Small Grant Scheme

Open to individuals and non-profits, can apply for up to £5k. Please note: this fund is now closed.


Please note: this fund is now closed.

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 open Year 3.

Year 3

Year 3 is now closed as of 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. 

The Small Grant scheme has a pot of £100,000 and will award 20-22 small grants.

Year 3 has been designed with evaluation and feedback from Year 1 and 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 Small Grant Scheme awarded £102,004 to 21 projects.

In Year 2, the Small Grant Scheme awarded £200k to 46 projects.

For help and advice on making an application, please contact our Capacity Building Programme lead Lisa Stepanovic on Please also see upcoming workshops and sessions for practical support.

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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

For more information, please see our Guidance Notes.


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

Please note: this scheme is now closed.



Apply by

23/09/2022 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 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

Review Process

All applications will be carefully reviewed and evaluated against  the four key core Fund themes as well as short, medium, and long-term goals, expected impact, user, and beneficiary groups and budgetary spend.

Assessment will take place internally via our online system by two team members. Final awarding will then be decided by the Foundation’s Team Grant Assessment Panel. 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.


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 Small Grant Scheme, sign up to our Capacity Building Programme events, run in partnership with award-winning social entrepreneur Lisa Stepanovic.

Small Grant Application Workshops will run on:

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