UPDATE London Borough of Culture Fellowship Funding & events

UPDATE London Borough of Culture Fellowship Funding & events

Two funds opened on 17 January:

  • Make it Local: Community Ward Grants

  • Make it Happen: Cultural Activity Grants

Application forms for both funds are online. Individuals and not for profit organisations, such as charities, community interest companies and community groups  can apply. The deadline for completed applications is 5pm, Monday 4 March.

Make it Local: Community Ward Grants is neighbourhood focussed funding for arts and culture projects delivered by local communities. Each  ward is allocated  £10,000. You can apply for up to £5,000, but grants are typically much lower, in the range of up to £500 for individuals and up to £1,000 for organisations. Applicants are encouraged to speak to their local councillor before applying - we regard this as a must. Your project must apply to a specific ward.
The guidance gives examples of the types of projects that might be funded:

  • Street parties and community festivals

  • Arts and crafts workshops

  • Performances

  • Heritage celebrations.

Whatever your project it must align with the Funding Objectives and the Priorities (you must meet at least three of the priorities), details of which you can find in the guidance

Make it Happen: Cultural Activity Grants. Small grants from £100 to £10,000 are available, and large grants from £10,000 to £30,000. The funding pot is, as in round one,  £135,000. Note that £2.7m worth of applications were received for round one - if you do the maths you'll see that chances of success were around 5%. It is likely that round two will also be highly competitive. The guidance  is similar to that of Round 1, but note that artists and/or projects engaging Eastern European and South Asian communities are strongly welcomed to apply. Click here for information about the 12 projects funded under round 1. 

Note Make it Work: Space improvement grants closed in November.

Fellowship Funding Surgeries
The borough will be holding another round of grants surgeries. These  are group sessions. You can book now  for any of the 19 surgeries which will be held around the borough from 21 January to 1 March.

One to one meetings

The council will be holding one to one meetings with prospective applicants every Wednesday from 1.00pm to 5.00pm at 1 Hoe Street, E17 4SD. These will be held on a drop in basis (you can't book) starting on 23 January. You should go prepared with information (such as a project plan or application draft) about the project you plan to apply for.

Support from Community Waltham Forest

Contact our Development Officer, Chris Todd chris@communitywalthamforest.org, if you need support with an application, or would like feedback on your application before it is submitted. Note that he can only support organisations that have a not-for-profit governing document, such as a charity or community interest company.  Please contact him at an early stage to discuss what support he can offer.


Meet the Funder
To support applicants look for sources of funding from outside Waltham Forest, the London Borough of Culture team are holding a Meet the Funder event on 22nd January 2019, 6.30 - 9.00pm, at 1 Hoe Street.  Book here

Deadline: 5pm, Monday 4 March.

More information and to apply.