Foundations Programme

The Foundations Programme was the first phase of work co-funded via a four-year partnership with City of London. The programme supports the Foundation for Future London’s local collaborative cultural programming around creative education, lifelong learning and employment opportunities.  Our aim is to develop longer term shared learnings between the two new cultural districts of East Bank and Culture Mile.

Recognising the significant impact grassroots cultural organisations make in their communities, economies and well-being, the programme aimed to support the Foundation’s re-engagement with local audiences and demonstrate our commitment to funding local cultural infrastructure.

Our people and place-led programme has sought to listen and test new collaborative approaches to amplify local individual, organisation and community ambitions and ideas.

Across the year in 2019 and 2020, we have also tried to lay the foundations to support diverse local creative talent and develop potential collaborative projects with our East Bank partners.

Our 2019/2020 work strands included:

Our 2019 action-based research and engagement approach resulted in 10 inaugural place-based commissioned projects facilitated by an independent creative producer.

In 2020, we awarded 22 grants and 10 small development grants in response to C-19 through our Connecting People and Places Fund.

Grants of up to £5,000 were awarded to enable individuals and organisations across the four boroughs of Hackney, Newham, Tower Hamlets and Waltham Forest to deliver arts and cultural activities. This could be a scaling-out of existing cultural activity idea or the development of a new project or partnership.

The grants’ aim is to connect East London communities with East Bank, impact social change and create the conditions to enable a greater level of collaboration between both local organisations and our East Bank and Culture Mile partner organisations.

Read our Connecting People and Places Evaluation Report.

2020 Grantees

Applicant/Lead Project Name
Art Clubbers S.Y.N.C Your Skills
Artillery CIC Creative Climate Ideas Spark Sessions
Arts Clubbers & Spotlight Youth Centre Poplar Works Fashion Mural
Asma Begum Make and Mend
Ben Wakeling Hackney Wick Life Drawing 2021
Blackhorse Lane Studio and Workshop Residency Launch
Catalyst in Communities Changing Minds in Challenging Times
Chisenhale Dance Space Enhancing Encounter Bow Festival 2021
Civic Ltd Freemasons Road
Dash Arts Dash Arts Podcast
Eleanor Pearce Painting the Gate
Enni-Kukka Tuomala Empathy HQ
Gascoyne Over 50s Club & Wick Award Gascoyne Community Lunch
Grand Union Music That Unites
Hackney Wick and Fish Island CIC / Creative Wick The Wick Magazine Launch
HyperActive Developments Groundbreakers – Augmented Reality Heritage Trail
Idea Space Phone to Film
Kay Rufai SMILE-ing Boys Project
Leaders in the Community Be Inspired: Young Women
Loop Labs Green Forest Gate
Magic Me Generation Rebellion
Mbilla Arts Saturday School Programme
Newham Poetry Group Newham Poetry House
Paula David Windrush and Beyond: Stories of Migration
Rob Fawcett Men’s Shed – Programme Development
Roman Road Trust Transform The Common Room: Developing the Programme
Rosetta Arts Cultural Engagement Accelerator
Ruff Sqwad Arts Foundation You Can’t Handle The Booth Summer Challenge Pilot
Sahera Khan Artist The Cockerel and the Fox
Sara Kärpänen Poetic Place
Selina Thompson Ltd Immersion
Split Banana Festival of Us
Spotlight Youth Public Art Project
The People Speak Hear East Talkaoke
Trapped in Zone One Black History Month – Tower Hamlets Mural
Trashion Factory CIC / JOA Local Upskill For Zero Waste Futures
Trowbridge Gardens & Rob Fawcett Hackney Wick Men’s Shed
Trowbridge Residents Silver Surfers 2021
UnAge Food Startup Accelerator Pilot
UNDR LNDN Living for the City
We Are Parable Momentum Programme Pilot

Marketing and Press for Grantees

If you are a grantee, we have a marketing and press guidance web page, which has further information and links to logos and other resources.

For further advice, please contact Communications Manager Amy Zamarripa Solis on


Featured Grant

Connecting People & Places Fund

Please note: this scheme is now closed.

Read more

Other funding opportunities

Our projects

BetterPoints Newham Challenge

Creating Joy!

Delivered by Co-Creative Connection

Reconnect through Music

Delivered by True Cadence
View all projects

Related articles

Other Programmes

Support Us

Create opportunities for people of East London

Read more

Let’s keep in touch