Open Call

Make Room: Project Bursary

Applications are now open for the Studio and Project Bursaries!

Project Bursaries provide £500 to develop and test a community project or event with access to one-to-one mentoring and production support to be delivered between July-December 2019.


Information Events

Tuesday 14 May, 5-7pm

Thursday 23 May, 12-2pm 


Project Bursaries will support artists* who have a creative idea that responds to the local community with positive change at its core and aim to support local people to lead programming for and in their own communities. 

We are offering seed grants of £500 to up to three individuals or groups to develop and test an idea. Whether your idea is at its early stages or you are ready to test your project, we encourage you to get in contact. Through mentoring opportunities and community networks, we will help you to develop your idea, experiment and deliver the first phase of the project.

We are interested in hearing from people who want to see change within their community. You may want to put on an activity for a specific group within your community or have identified a call for something that is not currently being provided in your area. Project Bursaries aim to support local people to design and lead programming for and in their own communities with the aim of developing new approaches to community-led programming.


If you are interested in the Project Bursary, please contact Ella at, call 020 8220 1172 or attend one of our information events to find out more. 


Projects should:

•    Elevate ambition in the local community and give people the confidence to follow their talents

•    Develop various forms of creative practice or thinking and support development of new skills and knowledge

•    Connect with people and amplify local voices

Project Bursaries include: 

•    £500 funding for developing and testing a community project

•    Six one-to-one mentoring to support concept development, budgeting, community engagement, evaluation, sustainability and future ambition

•    Support from a community network engaging in current The White House programming

•    Opportunity to host public event(s) in the form of your choosing if desired 


Artists will gain: 

•       Access to engage with and be based within an active and community-oriented arts space 

•       Connections to other artists, groups and community members using The White House

•       Ongoing artist development within a supportive and nurturing environment 

•       Opportunity to support development of peer network of creatives working across the borough 

•       New approaches to working together and opportunity to inform programming at The White House


You will: 

•    Be an individual artist, collective or group

•    Have a good understanding of the positive change you want to bring about

•    Be part of the community you want to benefit e.g. an LGBTQ+ project should be led by an individual from the LGBTQ+ community

•    Work, live or study in Barking and Dagenham or neighbouring boroughs of Havering, Redbridge and Newham

•    Have an interest in The White House programme and/or working collaboratively and within social contexts 

•    Be over 18 years old

•    No qualifications or formal arts education is required to apply


We particularly encourage artists from groups that are under-represented in the arts to apply, for example artists with Black, Asian or minority ethnic heritage, those who are facing barriers due to difficult socio-economic situations and those who identify as LGBTQ+ or have disabilities. We ask artists to make this clear when applying, if applicable.


*What we mean when we say ‘Artist’?

You don’t need formal arts training/education to be involved or even need to refer to yourself as an ‘artist’. When we use the term ‘artist’ it encompasses many different acts and forms of creativity. You could be involved in making, community organizing, local activism, be part of a community group or collective, organise events, curate, write poetry or stories, collect or archiving found material, make film/video or music, photograph, paint, draw, sculpt, design, make sound/light installations or design/make fashion and textiles.


Important Dates:

Drop-in information events: Tuesday 14 May, 5-7pm & Thursday 23 May, 12-2pm 

Deadline: Sunday 2 June 2019, 7pm

Interviews: Tuesday 18 & Thursday 20 June 2019

Applicants notified of outcome by: Friday 28 June 2019

Bursary period begins: Tuesday 2 July 2019



Next Steps

If you are interested in the Project Bursary, please contact Ella at, call 020 8220 1172 or attend one of our information events to find out more. 

We are happy to provide information and the application form in other formats if required. We welcome forms completed in a written, video or audio format. 

Please do not hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions.



How we make decisions

FIRST STAGE - 3 - 7 June 2019

The White House staff will read all registration forms and ensure they fulfil “you will” criteria. We may be in contact for clarification where necessary.

SECOND STAGE - 18 - 20 June 2019

We will invite those who meet the “you will” criteria to meet The White House staff and community member. This will be an informal interview to find out more about you. We will score each conversation on four criteria: 

  • Positive change - does the project clearly identify the need or goal for positive change?

  • Art – is the proposal challenging and inspiring? 

  • Community - does this project expand or develop our current audiences?

  • Value to artist - will the artist benefit from funding and mentoring opportunities?

As this opportunity is for up to three different projects, we will also take into consideration how the three projects sit alongside each other.