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.

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

Year 3

Year 3 of the Fund will open in Summer 2022.


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.

“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

Recent workshops

ActionStorm & Crowdfunding: Mon, 6 June 2022 6pm – 8pm via Zoom
Creative Brand Storytelling: Monday 30 May 2022, 6pm – 8pm via Zoom

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

In Year 2, the Westfield East Bank Creative Futures Fund awarded a total of £1,351,194 to 82 community projects from the Fund’s community strand, consisting of the Small, Medium, Large and Capital Grant Schemes.

Year 2 was 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.

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 and 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.

Case Studies of our Funded Projects


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