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Funding support for your Windrush 75 activities

2023 sees the 75th anniversary of the HMT Empire Windrush arriving in Britain on 22 June 1948, which brought the first 800 people from the Caribbean who came to help re-build Britain during its post-war labour shortage.

Across East London, communities are already planning activities, projects and commissions to honour the achievements and contributions made by the Windrush generations who came to work and live here from 1948 to 1973.

If you’re planning activities this year or interested in being part, there are several funding and arts commissions available from local East London borough councils and from government.

The Foundation for Future London supports Windrush 75 and its aim to create cohesion, belonging and celebration in local communities. We have funded several Windrush projects such as Paula David’s “Windrush and Beyond: Stories of Migration” which gave British Caribbean residents the opportunity to take part in intergenerational conversations, supported by our Connecting People and Places Fund, co-funded by City of London.

And if you’re planning events, don’t forget to join the Windrush 75 network to add your events and help make this a year of national celebrations of our shared history.

UK-wide

Community groups, charities and councils are now be able to bid for their share of the £750,000 pot of funding to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the arrival of the Windrush community in their local areas.

Each area can bid for up to £50,000 to fund celebratory parades, educational resources, arts and sporting projects, providing they are focused on the contribution of the Windrush generation and their descendants.

Applications must be completed by midday on Wednesday 22 February 2023.

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Hackney

Hackney Council is offering microgrants of up to £2,000 for community groups and organisations to fund projects that celebrate or support the Windrush generation and their descendants.

Microgrants are open to community groups, not-for-profit organisations and local venues based in Hackney, to fund events, activities, workshops, public awareness campaigns, mental health and well-being classes, and other projects that expand the narrative of the Windrush story or help preserve and share the history of Windrush for future generations.

A total of £10,000 has been made available for projects to take place throughout 2023. The deadline for applications is midnight on Friday 17 March, with successful applicants announced the following week.

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Waltham Forest

The London Borough of Waltham Forest are seeking proposals for a project to celebrate and commemorate the 75th anniversary of Windrush Day in June 2023. The fee is £20k. Open to individual artists and organisations. Deadline: 5 March 2023, 5pm

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