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Grant funding for Black History Month 2024

Black History Month funding Join Southwark in honouring the achievements, culture and history of African, Caribbean and diaspora communities. Events should consider the 2024 programme theme: Unsung Heroes of Black History. The theme focuses on lesser-known figures in Black British history, bringing their stories and contributions to light to expand knowledge beyond the most commonly celebrated […]

Black History Month funding

Join Southwark in honouring the achievements, culture and history of African, Caribbean and diaspora communities.

Events should consider the 2024 programme theme: Unsung Heroes of Black History. The theme focuses on lesser-known figures in Black British history, bringing their stories and contributions to light to expand knowledge beyond the most commonly celebrated figures.

It is not compulsory to incorporate the theme into your event, but applications demonstrating links to the theme are encouraged.

Grants can be within three different ranges:

  • Up to £500
    • Small community celebrations
    • Organisations without a track record of delivering events
  • Up to £2,000
    • Innovative and exciting events, performances or workshops
  • Up to £2,499
    • Multiple events as part of a programme or festival
    • Large events with a wide public reach and several forms of entertainment and/or engagement, such as a free community fun day

50% of this funding is ring-fenced for organisations led by individuals identifying as Black, Asian or minority ethnic (BAME). The Council defines organisations as being BAME-led if at least 75% of the governing board or management committee self-identify this way.

More guidance on what is eligible for this grant programme can be found in Southwark Council’s guidance document.

To apply for this fund, please use the Council’s grant applications portal and select the ‘Black History Month’ tab at the bottom of the page.

Applications will be assessed by a panel consisting of a council officer and representatives from the Black Asian & Minority Ethnic community.

There will be two online Microsoft Teams information and advice sessions for potential applicants. Use the links below to book.

You can also watch the recording of the Funder Q&A from Monday 20th May:

Applications close at 9am on Monday 17th June.