The Windrush Day Grant scheme is provided by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) and administered by the Church Urban Fund.
Communities across England can bid for a share of £500,000 funding to celebrate the contribution of the Windrush Generation and their descendants to the nation’s social, economic, political and religious life.
Windrush Day (22 June) was established to celebrate the large contribution of the Windrush Generation to Britain’s cultural, social and economic. The now annual grant scheme is intended to support celebrations in England that recognise the arrival of MV Empire Windrush at Port Tilbury on 21 July 1948 with 492 Caribbean migrants and the contribution of the migrants who later became known as the Windrush Generation.
Grants of between £2,500 and £25,000 to local councils, charities and community groups that seek to host events for Windrush Day 2020.
The funding is for projects and events that support the high-level objectives of the Windrush Day Grant, which are:
- To educate – activities should build awareness of historical facts and aim to deepen shared understanding about the Windrush generation and their descendants including those pioneers who arrived on the MV Empire Windrush in 1948 and those who came on boats and planes in the decades afterwards.
- To celebrate and recognise the Windrush Generation and their descendants – activities to mark National Windrush Day on 22 June 2020.
- To foster a greater sense of belonging among people of Caribbean background as part of the rich tapestry of the nation’s heritage.
- To build local community capacity.
- To encourage shared understanding of the Windrush story between those of different age groups and ethnic backgrounds and across all regions of the country.
Although June 22 marks National Windrush Day and should be a focal point for all projects, events and activities may take place over a longer period throughout the year up until 31 December 2020.
During November, MHCLG will be hosting bidders day events in Bristol, Birmingham, Manchester, London and Sheffield to offer guidance on how to develop a successful project and application.
The deadline for grant applications is 8 December 2019 (11:50pm).