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Thursday, January 10th, 2019

New Fund to Celebrate the Windrush Generation – central govt

The UK Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government is inviting applications from organisations looking to run a community led project or projects that will celebrate, commemorate and educate communities about the history of the MV Empire Windrush. Projects supported may feature or commemorate those who arrived on the ship, their contemporaries and descendants, and the contribution of the Windrush Generation to British economic, social and cultural life.

The overall aim of each project must be to have a positive impact in at least one of three areas: celebration, commemoration and education. Projects should also aim to improve community cohesion and relations between different groups and may, for example, include:

  • Music and performance arts projects
  • Dominoes tournaments and other relevant community events
  • Quilts, murals and other community arts projects
  • Storytelling projects, collation and sharing of recipes, songs, music, antiques
  • Community street parties, Carnivals & Tea parties
  • Educational events, seminars & lectures
  • Work with schools including assemblies, educational trips and creative project work
  • Scholarships and exchange programmes
  • Religious services
  • Collation & opening of archives and collections
  • Arts installations and exhibitions

A total of £500,000 is available from 2018 to 2020 to fund events across the country. From this, £350,000 will be exclusively provided via local authorities, whilst £150,000 will be available for charities and community groups.

Grants of £2,500 and up to £25,000 will be awarded. Organisations requiring less than £2,500 should, in the first instance, contact their local authority to request inclusion in a larger bid.

Projects costing more than £25,000 will need to provide match funding; evidence of this will be required on the application form

The deadline for applications is midnight on 21 January 2019