Microgrants of up to £2,000 available to help celebrate and support Windrush generation

Hackney Council is offering microgrants of up to £2,000 to community groups and organisations to help fund events, educational activities, legal workshops, public awareness campaigns, mental health and well-being classes, and other projects that celebrate or support the Windrush generation.

A total of £20,000 has been made available to provide help to those impacted by the Windrush scandal, and which highlight the contribution of the Windrush generation, in the form of arts and cultural events, and initiatives.

2022 marks 74 years since the UK began to benefit from the Windrush generation’s arrival. This year’s microgrant scheme is focused on supporting ideas that not only help expand the narrative of the Windrush generation but also fund campaigns that help those eligible for the Windrush Compensation Scheme. While the majority of Windrush migrants were British Citizens from the Caribbean, many arriving between 1948 and 1971 were from other Commonwealth countries and are also eligible for the scheme.

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

This year we are asking community groups and organisations in Hackney ‘what will you do for Windrush?’ and providing more funding to support projects that raise awareness in the community and offer practical support to the Windrush generation and their descendents. 

It is vital we do more to support residents with their eligibility and applications to ensure that anyone and everyone impacted by the Windrush Scandal receives the help to which they are entitled.

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

In 2018 Hackney became the first UK Council to pass a comprehensive motion in Parliament committing to commemorate National Windrush Day (22 June), and actively lobby the government for justice for those affected by the Windrush scandal. This Windrush Day sees the unveiling of the second of two permanent public artworks commissioned by Hackney, by artists Veronica Ryan and Thomas J Price, the first in the UK to honour the Windrush generation.

To apply for a Windrush Microgrant, please complete and send the application form by Wednesday 20 April, 2022. bit.ly/hackney-windrush-grants 

Notes to editors 

The application for funding of grants of up to £2,000 is open to community groups, not-for-profit organisations and local venues based in Hackney. All applications must be submitted by midnight 20 April 2022.

Successful projects and events to celebrate or raise awareness about the Windrush generation should be delivered within the month of June 2022. Activity to support residents with the Windrush Compensation scheme can be delivered at any time between 2022 - May 2023.