Year 1 of Small Grant Scheme awards £102,004 to 21 projects

21 December 2020
By Amy Zamarripa Solis

We are thrilled to announce the first round of successful Small Grant Scheme projects from the new Westfield East Bank Creative Futures Fund, delivered by Foundation for Future London.

From art kits for people living in hostels and emergency accommodation to vertical food farming in city centre unused spaces, we are awarding £102,004 to 21 projects that will make a difference to local people’s lives.

The Small Grant Scheme aims to fund projects in the following areas:

  • Arts and cultural opportunities to build skills
  • Covid-19 response
  • Employment and learning opportunities
  • Innovation and entrepreneurship

All projects will run in Hackney, Newham Tower Hamlets and Waltham Forest, with approximately 6,769 local people to benefit from activities.

Alyson Hodkinson, General Manager, Westfield Stratford City says:

“Westfield Stratford City is proud to be the Founding Partner and Official Sponsor for the Creative Futures Fund. We are delighted to be supporting local talent, providing access to new career opportunities and important training for people with bold ideas within our communities. Westfield Stratford City sits at the heart of the East London, and we welcome many creative and entrepreneurial visitors through our doors every day. The Small Grants Scheme will bring these great ideas to fruition as our community continues to become a key destination in the capital.”

Maria Adebowale-Schwarte, CEO, Foundation for Future London says:

“These 21 projects are part of the Foundation’s commitment to invest in kickstarting jobs, skills and economies of East London that support diverse businesses, communities and local people dealing with Covid-19. We are thrilled to announce these first awards from the Westfield East Bank Creative Futures Fund supported by Westfield Stratford City and their crucial investment. We congratulate all of the successful recipients.”

Full List of Grantees for Small Grant Scheme

  1. Accumulate, Accumulate Art Kits for the Homeless — Tower Hamlets, Hackney, Waltham Forest
  2. ARTBASH & be, My Safe Space — Waltham Forest
  3. Bread & Roses Ldn Limited, Bread & Roses — Hackney
  4. D-Lab Studios, A3-Architecture Apprenticeship Accelerator program — Newham
  5. E17 Puppet Project, Connected Arts — Waltham Forest, Newham, Hackney
  6. East India Over 50’s Consortium, The Wild Women Collective — Tower Hamlets, Hackney
  7. Film Skool Deluxe, Film Skool Deluxe Newham — Newham, Tower Hamlets
  8. First Sukpaiboon, A Potential for Vertical Farming — Hackney, Waltham Forest
  9. George Green’s School, Your Creative Future! — Tower Hamlets
  10. Intermission Youth, Tunmarsh School PRU Drama Workshop Programme — Newham
  11. Lexi Zelda Stevens, Helping Artist Make Work, EAST —Tower Hamlets, Hackney, Newham, Waltham Forest
  12. Margot Przymierska, The Aberfeldy Apprentice — Tower Hamlets
  13. MISGAV, Work of Art — Hackney
  14. Newham All Star Sports Academy (NASSA), Hearing Girls’ Voices — Newham
  15. NEWway Project, Newday — Newham
  16. Pinny Grylls, HEAR MY VOICE — Hackney, Newham, Tower Hamlets
  17. Rhyan Holder, ENGAGE — Hackney, Waltham Forest, Tower Hamlets
  18. Signature Pictures Academy, Community Impact – Filmmaking – Waltham Forest , Hackney
  19. Streets of Growth, Bethnal Green Creative Arts Hub — Tower Hamlets, Newham, Waltham Forest
  20. Trashion Factory CIC, T-Shirts for Better Futures — Waltham Forest
  21. Young Urban Arts Foundation, Next Steps — Tower Hamlets, Hackney

The Small Grant Scheme aims to support projects in arts, culture, innovation or creative placemaking that:

  • Grow new ideas
  • Encourage business start-ups and new community projects
  • Develop new business ideas
  • Develop existing projects and businesses
  • Help people gain a qualification, skill or training that leads to improved possibilities
  • Improve health and wellbeing, community sustainability
  • Reflect and/or showcase community heritage, culture and diversity
  • Counteract impacts of COVID-19 and support resilience

Year 1 of the fund opened to applications on 19 August 2020 until 28 September 2020. The Small Grant Scheme is open to individuals, community groups, and small organisations and businesses.

Westfield East Bank Creative Futures Fund is an ambitious five-year programme that aims to invest £10 million in to local communities of Newham, Tower Hamlets, Hackney and Waltham Forest. This flagship project will provide new jobs, learning, training and educational programmes through the means of arts, culture, innovation, public realm and creative placemaking. The programme aims to transform and catalyse the lives and careers of people in East London by putting funding, resources and support straight into local people’s hands. The fund is supported by Westfield Stratford City and administered by Foundation for Future London.

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