Ideas Kitchen can help fund creative projects in Waltham Forest

If you have a creative project that can benefit the community in Waltham Forest, a new initiative could fund your idea for display at the Walthamstow Garden Party this July.

The Ideas Kitchen, modelled on the Detroit Soup Kitchen, is an initiative by the Barbican and four local key partners that make up the community board: BeBop Baby, Gnome House, The Mill, and X7eaven Productions.

The Ideas Kitchen is open to people that live, work or study in the borough of Waltham Forest.

The ideas submitted will be shortlisted to four applicants, who will then be asked to pitch their ideas at a community dinner held at Gnome House. Everyone attending the dinner will pay a £5 donation on the door, which will give them the opportunity to vote for their favourite project.

The applicant with the most votes will walk away with money raised on the door (which will also be match funded by up to £400) and the opportunity to develop their project to be featured at the Walthamstow Garden Party.

Applicants can download the application form here and the budget template here. Both forms must be submitted to with ‘The Ideas Kitchen’ in the subject line.

The deadline for this round is 12pm, Wednesday 25 May.

The four successful applicants will be invited to pitch their ideas at the Gnome House community dinner on Saturday 18 June. Ideas that are unsuccessful this time are encouraged to apply later in the year.

The Ideas Kitchen is looking for ideas that…

  • are original
  • benefit the community
  • have a creative element
  • involve more than one person
  • can be delivered by you, the lead applicant
  • cost no more than £800
  • are able to happen at the Walthamstow Garden Party on the 16 and 17 July
  • are suitable for one of the following spaces: The E17 Community Tent (6m wide circle) , The Dreamers and Diggers stage (4m x 2m wide), a small patch of grass.

Walthamstow Garden Party is produced by Barbican and Create in partnership with key local organisations in Waltham Forest.

Any further questions can be submitted to Barbican community engagement manager




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