Blue Creator Fund invites applications from 18-30 year old UK-based creatives from underrepresented backgrounds to bring the story of Chelsea and its community to light (application deadline: 26th June 2024)

Chelsea FC and the Chelsea Foundation in London, in collaboration with VERSUS, are bringing back the Blue Creator Fund to empower the next generation of creators.

5 UK-based winners from underrepresented backgrounds will be awarded funding for their creative projects. All artistry is welcome: whether you are a musician, content creator, poet or playwright, rapper, fashion stylist, photographer or designer, Chelsea and VERSUS want you to bring the story of Chelsea and its community to light.

Applications are welcomed from those who are aged 18-30, UK-based and come from a neglected, marginalised, disadvantaged and/or minoritized background.

The deadline for applications is Friday 26th June 2024.

The Blue Creator Fund was created to disrupt the state of play, redefine the status quo and diversify football off the pitch. It was established as part of Chelsea’s No to Hate campaign, which works to break down barriers to change the culture of the game of football.

The funders note that  Chelsea is a hub for creativity. However, the playing field is not level for creatives: in London, the odds of working in the creative industry are halved for those from minority backgrounds.

o Each winner will receive £20,000 to share their creativity with the world, as well as across Chelsea and VERSUS’ platforms.
o Working closely with Chelsea and VERSUS, winners will have insider access to the world of football to make their projects truly special.
o Winners will also have the unparalleled opportunity to display their work in a weekend exhibition at the iconic Saatchi Gallery in March 2025, attended by both football and London’s leading creatives.

For further information and details about how to apply, please visit the Chelsea Foundation website.