Large Grant Scheme

Open to schools and non-profit organisations, can apply for up to £50k. Please note: this fund is now closed.


Please note: this fund is now closed.

The Large Grant Scheme fund aims to support local organisations to create new jobs, learning, training, and educational programmes through the means of arts, culture, innovation, public realm and creative placemaking in Hackney, Newham, Waltham Forest and Tower Hamlets.

The Large Grant Scheme is part of 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, funded by Westfield Stratford City.

Year 3

Year 3 was open for applications until Friday 23 September 2022 at 11.59pm. The deadline was extended by one week from its original 16 September due to observance of The Royal Mourning.

As of 5 September, 121 appointments for permission to apply are now closed. If you have not had an appointment you will not be able to apply this time.

In Year 3, the Large Grant scheme has a pot of £300,000 and will award five to six grants.

Year 3 has been designed with evaluation and feedback from Year 2 grantees to ensure that the process is accessible, transparent and allows applicants to make informed decisions, follow a simple applications process and gain additional support when needed.

In Year 1, the Fund awarded a total of £150,000 to 3 projects.

In Year 2, the Fund awarded a total of £482,746 to 11 projects.

For help and advice on applying to the Large Grant Scheme, sign up to our Capacity Building Programme events, run in partnership with award-winning social entrepreneur Lisa Stepanovic.

To find out when Year 4 will open and to find out about our other funding opportunities, please sign up to our newsletter:




The scheme will fund projects that focus on one or more of the following funding themes:

  • Employment opportunities
    • Will your project provide employment opportunities for local people, including access to paid work experience/internships, access to apprenticeships or gaining access to jobs?
  • Learning opportunities
    • Will your project provide opportunities and/or mobility of progression through learning and training opportunities for local people, including accessing life-long learning opportunities from early learning, schools through to late career and post retirement and/or will the project offer bespoke career and higher education path support, training  and secondments?
  • Young people
    • Will your project have a young person led approach with particular provision for local young people to access broader skills development opportunities, careers workshops and related learning and/or one-to-one coaching and mentoring?
  • Business and entrepreneur support
    • Will your project provide local people with the opportunity to have business and/or entrepreneur support including freelance, business and entrepreneur set up, development and training?


We appreciate these four overarching areas are a broad spectrum, so to aid understanding of outcomes expected through the grants, we have developed a user-centred process.

Outcomes are the project’s short, medium or long-term goals that will lead to a meaningful impact for communities in the local boroughs. Applicants will be asked to identify a set number of outcomes that their project will achieve. The number of outcomes expected will be based on the grant scheme you are applying for.

We have provided a list of 13 short, medium and long-term outcomes to be selected.

Short Term Outcomes Medium/Long Term Outcomes
  • Participants gain technical/sector- specific and/or creative skills
  • Increased employability of participants
  • Participants gain essential skills
  • Increased capacity for innovation and entrepreneurship
  • Participants grow their networks and awareness of local opportunities
  • Increased diversity in the creative/entrepreneurial sector in the boroughs
  • Participants gain confidence in their potential and self-initiative
  • More diverse audiences engage with the cultural sector and benefit from community assets/available services
  • Participants are better equipped to process difficult emotions
  • Participants act as agents of change within the local community
  • Participants are equipped to act as agent of change in their boroughs
  • Organisations and schools integrate creative approaches within their projects
  • Organisations and schools are exposed to creative approaches to wellbeing


If you are a grantee, we have a marketing and press guidance web page, which has further information and links to logos and other resources.

Case studies

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.

At a glance

Open to

Schools; Not-for-profit organisations with less than £1.5 million turnover (Local Boroughs (Newham, Hackney, Waltham Forest, Tower Hamlets) and East Bank Partners are exempt from turnover)


Up to £50,000

Apply by

23/09/2022 11:59 pm


12 to 18 months


Minimum of five medium and large outcomes must be demonstrated


Arts, Culture, Heritage
Business & Start Up
Creative ideas
Diversity & Inclusion
Health, wellbeing & environment
Creative, Inclusive Public Realm and/or Placemaking
Skills & Jobs


The Large Grant Scheme focuses on projects around the four themes of employment opportunities, learning opportunities, young people and business and entrepreneurial support within the four boroughs of Hackney, Newham, Tower Hamlets and Waltham Forest. Proposals from schools, groups and non-profit organisations are all welcome, but a partnership and/or consortium approach to the project must be evidenced.

Our Fund is about creating inclusive and sustainable opportunity — we are keen to back a range of activities and innovative ideas that drive the proposed outcomes. The Foundation for Future London is a strong advocate for the ability of creativity to enable levelling up opportunities and to be a strong contributor to the London economy.  Therefore, we are keen to fund project activity that has origins in:

Equality, diversity, and inclusion are at the forefront of the Foundation’s grant giving. We actively encourage applications from all communities including Black, Asian and ethnically diverse, disabled, learning disabled, unemployed and/or low waged, people without qualifications, vulnerably housed, Gypsies and Travellers, LGBTQ+, children and young people, older people and people with mental health issues or long-term health issues.

We want to make sure funding opportunities reach a wide audience and serve to support locally rooted charities and community focused initiatives. We also encourage applications from individuals and organisations led by local people whose projects engage and serve East London’s diverse communities.

To get a better understanding of the support areas and beneficiaries the Foundation’s funding seeks to target, see our list of groups in our Guidance Notes.

Large Grant Scheme projects will need to demonstrate a minimum of five medium, or long-term outcomes from our list of 13 short, medium or long-term goals that will lead to a meaningful impact for communities in the local boroughs. To see the full list, please see our Guidance Notes.


Disabled people
Older people
Black, Asian or ethnically diverse
Vulnerably Housed
People with mental health or long term health issues
Young people
Working class

How to apply

We are now using our grant management software Flexigrant for online applications.

To access the portal for the Large Grant scheme, you will first need to book an appointment with our Grants team to discuss your initial application.

There are 4 dates available with 15 minutes slots from 10am-3pm on the following dates:

Additional criteria:

  • If you are a school applying, you must evidence that the funding applied for will not be for core school day/curriculum activity
  • If you are applying for the maximum level of funding, you must evidence why the full amount is needed and where it will be
  • A partnership and/or consortium approach to the project must be If you are a local borough or East Bank Partner applying, the partnership must be a strong partnership with an equitable budget split between the project partners.


Online applications will open on 11 July and close on Fri 23 September 2022 (extended from 16 September for The Royal Mourning).

Grants will be awarded in November 2022.

Projects will start in December 2022 to February 2023.

For help and advice on applying to the Large Grant Scheme, sign up to our Capacity Building Programme events, run in partnership with award-winning social entrepreneur Lisa Stepanovic.

Pre-application workshop: Looking at the applicationMon 1 August 11am – 1pm

Pre-application workshop: Looking at the application Wed 3 August 6pm – 8pm

Review Process

All applications will be carefully reviewed and evaluated against the four key core Fund themes; short, medium, and long-term goals; expected impact; user and beneficiary groups; and budgetary spend. Shortlisting will take place internally via our online system and by three team members.

Final awarding will be decided by the Foundation Grant Assessment Panel, which includes the Foundation’s CEO and one/two Foundation Trustees. On occasion, we may request further information to help us determine the outcome of any application. Feedback will be given to all applicants in the first instant via our Capacity Building Programme workshop, followed by potential 121 requests, however level of feedback will be dependent on size of grant applied for.

Access Support & Flexigrant Technical Support

For access support or technical support using our Flexigrant online application system, please email:


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