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Notice: Culture Seeds. Funding available.

More information here: london.gov.uk

Communities can now bid for grants of between £1,000-£5,000 as part of the Mayor's Culture Seeds funding programme.

The new grants will be used to support community-led cultural projects in every London borough.

Culture Seeds aims to help groups that usually miss out on grants because they are too small, too informal or from marginalised communities.

The Mayor wants to see more local arts and culture activities created and put on by local people in London. That’s why Culture Seeds is aimed firmly at grassroots organisations.

The grants are for funding arts, culture and heritage projects and activities. This includes visual and performing arts (music, dance and theatre), film screenings, digital art, cultural events/festivals, literature, spoken word, reading groups, craft and making activities, choirs/singing groups and creative writing.

Projects must have local people at their heart. We want projects that offer shared creative experiences to bring communities together. We will prioritise projects that support people on lower incomes, and connect communities that lack access to cultural resources and funding.

Who can apply?
- individual Londoners
- not-for-profit organisations with an annual turnover of less than £50,000

You don’t have to be a formally constituted group. However, you should have a bank account with two signatories or nominate an organisation who can accept the funds on your behalf.

You must also provide two referees who can vouch for your work in your local community.

How much can I apply for?
- You can apply for anything between £1,000-£5,000.

When can I apply?
- You can register your interest now and apply for funding from 1 May 2018. You will hear back after around six weeks.

More information here: london.gov.uk