Apply for up to £5k, open to individuals and non profits
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:
Business and entrepreneur support
The second round opened for expressions of interest on 24 August and will close on 24 September 2021. Shortlisted proposals will be notified on 11 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.
Open toIndividuals; schools; small to medium not for profit organisations with less than £500k turnover
Apply by24/09/2021 11:59 pm
CategoriesArts, Culture, Heritage
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.
Stage 1: Expression of Interest Form opens 24 August and closes 24 September. 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 11 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.
Contact Details and Access Support
For any initial programme queries or to arrange a call please email:
This includes access support for applying. We will soon have an Easy to Read version of our Guidance Notes on this page.
For any queries regarding the capacity building programme and workshops please email:
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