Waltham Forest

Arts, culture and heritage have always held a special place in Waltham Forest. When Waltham Forest was named the first ever London Borough of Culture in 2019, the Borough was able to further reinforce this, successfully engaging with and bringing together people of all ages and backgrounds.

The redevelopment of the William Morris Gallery – at the birthplace of this Arts & Crafts pioneer – and Walthamstow Wetlands have only added to the Borough’s reputation for innovation within culture and the arts.

Are you an individual, group or business based in Waltham Forest with a great idea?

We currently fund projects in arts, culture, innovation or placemaking for people in Hackney, Newham, Tower Hamlets and Waltham Forest.

We can help you start a new business or develop an existing one, help you gain a qualification or get a project off the ground.

Check out our funding opportunities and apply now.


Waltham Forest Windrush 75 artist commission

The London Borough of Waltham Forest are seeking proposals for a project to celebrate and commemorate the 75th anniversary of Windrush Day in June 2023. The fee is £20k. Open to individual artists and organisations.

Your proposal must take place within the London Borough of Waltham Forest. Local cultural activity is often concentrated in Walthamstow, and we are therefore especially interested in projects that take place in Chingford, Higham’s Park, Leyton and Leytonstone.

Preference will be given to Black-led organisations or individuals with strong links to local communities. You do not have to live in the Borough to apply, however priority will be given to those with a proven track record of delivering arts and heritage projects in East London and Waltham Forest in particular.

Deadline: 5 March 2023, 5pm

To register your interest and receive the commission briefing, see Yyou will need to 

For any queries regarding the Windrush 75 Commissions, contact Christine Lai ( or Sid Patrick (

Waltham Forest Town Hall, 701 Forest Road Walthamstow E17 4JF

Make it Happen grant

Apply now for a Make it Happen grant, designed to support arts and cultural activities taking place in Waltham Forest between April 2023 and January 2024. You can apply for between £1,000 and £15,000 for projects that align with one of the following themes: Storytelling and Climate Emergency.

Make it Happen is the Waltham Forest Borough Council flagship grants programme for arts and culture projects in Waltham Forest, celebrating the diversity of local communities and shining a light on creative talent across the Borough in the process.

The deadline is 8 January 2023.

For more information and to apply, go to Arts and culture grants 2023 | London Borough of Waltham Forest

Delivery partners wanted for Essential Living Fund Plus – Waltham Forest

Glasspool Charity Trust and The Drapers’ Company are looking for three grant delivery partners based in Waltham Forest to deliver Essential Living Fund Plus – Waltham Forest, a new grant-making programme for individuals in financial hardship living in the London Borough of Waltham Forest from January 2023 to December 2025.

They’re looking for three voluntary or community organisations based in the borough to become our grants delivery partners. Are you…

• A charity, community interest company etc?

• Providing support services to adult residents of the London Borough of Waltham Forest?

• Offering quality support, including needs assessment, referrals, information advice and guidance, holistic help etc?

The new programme, Essential Living Plus – Waltham Forest, will provide small grants (up to £500 or a maximum of £750 in exceptional circumstances) for a wide range of items or services.

Find out more about the new programme

Download application form

Please complete the application form and email it by 5pm on Wednesday 30 November 2022 to: 


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