£100,000 Make it Happen grant funding is available

Arts projects that engage and enhance the lives of Waltham Forest residents are more important than ever before. And there is a strong local appetite for artistic events. 
Do you have an idea for an exciting and innovative project that would involve the community? An innovative dance project for adults, a new craft project for children or a film challenge for everyone? From circus to dance, performance to visual art, music to craft – we are looking for big, bold ideas to support.  
Make it Happen Grant funding is now available to support artists, organisations and creative freelancers to create locally relevant, ambitious and inclusive arts and culture projects right across Waltham Forest.  This is your opportunity to create a cultural programme for everyone in our borough. You do not have to be based in Waltham Forest but your activity must benefit Waltham Forest residents. 
This round of Make it Happen grant funding is making £100,000 available to run innovative and inclusive creative activities between January 2021 and March 2022. The grant will require some match funding and can be part of wider funding for a very ambitious project. 
Find out more about past projects funded through our Make it Happen Grants    

Innovative and inclusive creative activity between January 2021 and March 2022

This round of Make it Happen grant funding is making £100,000 available to run innovative and inclusive creative activity between January 2021 and March 2022.

Application Deadline 
All applications must be received by 5pm on Friday 30 October. 
This deadline has been extended from the original date (25 October) due to issues with the online form.

Funding Available
The total amount of funding available for this round is £100,000

You can apply for one of the following amounts: 

  • £1,000 - £10,000
    We would like to see match funding and/or in-kind support of at least 10%but will occasionally fund entire project costs.
  • £10,000 - £20,000
    You will need to show evidence of match funding of at least 20% of total project costs

How to Apply 

If you have already started an application

All applications must be submitted using the online application form. If you would prefer to submit your application in another format for access reasons, please email wfculture@walthamforest.gov.uk 
Application Support

We will be holding a series of online and in person application workshops and one to one advice sessions. 
Register your place online 

Grant workshop and Q&A 
Information session explaining application and guidance notes, and open Q&A session 

  • Tuesday 22 September, 6pm-7.30pm, Online workshop
  • Tuesday 29 September, 11am-12.30pm, Online workshop
  • Tuesday 6 October, 6.30pm-8pm, In person workshop
    William Morris Community Centre, 6-8 Greenleaf Rd, Greater, Walthamstow, London E17 6QQ . This event is intended for people who are unable to access the online workshops.  To help us comply with social distancing guidelines, please do not book tickets if you can take part online. 
  • Wednesday 7 October, 6pm-8pm, Online workshop for people aged 18-30 and first-time applicants 
  • Tuesday 13 October, 6pm-7.30pm, Online workshop

One to One Project Meetings 
15-minute pre-booked online meetings to ask project specific questions

  • Thursday 24 September, 2pm-6pm
  • Thursday 1 October, 2pm-6pm
  • Thursday 8 October, 2pm-6pm
  • Thursday 15 October, 2pm-6pm
  • Thursday 22 October 2pm-6pm

Funded by the Great Place scheme in Waltham Forest: Creative Connections, a programme supported by Arts Council England and the National Lottery Heritage Fund.  The Great Place Scheme is designed to put arts, culture and heritage at the heart of the local community.

Grants Panel