Grants of up to £1,000 to be given to organisations celebrating Windrush

Hackney Council is offering microgrants of up to £1,000 to cultural organisations to hold activities that celebrate the legacy of the Windrush Generation.

Celebrating the contribution of the Windrush Generation is a key commitment made by Hackney Council when they became the first borough to introduce a comprehensive Windrush motion in 2018. The grants form part of the Council’s ongoing work to honour the motion and celebrate the huge contributions the Windrush community continue to bring to Hackney and the UK.

The Windrush generation refers to people who arrived in the UK from the Caribbean between 1948 and 1971 to take up work in Britain after WWII. 

Funding from the Government’s Windrush Day grant scheme helped support groups who participated in the 2020 celebrations of the Council’s award-winning Windrush Generation Festival. Further microgrants will now support winning plans taking place between October 2020 - March 2021 and could be used to programme events within Black History season from October. 

Applicants can choose to run an activity, workshop or an event for any age or background that meet the Windrush Microgrant fund objectives to celebrate, commemorate or educate on the ongoing legacy of the Windrush community.

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: “In Hackney, the honouring of our Windrush community and the fight for justice after the Windrush Scandal is a year-round affair. As we acknowledge the disproportionate effect coronavirus has had on our Black community, the Council’s lobbying to end the hostile environment policies, and the vital focus on inequality the Black Lives Matter movement has evoked, it’s never felt more important to celebrate and educate everyone on the legacy and contributions the Windrush Community brings. I look forward to seeing the ideas we are able to support that help us achieve just that."
Cllr Carole Williams, Cabinet Member for Employment, Skills and Human Resources

Apply for a Windrush microgrant

To apply for a Windrush microgrant please complete the online form by midnight on 27 September 2020. If you have any queries, please email Sheerie Barker, sheerie.barker@hackney.gov.uk.

Successful organisations will be asked to submit proof of eligibility and sign a short, written agreement with Hackney Council. The delivery of activities is subject to the Council’s accountability and grant conditions. All microgrant holders will join up with the Government’s communications strategy for all activities.

Notes to editors

  • To find out how Hackney Council is supporting the Windrush generation through the Windrush Scandal and for more on the motion set in 2018 visit the Hackney Council dedicated Windrush webpage. 
  • For images of previous Windrush Generations Festivals, visit the Hackney Council Flickr page for pictures of the baking day and tea party.
  • Find out more about the plans for the permanent Windrush artwork on the Hackney Council website. The winning artist was announced on National Windrush Day.