Westfield East Bank Creative Futures Fund

Westfield East Bank Creative Futures Fund is an ambitious five-year programme that aims to invest £10 million into the local communities of Newham, Tower Hamlets, Hackney and Waltham Forest, supported by retail destination Westfield Stratford City.

This flagship project will provide new jobs, learning, training and educational programmes through the means of arts, culture, innovation, public realm and creative placemaking.

The programme aims to transform and catalyse the lives and careers of people in East London by putting funding, resources and support straight into local people’s hands.

If you’re looking for funding to support projects based in East London, check out our four community grant schemes:

All four schemes will fund projects that focus on one or more of the following funding themes: Employment Opportunities, Learning Opportunities, Young People and Business and Entrepreneur Support.

Year 2

We were pleased to open Year 2 of the Fund in August 2021 with £1m to distribute. Year 2 has been designed with evaluation and feedback from Year 1 grantees to ensure that the process is accessible, transparent and allows applicants to make informed decisions, follow a simple applications process and gain additional support when needed.

  • Small Grant Scheme has a pot of £180,000 and will award 30-35 small grants. The Expression of Interest Form opened on 24 August and closed on 1 October 2021.
  • Medium Grant Scheme has a pot of £330,000 and will award 20-24 grants. The online portal will open for applications on 30 September and closed on 3 December 2021.
  • Large Grant Scheme has a pot of £390,000 and will award 5-8 grants. The online portal will open for applications on 30 September and closed on 3 December 2021.
  • Capital Grant Scheme has a poet of £100,000. Proposals will be accepted from £3,000 upwards from 30 September 2021. There is no deadline — we are operating a first approached basis until the fund pool has expired. We are encouraging approaches to the Foundation to discuss applications for the Capital Stand.

The majority of our Westfield East Bank Creative Futures Fund Year 2 community schemes are now closed, although applications are still being accepted for our Capital Grant Scheme. Be quick as it’s ‘first come first serve’.

We will announce our Year 2 Small Grant Scheme grantees in January 2022, and we will be sharing news of our 2022 grants next year, so please check out our Grants page and make sure to sign up to our newsletter.

If you have questions about our grants or need access support, please contact the Foundation’s grant team on

Capacity Building Programme

For Year 2 of our Westfield East Bank Creative Futures Fund, we are hosting a new Capacity Building Programme, in partnership with award-winning social entrenpeneur Lisa Stepanovic.

We want to ensure the Capacity Building Programme reflects the needs of grantees and future potential grantees. We will be reaching out over the duration of the programme to grantees and community groups to ensure that any workshops developed are beneficial and provide what is needed.

Session 2: Tuesday 11 January 2022, 6pm – 7.30pm via Zoom

Join Lisa Stepanovic and Moses Adeyemi, Capacity Building leads, for this interactive, hands-on business planning workshop called Project Delivery Checklist.

Before delivering any project, it is important to make sure your organisation is operating within a legal framework as well as meeting any partnership, stakeholder or/and funding agreements. During this session, you’ll be taken through the ‘Project Delivery Checklist’, including access to up-to-date information, templates and reusable tools. This is a great session for new projects, past feedback has consistently been 100%. Hope to see you there!


“These sessions are essential for anyone who needs to get their plans on paper without the headache of pages and pages of business planning. It’s helped me to identify the current status of my businesses and enabled me to forecast a realistic vision in terms of future impact, customers, and social value.” – Participant

Contact Details and Access Support

For any initial programme queries or to arrange a call please email:

This includes access support for applying. We have an Easy to Read versions of our Guidance Notes on our grant scheme pages.

For any queries regarding the capacity building programme and workshops please email:

Projects We’ve Supported in Year 2

Year 1 of the Westfield East Bank Creative Futures Fund saw the following grants awarded:

Projects We’ve Supported in Year 1

Year 1 of the Westfield East Bank Creative Futures Fund saw the following grants awarded:

In Year 1, the Westfield East Bank Creative Futures Fund awarded £660,000 to 36 community projects from the Small, Medium & Large Grant Scheme, benefiting over 7,000 people.

Read our full list of Year 1 Community Strand grantees.

Marketing and Press for Grantees

If you are a Westfield East Bank Creative Futures Fund grantee, we have a Marketing and Press Guidance section, which has further information and download links for logos.

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