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Take part in Grow Your Idea 2

Do you have an idea or a group that you want to develop?

We’re looking for passionate and creative local people who want to make a real difference in this community. Our community competition, Grow Your Idea 2, is offering start-up support to six new group leaders to run activities or groups here at The Mill, thanks to funding from St James Big Local and Cooperative Food.

Grow Your Idea 2 is an amazing opportunity to learn new skills, connect with other local people and build your confidence in your idea. You’ll be given a package of support:

  • Free room hire
  • A small bursary
  • Mentoring support to get your idea up and running
  • Training in sustainability to help your group continue after the funding finishes.

To be eligible to apply you need to be

  • A Waltham Forest resident
  • Aged 18 or over
  • Have an idea you can deliver between April – December 2018 at The Mill.

Our focus on potentially isolated or vulnerable people

Here at The Mill we want to develop opportunities for people in our community who are potentially isolated or vulnerable – this includes people with low English speaking skills, refugees, unemployed, older people, people with disabilities, new parents or new residents. Ideas that could benefit the needs of this these group will be given preference, but this does not mean that other applications will not be considered.

How to apply

Applications are open from 5 March to 30 March 2018.

To apply, please download and complete an Grow Your Idea 2 Application and Equality and Diversity Monitoring Form GYI2. Please send completed forms to

We will announce the winning ideas on 13 April 2018.

If you have any further questions please see our Frequently Asked Questions or come along to our drop in Information Morning on 10 March 2018 from 10-2pm.

For more information email our Project Coordinator,  Charlotte on or sign up to our newsletter.

A huge thank you to St James Big Local and Cooperative Food for funding 2018’s community competition.

About Grow Your Idea

CoverSince we opened our doors one of our missions has been to support local groups and individuals to grow. We’re proud to have worked with so many people who have incubated their ideas at The Mill with the help of our community competition prize – Grow Your Idea. They have brought amazing new activities and workshops to engage the whole community and thousands of new visitors through our doors.

We’ve learned so much in the last six years of what works (and what doesn’t!) and have honed our approach.

The story of this journey is told in our publication – Grow Your Idea