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Community in Fellowship Square Fund

Find out more about the Community in Fellowship Square Fund and how to apply.

Last updated: 9 September 2022

Next review: 9 March 2023

Fellowship Square is a place for community and since its opening, we have seen our residents bring great joy and energy into the space. Going forward, we want to further support community groups to enjoy all that Fellowship Square offers through offering funding to enable communities to host events and activities in the square. 

The fund will provide up to £2,500 for any community organisation to host your activity or event in the spaces available at Fellowship Square, in three rounds throughout 2022. 

Applications will be welcomed during 3 windows throughout 2022 to 2023. 

Application Window Open

Projects to be delivered between

Applicants notified of outcome by

1 December 2021 to 16 January 2022   

Mid February 2022 to 31 May 2022

1 February 2022

1 to 30 April 2022

Mid June 2022 to 31 August 2022

30 May 2022

1 July to 4 August 2022

Mid September 2022 to 11 December 2022    

22 August 2022

Apply for the Community in Fellowship Square Fund (Word)

Download the full guidance (PDF)

Tiers of funding

Type of fund: Tier 1

Awards up to: £1,000

Who can apply: Organisations with an annual income of under £250,000 per year or structured groups of residents

When to apply: Applications will be open during the months of December to January, April and July

Type of fund: Tier 2

Awards up to: £2,500

Who can apply: Organisations with an annual income of under £250,000 per year

When to apply: Applications will be open during the months of December to January, April and July

Who can apply

Applications are accepted from any constituted voluntary, community or recreational group working with residents in the London Borough of Waltham Forest.

Examples of these include:

  • Unregistered community group
  • Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO)
  • Registered charity
  • Charitable company or Social Enterprise (companies must have asset locks, be not-for-profit and without share capital)
  • Community Interest Company (CIC)
  • Structured groups of residents (Tier 1 only)

For Tier 1 only, we will also accept applications from structured groups of local residents who have formed for a specific purpose. They may be an established group who have been meeting for a number of years or a group who have recently formed for a one-off event or purpose.

Social Enterprises and Community Interest Companies (CICs) are only eligible to apply for a grant if they operate on a wholly not-for-profit basis. This means that the following criteria must all be met:

  • 100% of surplus funds are reinvested into the organisation
  • executive directors operate in a voluntary capacity and not as paid shareholders
  • as an indicator of the above, there is no ‘profit distribution’ clause and/or an ‘asset lock’ in the governing document

What we can fund

Applications for both Tiers 1 and 2 of the Fellowship Fund must meet the following essential criteria:

  • Projects should be for one-off projects or short term activities with no more than 4 individual sessions – e.g. 1 activity each week for 1 month.
  • At least 90% of the project’s beneficiaries must be Waltham Forest residents.
  • Projects must demonstrate how they will achieve the grant objectives of ‘Celebrating different communities coming together to create new positive social connections in Fellowship Square’

Examples of projects that may be funded through the Fellowship Fund are:

  • Cultural celebrations in Fellowship Square
  • Flag raising celebrations and associated activities, such as performances, drinks receptions etc.
  • Community picnics
  • Healthy activity sessions
  • Community choirs
  • Family fun days

We will aim to distribute funding equally to communities based across Waltham Forest, however priority will be given to projects which engage the following groups of residents:

  • Carers
  • Disabled people (Including residents with a mental health condition)
  • LGBTQ+
  • Older people (65 and over)
  • Residents from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic heritage
  • Residents who earn a low income
  • Young People (11 to 25 year olds)

Key information

  • Applications will only be assessed after each application window has closed. Successful applicants will be notified by the date outlined above.
  • If an organisation is successful in gaining funding they can reapply in a subsequent application window, however the project being delivered must reach new participants.
  • If an organisation has been unsuccessful in a previous application window, they are eligible to submit another application for a project in a subsequent application window. 

What you will be expected to provide if your application is successful:

Event organisers must submit an event plan, method statement, risk assessment and evidence of public liability (third party) indemnity insurance before your activity.

Other documentation may also be required depending on the nature of your event (e.g. safeguarding policies). Council officers will be able to provide support and guidance on exactly what is required and how to put these together. You can use this funding to ensure the above policies are in place prior to your event or activity. 

What will be provided for your event:

  • Outdoor space or indoor meeting rooms to suit requirements
  • Access to fountain and music system
  • Access to toilet facilities
  • Contacts for approved catering providers for food related events
  • Security / Fellowship Hosts to support event / activities – if your event involves large numbers of residents, there may be a charge for additional staffing
  • Marketing & communications around your activity / event 

If you have any questions, please get in touch with us at

The application form should be returned to by 31 July 2022.

Hand-written applications will also be accepted, please post your application form to the below address by the appropriate deadline.

FAO Communities Team

Waltham Forest Town Hall
Forest Road
E17 4JF