Make it happen: Fellowship Funding

Waltham Forest Mela

Waltham Forest will be the first London Borough of Culture in 2019. Together we will deliver a spectacular year and a lasting legacy for our great borough and city.

Find out more about London Borough of Culture.

There is over £550,000 of Fellowship Funding available to support artists and organisations to create locally relevant, ambitious cultural activity right across the borough during 2019. This is your opportunity to help create a cultural programme for everyone in Waltham Forest to participate in and enjoy.

Applications for Make it Work: Space improvement grants are now open for applications. You should download and read the Guidance document for the grant you wish to apply for carefully before applying.

Applications must be submitted via the online application form. An acknowledgement will be issued.

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Make It Work: Space improvement grants

Enhancing the facilities of our venues to create more space for culture, indoors and out. Grants up to £10,000

Deadline for applications: 5pm, Monday 26 November

Download the Make it Work guidance

Apply for Make it Work online

Make it Happen: Cultural activity grants

For new arts and culture activities, that will be part of the London Borough of Culture 2019 programme.

  • Round 1: September 2018 – Applications closed
  • Round 2: January 2019

We will contact applicants regarding Round 1 outcomes at the end of November 2018

Make It Local: Community ward grants

Neighbourhood focussed funding for arts and culture projects delivered by local communities.

Applications open January 2019.

Fellowship Funding Surgeries

Find out more about how to apply for Fellowship Funding, with guidance to the online application process, grant priorities and fund objectives. 

  • Thursday 1 November 7pm to 9pm, The Mill E17 7HA.

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Application training

Community Waltham Forest is providing two workshops for applicants new to grant applications and those that need to improve their skills. You’ll learn about: assessing what the funder is interested in; demonstrating the success of your project; planning your project; writing  a budget; and how to avoid common mistakes. The workshops will focus on the Fellowship Funding scheme, but you’ll also be able to apply what you learn to other funders.

  • Tuesday 18 September, 10am  to 1pm
  • Wednesday 19 September, 5.30pm to 8pm

The Mill, 7-11 Coppermill Lane, Walthamstow E17 7HA

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Assistance with your application form

We would encourage people to complete applications via our online portal. If this is not possible, paper copies, including large print are available at all Waltham Forest Libraries. If you have any additional requirements, please let us know by emailing

Waltham Forest Digital Champions will be on hand at drop in sessions in Waltham Forest libraries to help with any problems you might have with the application form. Find a computer drop in session.

Other funding available Click to get info

There are a number of funding programmes based in the UK which also support cultural projects. You can find just some of these here:

We would encourage the use of volunteers in your project and will offer the opportunity to list your opportunities through London Borough of Culture volunteering programme. You will need to agree to the volunteer guidelines to do so. Support and training opportunities will be provided for all volunteers.