Capacity Building Programme — Westfield East Bank Creative Futures Fund

In 2024, we are delighted to present our fourth year of the Capacity Building Programme, which we are hosting in partnership with award-winning social entrepreneur Lisa Stepanovic MBE. 

The Capacity Building Programme is part of our Westfield East Bank Creative Futures Fund, powered by Westfield Stratford City.

The programme offers a series of capacity building events, starting with general information sessions and pre-application workshops. It’s vitally important that we arm our communities, local organisations and grantees with tools and expertise to help them develop and manage life changing projects.

Workshop Schedule

Mon 12 Feb 6-8pm GMT Branding Strategies with Juju “Unlock the power of your brand through the fundamentals of brand strategy”

Mon 19 Feb 6-8pm GMT —Logo Masterclass with Juju “Welcome to the logo lab -The art and science of logo design”

Mon 26 Feb 6-8pm GMT— Social Media with Sterling Record

Thurs 14 March 6-8pm GMT Making Freelancing Work Including Pricing with Adrian Ashton

Thurs 21 March 6-8pm GMT – Write a Successful Community Fundraising Application

Thurs 28 March 6-8pm GMT –Fundamentals of Successful Bid Writing

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About the events

Booking links are available via Eventbrite.

All events are free and open to individuals, organisations and businesses working and living across the local communities in the London Boroughs of Hackney, Newham, Tower Hamlets and Waltham Forest.

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Need More Help?

For more information and to join our free networking on Whatsapp, please contact Capacity Building Programme lead Lisa Stepanovic MBE on

You can watch recordings from past workshops. Learn more out more about our grantees’s stories and experiences in getting funding and the projects we’ve funded.

About the Capacity Building Programme

Our Capacity Building Programme aims to empower skills, growth, and development, provide a platform for knowledge sharing, and offer networking and partnership opportunities. The programme has been designed with an inclusive approach including feedback and needs of participants. A range of topics are on offer and include content around the importance of core values and lived experience. The programme will champion inclusivity and wellbeing throughout.

The programme is part of our Westfield East Bank Creative Futures Fund,  an ambitious five-year programme that aims to invest £10 million into the local communities of Newham, Tower Hamlets, Hackney and Waltham Forest, supported by Westfield Stratford City.

Guidance Sessions Videos 

Watch these recorded sessions from our Year 3 and see presentations for all three funds from Lisa Stepanovic MBE.

General Guidance Session

Applying for Small Grant Scheme Sessions

Applying for Medium and Large Grant Scheme Sessions

Case Study: previously funded projects 

Watch this film featuring Year 2 grantees Eastside, Loop Labs and True Cadence.

The film was produced and directed by Chris Baker with Editor Will Cole and Colourist Harvey Gibson.

Capacity Building Programme – Lead

The Foundation for Future London is pleased to work with Lisa Stepanovic MBE, who facilitates the Capacity Building Programme.

Lisa Stepanovic MBE is a working-class, award-winning social entrepreneur, experienced businesswoman, activist and mentor who was born and raised in London’s East End. Lisa is best known as the founder of Social Ark; Social Ark builds on Lisa’s many years of experience in running her own businesses and supporting hundreds of entrepreneurs on their journey, especially those from working-class backgrounds who often find themselves excluded from mainstream incubator and accelerator programmes. Lisa is passionate about social inclusion and tackling challenges in under-resourced communities, she’s also a Lived Experience third sector consultant specialising in programme design and building sustainable communities.

Twitter @Lisa_Stepanovic 

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