Clapton for example, having met the financial and statutary procurement requirements.

They have done a lot of work on private estates, public squares and schools and their work speaks for itself, also winning several awards.

A local sculptor is also being commissioned by the TRA to produce a curved bench with associated mini-landscaping.

Download the official explanation

from Hackney Homes Procurement (as a pdf):

EIBprocessnote (24.06.10)

END note from Sec.

Types of works requested under the EIB:

The below information is intended to provide an indication of the type of works that TRAs can request through their EIB allocation. This is not an exhaustive list.

Planned Maintenance;
works such as painting, minor structural works and repairs, fencing, paving, tarmacing, tiling, and flooring.

Sign Services; the supply and fitting of noticeboards (wall-mounted or free-standing) and signs that can be tailored to specific functions (e.g. “No Dog Fouling””Ball Games” etc.).

Grounds Maintenance
; works such as the planting of flowers, shrubs and trees, the pruning of trees, and the fitting of planters.

Specialist Works; in particular works associated with playgrounds: the installation of play equipment, the laying of safe-surfacing or tarmac, and upgrade works to gates and fencing of playgrounds.

Electrical Work; works such as internal and external lighting, and the installation of wall-pack lighting.

EIB Catalogue from Hackney Homes

2010-11 EIB Item Catalogue REVISED VERSION (Feb 2011)

(1.8mb pdf)

Guidance Notes:

I. The period for submissions is 1st May – 30th September 2010; any
submissions from the 30th September will be refused.

II. The financial year covers the period 1 April – 31 March of the following

III. During  ETRA meetings the TRA needs to:
a) Discuss proposals for projects funded through the EIB.
b) Confirm their choice with the Estate Manager.

IV. The Estate Manager will then note project requests on the ETRA Enquiry
Form and submit this to Hackney Homes. Hackney Homes will then
progress the works:
a) The project is logged on a central database for record-keeping
b) The project is then submitted to the relevant service area for

V. The costing will be checked against the TRA’s available money allocation

VI. Upon receipt of estimates, if it is within the TRA’s budget limit, we will
proceed as set out below:
a) A Job Ticket is raised by Property Services.
b) The Estate Manager is provided with details of the Job Ticket.
c) The work is carried out.
d) The central database is updated and the Estate Manager informed
of the status of EIB works in advance of the next ETRA meeting.

If the quotes are above the TRA’s budget limit we will contact the TRA to
advise of the need for alternative requests to be provided at their next
(second) ETRA meeting.

VII. As a first point of contact, any enquiries should be directed to your Estate
Manager. Updates will be provided to the Estate Manager as a matter of
course on the progress of EIB submissions.

For further queries

VIII. For further queries David Mulligan (Resident Services) and Johanna Evans
(Property Services) can be contacted for updates:

David Mulligan
Resident Participation Support Officer
Resident Services
Tel: 020 8356 4369

Johanna Evans
Resident Liaison Officer
Planned Maintenance
Tel: 020 8356 3960

Generic Email address

IX. Should a TRA be unhappy about how their EIB request has been handled
the issue can be escalated by contacting Clive Taber or Martin Weaver.

Clive Taber
Neighbourhood Contracts Manager
Resident Services
Tel: 020 8356 2058

Martin Weaver
Head of Planned Maintenance
Tel: 020 8356 1658

X. If the TRA remains dissatisfied they can write to Jim Paterson, Interim
Divisional Head of Building Maintenance.

Jim Paterson
Interim Divisional Head of Building Maintenance
Florfield Depot
6-15 Florfield Road
London, E8 1DT

The structure for escalation of an issue is:


Who can you get to do the work?

Well, normally grounds work would go to Hackney Homes grounds dept. and other works to the usual contractors. However, that does not mean you have to use them.

What is needed is that a company is on Hackney’s “books” so to speak, so that work orders can be issued. Fortunately, John Newton (Head of procurement) is very helpful getting new local firms and even sole traders and artists onto the books. There are pre-requisites like public liability insurance but most companies and artists who work in the public arena have this already.

The Beecholme TRA have a current grounds project funded by a combination of EIB and an external grant and wanted the Grass Roof Company to do the work. John Newton made sure the proper proceducres were followed, offering help all along the way and now the Grass Roof Company are “on the books” so that any TRA can request them and work orders can be issued.

The same can be done for any preferred supplier within reason and without too much bother,

Just a couple of pre-requisites and a couple of simple forms.

Well worth the effort to get exactly what you want.



New green roofs from the Green Roof Co.

We have mixed the iconic industrial design and portability of a used shipping container and encased it with all we have learned about green roofs and habitat walls.

We can adapt these boxes into anything from secure storage, bike shelters, outdoor classrooms, green stages and soon to come home office/garden room.  All delivered to site complete with planted green roof

We have mixed the iconic industrial design and portability of a used shipping container and encased it with all we have learned about green roofs and habitat walls.

We can adapt these boxes into anything from secure storage, bike shelters, outdoor classrooms, green stages and soon to come home office/garden room.  All delivered to site complete with planted green roof

Get a pdf with the above and a lot more photos:

Green Roof Shelters Ltd_Containers

• • •

RHS header

Gardening for all

Top tips to think about when designing a garden

* Firstly, think of the Big Idea. What is the overall idea for your garden? Is it to celebrate a sense of national identity and diversity, the Olympic and Paralympic values or something else?
* Secondly, decide what the purpose of the garden should be. How should the garden be used? A space for relaxation, child play or a place to excite the senses?
* Thirdly, what is the style of your garden? Do you draw your references from pop culture or traditional garden designers? Is there a colour theme you would like to draw on?
* Fourthly, what plants and features do you want to include? How will you use the garden to showcase British plants? Do you want to include a water feature or commemorative tree in your design idea? Could you use recycled materials for your features?

