Small Grant Scheme

Apply for up to £5k, open to individuals and non profits


The scheme is now closed for applications.

The Small Grant Scheme fund aims to support local organisations and individuals 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 scheme is part of the 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, and we are now pleased to be opening Year 2.

Year 2 has been designed with evaluation and feedback from Year 1 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.

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 ladders of opportunity through learning and training opportunities for local people, including accessing lifelong 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 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?

The second round opened for expressions of interest on 24 August and will close on Fri 1 Oct 11.59pm. Shortlisted proposals will be notified on 18 October and will have four weeks to develop and submit additional information.

In Year 2, the Small Grant scheme has a pot of £180,000 and will award 30-35 small grants.

In December 2020, we awarded 21 projects with a total of £102,004, for projects that ranged from art kits for people living in hostels and emergency accommodation to vertical food farming in city centre unused spaces.

At a glance

Open to

Individuals; schools; small to medium not for profit organisations with less than £500k turnover



Apply by

01/10/2021 11:59 pm


6-12 months


Minimum of two short to medium term outcomes


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


The scheme is now closed for applications.

The Small 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 individuals, groups and organisations are all welcome.

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.

Small Grant Scheme projects will need to demonstrate a minimum of two short to medium 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
Young people
Vulnerably Housed
Older people
Black, Asian or ethnically diverse
People with mental health or long term health issues
Working class

How to apply

The scheme is now closed for applications.

Please make sure to read our Guidance Notes before applying. You can also download the full set of application questions.

Stage 1: Expression of Interest Form opens 24 August and closes Fri 1 Oct 11.59pm. This stage will ask basic organisation/individual key details and request a one-page summary of your project’s aims and objectives.

Stage 2: Shortlisted proposals will be notified on 18 October and will have four weeks to develop and submit additional information. This stage will delve a little further into expected outcomes and more detailed budgetary information.

Grants will be awarded in late November 2021.

Projects will start in December 2021/January 2022.

For help and advice, sign up to our Capacity Building Programme events, run in partnership with Lisa Stepanovic.

Additional criteria:

  • If you are applying for the maximum fund amount, you must evidence why the full amount is needed.
  • If you have previously been awarded funding from the Westfield East Bank Creative Futures Fund or any other Foundation grant programme, you are still welcome to apply for Year 2 funds. However, you must be clear if this application is for a new project or an extension to the already funded project. Need for the new project or additional funding must be evidenced.

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This includes access support for applying. We will soon have an Easy to Read version of our Guidance Notes on this page.

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