Bablu’s Story

“Why I applied for funding & why you should consider it too”

In 2020, Trapped in Zone One was awarded a Connecting People and Places Fund grant for its project The Bigger Project, co-funded by City of London.


Bablu Miah


Head and Founder of Trapped in Zone One

Area or borough

We are based in Tower Hamlets, East London.

How did you hear about the Foundation’s funding?

We heard about the Foundation’s funding from our friends at Tower Hamlets CVS and followed that up by attending one of your events in Hackney, which was hugely helpful in learning more about the grant and what steps to take into order to apply.

What tips would you give to first-time applicants or people considering making an application?

For any first-time applicants looking to apply we recommend that you read the guidance and speak to the team in going through your project idea before you apply, as from our experience it will help you to structure your plan and make your application stronger.

It is our belief that local people know their communities better than anyone else, and it is our aim to provide the most effective platform, resources and opportunities to give them the tools to survive, thrive and evolve personally and socially.

How has the funding helped local people and local communities so far?

Covid-19 had a major impact on our creative processes by halting our work to help and assist communities. The funding from Foundation from Future London came at the right time and allowed us to build new relationships and work in partnership with community organisations to connect and support communities from Black, Asian and ethnic minority backgrounds in Tower Hamlets. Together, we are delivering virtual creative projects to improve the health and wellbeing of young people and residents of the borough to ensure they’re in a better position after the initial emergency response from Covid-19 with our project.

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