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.

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:

Year 2

We are now pleased to open Year 2 of the Fund. 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 will close 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 will close 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 will close 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.

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, starting with pre-application workshops.

Session 8: Tuesday 14 December 2021, 6:30pm – 8pm via Zoom

This workshop will cover the various and varied legal forms that social and community enterprises can use in the UK. More importantly, it will highlight the questions you should be asking before settling on a legal structure and challenging some of the myths about some structures. There will be resources and time for some questions – it would be most helpful if you have a burning question to share it in advance. Then Karen can prepare to include it or at least point you towards some answers.

This event is free and open to individuals, organisations and businesses working and living across the local communities in the London Boroughs of Hackney, Newham, Tower Hamlets and Waltham Forest. Please register your place and we will send you details about how to participate closer to the time. Places will be made available on a first come, first served basis.

If you have any questions in advance, please email them over to:


Contact Details and Access Support

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

This includes access support for applying. We will soon have an Easy to Read version of our Guidance Notes on this page.

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

Projects We’ve Supported

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

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. There are also contact details if you need further advice.

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