Garden advice search – Guides to everything garden

the search page for advice:


Why not start an art based project to improve your visual environment?

Groundwork London Logo header 1


Groundwork can supply expertise and is one of the organisations used by community groups across the country for a variety of project types.

Hackney Office:
6 Lower Clapton Road

T: 020 89851755
F: 020 85105400


arts express

arts express - sundial1

arts expess - gate


Here are some examples of community & public sculpture

– for inspiration –




Bin artwork & signage

details below on “Cactus” design image



click on the above images to see them full size


Estate map box 1165x1180mm CASIMIR rd 100dpi



Remember, EIB projects can be anything ranging from signage to repairing a railing or putting in a new one to getting a bike shelter to installing a sculpture or other work of art. Landscaping and grounds maintenance and planting is another popular EIB project.

You can find these & other examples for projects at:

which has examples of projects already completed.

These include:

  • artwork on the big galvanized estate bins
  • new gate and estate signage
  • painted Gerda gates
  • new curved roof bike shelter in impact resistant plastic (PET)

For more public sculpture examples you can go directly to just the sculpture stream of 42 examples at:

BIN ART for your estate

You can produce your own designs and artwork for Sign Services to print and apply but if you want help please don’t hesitate to contact me.

I’d be happy to produce similar artwork for your estate, to your design or ideas as I did for the Beecholme TRA.

David White –

Bench, sculpted by Tim Norris

see a slide show of the bench installation as well as the history, funding, concept sketches and visuals from the sculptor at


Sculptures by Beatrice Hoffman

Beatrice Hoffman sculptures x 2

There are some great sculptures dotted around the country
by Beatrice Hoffman

Her home page:
This link is to her large sculpture page:


tim norris, sculptor

Tim specialises in large-scale Sculptural Furniture.

His work draws its inspiration
from the surrounding landscape and where possible uses
indigenous natural materials, in combination with recycled or engineered parts.

Tim has a range of experience in both exhibiting and constructing commissioned work in the landscape.

A proven track record of Commissions and Residencies, Including, Artist in Residence at The Irwell Sculpture Trail, The Grizedale Forest, and The National Cycle Network.

Rather than produce solely Furniture or Sculpture he creates inspirational environments
for the public to relax, chat and enjoy.


Tim did the Stamford Hill project as well – see photos further above

Check out his work with the Lorrimore TRA
in the photo frame top of the “Odds & Ends” page


Tim has produced numerous public works, has public liability insurance and is used to working with arts and community groups. He’s also a member of the Royal Society of British Sculptors (RBS) so there won’t be any issues of VFM (value for money) from Hackney Homes or other funders as the Society has strict guidlines on fees.




a well known local Sculptor, artist and blacksmith

Bex was tied up at the RHS Hampton Court flower Show but should be available right now.

This is a recent quote from Bex:

“Is there a fenced area that has or needs a gate? I love making them and £3,000 can commission a pretty fantastic looking gate.” I’m sure Bex will be happy to create somthing to your brief – to fit in with your estate.

VFM shouldn’t be a problem as Bex will probably manage to work to your budget.

Anyway, the cost of a plain iron railing gate the size of the one larger gates illustrated below would be around the same.

bex simon sculptor blacksmith

CONTACT BEX SIMON : 07789 773867
A Horse Workshops, Unit 8, 38-40 Upper Clapton Road, London E5 8BQ
M: 07789 773867
F: 020 8806 7353

bex simon fence<<>>

It may be difficult to say the least to use your EIB to directly commission a sculptor or blacksmith, however you may well be able to through an organization like Arts-Express. Alternately, use an external grant so that the funds are in your TRAs direct control, then you can commission who you like.



Lift lobby sign

Available for your estate

(Use your EIB or your own TRA funds)

If you want one (or both) of these signs for your estate you should simply request/confirm that Hackney Homes Sign Serviceswill supply your sign & ask for

David White’s “lift lobby sign no 1 – generic” design


“lift lobby sign no 2 – generic” design.

Below: “lift lobby sign no 1 – generic”

lift lobby sign no 1 - generic

Below: “lift lobby sign no 2 – generic”

lift lobby sign no 2 - generic

The above pics are just screen grabs of the finished Photoshop artwork but if you click on them, they will come up about a third bigger.

Also available on my Flickr stream in the “sculpture for EIB” set at:

The artwork is designed for 40cm x 27 cm signs but can easily be re-sized at Sign Services to any size you want.

If you want something different, by all means email me at

David White (Sec.)


Remember, if you’re estate doesn’t have a TRA

but you have an idea for a project on your estate and would like help getting it started

or advice on where to access extra funding,

contact us here by phoning

07530 926 023

or leave a comment below

or send us an email and we’ll get back to you


new email address for EIB enquiries:



Design & Arch Integrity

“Our Visual Environment” project guide

A guide for matching new structures and repairs to the existing buildings.

Includes the Gold Standard.



Youtube link:




There has historically been a huge underspend of the EI budget
so it is constantly being reviewed.

The new “How the EIB works – 2010” directly above resulted from the issues identified here by Tom Hunt in 2008 and then Clive Tabour and Gary Pentacost in 2009.

Below is a presentation given over a year ago by Tom Hunt,
the senior Hackney Homes officer responsible for the EIB at the time:

EIB 2008/9 presentation page 1

EIB 2008/9 presentation page 1

EIB presentation page 2

EIB presentation page 2

EIB presentation page 3

EIB presentation page 3

EIB presentation page 4

EIB presentation page 4


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