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Capacity Building Programme – Westfield East Bank Creative Futures Fund

We are delighted to present our second year of the Capacity Building Programme for our Westfield East Bank Creative Futures Fund, which we are hosting in partnership with award-winning social entrepreneur Lisa Stepanovic. 

The programme offers a series of capacity building events, starting with general informaton 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.

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.

“These sessions are essential for anyone who needs to get their plans on paper without the headache of pages and pages of business planning. It’s helped me to identify the current status of my businesses and enabled me to forecast a realistic vision in terms of future impact, customers, and social value.” – Participant

Capacity Building Programme online events

25 Oct — Capacity Building: Create a Strategic Fundraising Plan

15 Nov — Capacity Building: Getting to grips with Project Finance

24 Nov — Capacity Building: Writing a successful funding application

See all our events on Eventbrite

For any queries regarding the capacity building programme and workshops please email capacitybuilding.ffl@outlook.com.

General Fund Guidance Sessions

Our Year 3 sessions are now done — follow our Eventbrite to get notified when more sessions become available.

Watch a recorded session and see the main presentation for all three funds from Lisa Stepanovic.

Applying for Small Grant Scheme Sessions

Our Year 3 sessions are now done — follow our Eventbrite to get notified when more sessions become available.

Watch a recorded session and see the main presentation on the Small Grant Scheme from Lisa Stepanovic.

Applying for Medium and Large Grant Scheme Sessions

Our Year 3 sessions are now done — follow our Eventbrite to get notified when more sessions become available.

Watch a recorded session and see the main presentation on the Medium and Large Grant Schemes from Lisa Stepanovic.

Case study of previously funded projects 

Watch our latest film featuring our 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.

About the Capacity Building Programme Facilitator

The Foundation for Future London is pleased to be working with Lisa Stepanovic, who will be facilitating the Capacity Building Programme.

Lisa Stepanovic 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 

Programme Phase 1: Pre-Application Workshops in 2021

The Foundation, working in partnership with Lisa Stepanovic, is excited to open the Capacity Building Programme with three initial pre application workshops. We know how daunting it can be to start a funding application. These sessions are designed to be engaging, upbeat and give clear insight into the Westfield East Bank Creative Future Fund. The sessions will provide guidance, advice, and examples for completing the funding application for all strands, Small, Medium and Large Grant. They will be interactive and allow attendees to ask questions and learn more about the Foundation and its Westfield Fund.

Programme Phase 2: Co-designed in 2022

We want to ensure the Capacity Building Programme reflects the needs of grantees and future potential grantees. We will be reaching out over the duration of the programme to grantees and community groups to ensure that any workshops developed are beneficial and provide what is needed.

Previous workshops

To see other previous workshops, check out our Eventbrite page.

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