Windrush Grant Scheme: Powerful Projects to Promote Awareness
The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) has launched The Windrush Day Grant Scheme which aims to encourage community engagement in projects to celebrate the arrival of MV Empire Windrush in June 1948.
The Grant Scheme is part of the Government’s efforts to celebrate, commemorate and educate about the Windrush Generation and their contribution to British society through meaningful projects in England. Windrush Day is on 22nd June and recognises the arrival and subsequent contribution to society of 492 Caribbean migrants who later became known as the Windrush Generation. The day should be a starting point for all successful projects and certainly all activities must be completed by 31st December 2021.
This is a fantastic initiative that aims to foster community cohesion and champion a sense of pride of those British Caribbean communities who came to help rebuild post-war Britain at such a fractious time in modern history.
Those eligible include local authorities, registered charities or registered community interest companies and community groups. The minimum amount available is £2,500 and the maximum is £25,000, with a total budget of up to £500,000 to fund activities across England. Parties will be notified in May as to whether their bid has been successful.
- Some activities for achieving the aims of the scheme could include educational events such as seminars and lectures. Collaborations with partner organisations - such as local museums and libraries - to create historic research, including archiving, oral history and public exhibitions will also be accepted. These types of programmes are particularly valuable as there is scope for reaching a broad and diverse audience, who may not have otherwise understood the large impact the Windrush Generation had on Britain.
Applications for funding will remain open until 10 March 2021, so there is still just over 3 weeks to apply for the scheme.
We urge all those eligible to take advantage of this excellent opportunity to have a lasting impact on communities through the coordination and delivery of bold and engaging initiatives. Through which, we can show how much we, as a nation value this generation and their enormous contribution to national life and Britain’s broader economic, social and cultural fabric.
If you think the Windrush Grant Scheme is something your organisation would like to apply for or that you would like to know more about, please click here for further information.