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.


Make It Happen 2024 Funding Opportunity

We’re excited to announce that our flagship grant programme Make It Happen is open for applications. We are investing £125,000 into seed funding for new cultural and creative projects taking place in Waltham Forest taking place between May 2024 and January 2025.

You can apply for £1,000-£15,000 to fund a project.

Applications close 25 February 2024.

For more information, see

Culture & Creativity For All

We want to hear your views about culture and creativity in Waltham Forest.

Waltham Forest Council is consulting those who live, work, study or visit Waltham Forest to help shape a new Cultural Action Plan. This will inform how we support culture and creativity in the borough in 2024-2030, with clear recommendations and an ambitious but achievable action plan.

Share your views via this survey and be in with a chance of winning a £100 voucher to spend at the William Morris Gallery shop.


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