Apply now for a Windrush microgrant to celebrate Hackney’s Windrush Generation

Microgrants between £500 - £1000 are available to community groups with great ideas to help celebrate, commemorate and educate Hackney on the valuable contributions of the Windrush generation.

Events or activities may be selected as part of the borough’s award-winning Windrush Generations Festival in June 2021, or as part of the Council’s ongoing work to honour the community. 

Funds are available to local community groups and not-for-profit organisations involved in history, music, performance, filmmaking, writing, poetry or artists who wish to bring creative Windrush-themed ideas to life and are open for everyone to enjoy. They could be hosted online or in-person provided covid-secure measures are met, and restrictions are lifted. 

Projects can take place between National Windrush Day 2021 on June 22 and 31 December 2021, and are invited to cover one of the following themes.

  • Virtual arts and cultural events and online exhibitions
  • Digital skills training in the community
  • Archiving and production of historical collections, audio recordings and films
  • Literature and writing workshops 
  • Sports and leisure activities
  • Health, food and wellbeing 
  • Intergenerational projects that connect diverse communities

Successful applicants will feature on the major new ‘Hackney Windrush’ website as part of Hackney’s Windrush Art Commission in partnership with Create London supported by Freelands Foundation. The site will launch on National Windrush Day and feature information on the forthcoming artworks that will see Hackney become home to the UK’s first public, permanent expression of honour to the Windrush Generation. 

Apply now via the online form by 1 June 2021.

Cllr Carole Williams, Cabinet Member for Employment, Skills and Human Resources
Cllr Carole Williams, Cabinet Member for Employment, Skills and Human Resources and the Council's Windrush Lead, said: “Hackney’s Windrush activities will be significantly more important than ever as we emerge from lockdown and reflect on what’s been a grueling year for both our health and the fight to insist that Black Lives Matter. While we have had to be apart, we’re now looking forward to bringing the community together again to reignite the talent and spirit of the Windrush community. I look forward to seeing how the microgrants will be used to celebrate, commemorate and educate Hackney on their valuable contributions”. 

Cllr Carole Williams, Cabinet Member for Employment, Skills and Human Resources

Notes for editors 

Apply for a Hackney Windrush Microgrant by 1 June 2021 by filling out the online form at bit.ly/WRGrant21

Read more about the Council’s commitments to the Windrush Generation. 

Read more about the Windrush Artwork Commission due in October 2021 and June 2022.