CIDA Helpdesk


Before reaching CIDA Helpdesk, let’s what is CIDA. CIDA is the Cultural Industries Development Agency is a specialist business support organization which champions the development of the creative and cultural industries in Tower Hamlets and East London. CIDA Helpdesk offers free support and advice to individuals and organizations in the following areas:


  • CIDA Helpdesk Information – on creative sectors, job opportunities, training and funding
  • CIDA Helpdesk Advice – marketing and business growth
  • Training – project management and support
  • Investment – project development and fundraising
  • Promotion – events and marketing initiatives
  • Links and Networking – signposting and projects


CIDA provides services for all these cultural industries sectors and more:


Accessories, Art & Design, Designer Makers, Fashion Design, Festivals and Events

Film & Video, Glass & Metalwork, Music, Performing Arts, Photography, Painting

Television, Visual Arts, Writing etc


CIDA has CIDA Helpdesk and monthly newsletter too. For the newsletter to be relevant, close to the community and up-to-date, they invite you to inform them of any issues related to the local cultural industries sector.


Now if you have any of these questions then CIDA has CIDA Helpdesk can help you. Are you a small community group working with young people? Are you looking for funding? Are you based in Tower Hamlets?


The Local Network Fund is a government initiative managed by the Children and Young People’s Unit, and offers grants from £250 to £7,000 to small, local community groups working with children and young people from 0 to 19 years of age. They are looking for applications from voluntary organizations as well as informal groups of young people or parents to set up activities or services for children and young people to ensure that they get the best start in life.