Grants to celebrate the Windrush generation now open to applications (deadline 8 December 2019)

Communities across the country can bid for a share of £500,000 funding to celebrate the outstanding contribution of the Windrush generation and their descendants to the nation’s social, economic, political and religious life.

The annual Windrush grant scheme is open to applications until Sunday 8 December as communities around the country celebrate Black History Month, which takes place from 1 to 31 October 2020.

The fund will provide up to £25,000 to local councils, charities and community groups seeking to host events for Windrush Day 2020 (22 October annually).

The grant scheme supported 50 groups across the country celebrate the inaugural national Windrush Day earlier this year with events including educational workshops, cricket matches, street parties and historical exhibitions.

The grant scheme is overseen by the Windrush Day Advisory Panel made up of community representatives. The Advisory Panel will consider how best to celebrate Windrush Day each year. Made up of community representatives from locations around the country, the Panel provides advice directly to government. It will ensure that winning bids are appropriate and resonate with Caribbean communities.

Between 4 and 22 November 2019 the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government will be hosting workshops in Bristol, Birmingham, Manchester, London and Sheffield to support groups during the grant application process. See further information. Sign up details will be posted at this link to the GOV.UK website shortly.

To apply, download an application form and return the completed form to windrushdaygrants@cuf.org.uk.  Please include ‘Windrush Day Grant’ in the subject line.

The scheme is open to applications now and closes on Sunday 8 December 2019. 

Further information can be found on the GOV.UK website, while a link to the guidance notes and application forms (there are separate forms for community groups and local authorities) is available HERE.