Small Grant Scheme

This grant scheme is currently closed.


This grant scheme is currently closed. 

The Small Grant Scheme is focused on skills and qualifications, with the aim of kick-starting projects, businesses and start-ups, and helping widen individuals’ job opportunities.

The Small Grant Scheme aims to:

  • Grow new ideas
  • Encourage business start-ups and new community projects
  • Develop new business ideas
  • Develop existing projects and businesses
  • Help people gain a qualification, skill or training that leads to improved prospects
  • Improve health and wellbeing, or community sustainability
  • Reflect and/or showcase community heritage, culture and diversity
  • Counteract the impacts of COVID-19, and support resilience.

The Small 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.

Our first round ran from 19 August to Monday 28 September 2020.

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.

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At a glance

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12 months


Arts, Culture, Heritage
Skills & Jobs
Business & Start Up
Creative ideas
Diversity & Inclusion
Health, wellbeing & environment


The Small Grant Scheme focuses on projects that will create opportunities in employment and learning; in arts, culture, innovation and creative place-making; in entrepreneurship; and in resilience and COVID-19 recovery – within the four boroughs of Hackney, Newham, Tower Hamlets and Waltham Forest. Proposals from individuals, groups and organisations are all welcome.

The Small Grant Scheme will act as a fast-moving catalyst to help bring new ideas, projects and opportunities to life, within the arts, culture, innovation and creative place-making sectors.

Examples of things we will fund:

  • Research and development
  • Small events – festivals, workshops, exhibitions, talks, showcases
  • Community engagement or grassroots dialogue
  • Creative learning
  • Professional network building and development
  • Learning and training
  • Mentoring and coaching
  • Audience development
  • Support capacity building
  • Improve access for SEN/D provision (Special Education Needs and Disability)
  • Improve access for NEET training (Not in Employment, Education or Training)
  • Extracurricular initiatives in schools or young people’s safe spaces
  • Inclusivity and diversity-led programmes
  • Resilience to COVID-19, such as re-opening, audience building, digital skills and infrastructure.


Disabled people
Young people
Older people
People of colour
People with mental health or long term health issues
Working class

How to apply

This grant scheme is currently closed.


Westfield Stratford City

Westfield Stratford City is London’s most popular shopping destination by footfall, located in London’s fastest growing area

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Westfield East Bank Creative Futures Fund

Transforming lives and careers of people in East London

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