Over £550,000 of Fellowship Funding was made available in 2019 as part of Waltham Forest's London Borough of Culture year.

This was allocated to support artists and organisations to create locally relevant, ambitious cultural activity right across the borough during 2019. This was an opportunity to help create a cultural programme for everyone in Waltham Forest to participate in and enjoy.

Starting in September 2018, we opened applications for artists, organisations, communities, venues and everyone in between to submit their bid for Fellowship Funding grants.

There were three types of grant available; Make it Happen, Make it Local, and Make it Work.

 a further round of Fellowship Funding grants will be released in early 2020, and a new programme of bursaries for young creatives will be made available in partnership with the Greater London Authority.


Make it Happen grants focused on new arts and culture activities in Waltham Forest that needed a boost in order to take place. This could range from either complete funding, or a boost to existing activity.  

Two rounds of Make it Happen took place, one closing in November 2018, and the other in March 2019, and a whole host of projects were awarded funding. You can see successful projects of both rounds right here. Make sure to come along to many of the activities and events taking place throughout the rest of the year! 


Make it Local grants were community ward focussed. Each ward in the borough was allocated £10,000 to deliver hyper local, neighbourhood focussed arts and cultural activities. Successful projects were chosen by ward councillors after the applications closed in March 2019, and 191 were awarded funding. 

View all Make It Local grants here


Make it Work grants sought out venues in the borough that needed space improvement. These grants were award to five local venues to enhance their facilities and create more space for culture, indoors and out. The deadline was 26 November 2018 and grants were awarded up to £10,000. Successful venues include HSCB (Hoe Street Central Bank) in Walthamstow, and X7eaven in Leytonstone. 

Read more about HSCB here. 


Fellowship Funding is funded through Neighbourhood Community Infrastructure Levy.