Uplift is an initiative that supports local community projects to uplift their neighbourhoods.
We’re looking for East Londoners with early-stage projects or great ideas for uplifting your neighbourhood.
You’ll join a 6-month journey with a collective of local changemakers, to help you grow your idea and make a positive impact in your local area.
Promising projects will also be able to access up to £2,000 of funding to help sustain and grow their initiatives into the future.
We are keen to hear from a wide range of ideas and initiatives doing all kinds of different things, even if your project is in its early stages.
Projects need to demonstrate that they:
Support one or more of our three priorities:
Community groups, changemakers and individuals based in Newham, Tower Hamlets, Hackney or Waltham Forest.
You'll get access to 6-months of expert workshops, training and peer mentorship to help you build your skillset and grow your project.
You’ll also have the backing of the Echo community to put you and your project centre stage and a generous pot of Echos to access the skills, services and help you need from our influential network.
Selected the projects will receive £2,000 of funding to help kickstart or grow their project. You'll be able to shape your own journey guided by the Echo team and join a collective of 10 other purpose-driven projects to succeed together.
Echo has been delivering capacity building programmes since 2018, and to date we have supported more than 30 social innovators to launch and grow impactful projects.
Our Uplift cohort will be organised and hosted by experienced facilitators from the Echo team.
We’ve designed our programmes to adapt to your ambition - get tailored advice and guidance from seasoned professionals.
"Echo is great! It's given me the opportunity to meet with interesting, talented people across London. It's a rewarding and enjoyable way to grow as an individual and a business."
"The value I got from Echo is trusting your community, understanding that there are so many people out there that can help you, and to ask for help. Meeting other local entrepreneurs on similar journeys made a huge difference for me."
"Echo has provided me with a network of like minded people who have become firm friends. It has accelerated my business in a way I could never have done on my own. I absolutely love it!"
"Echo was instrumental in the early stages of our community project. The network has supported us with the know-how and tools to better serve our community."
"Not only have I found new clients, I've also found a community of folk who have such a diverse skill set; you can find someone here for everything from photography to newsletter design. I've already benefited so much!"
From the Young Entrepreneurs Alliance to Creative Networks, Echo’s programmes present a ready made opportunity to gain insight in and beyond your field.