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Apply to become the London Borough of Culture

A new competition for the 32 London boroughs to apply for funding to lead a game changing cultural programme.

Two winning boroughs will be named London Borough of Culture, one in 2019 and one in 2020. And up to six other boroughs will receive support to deliver bespoke cultural projects.

What it's all about

Inspired by the UK City and European Capital of Culture Programmes, London Borough of Culture will put culture at the heart of the community, celebrating the unique and distinctive creativity, character and diversity of London’s people and places.

It is a chance for boroughs to be bold and imaginative, working collaboratively across their communities and with artists, to tell their local stories.

What’s the timeline?

Date What's happening
30 June 2017 Programme launch and competition opens
1 December 2017 Application deadline

Get started on your application

You’ll be able to apply online for the London Borough of Culture – going live in October. In the meantime, you should get a head start:

  1. Download the prospectus – to get a better look at this new competition and get inspired by other success stories
  2. View the application guidance – to help you prepare for your application
  3. Start developing your application in partnership with cultural organisations, local partners and communities

Not sure about something? Check our Frequently Asked Questions.

If you can’t find what you’re looking for, please get in touch with us at: [email protected]

Get support on your application at our one-to-one surgeries

Over the next few months we will host a series of surgeries where you can have a detailed discussion and develop your application. We will allocate surgeries on a first come first serve basis and will release more dates in the autumn.

The surgeries will last for approximately two hours and the team will come to you. .


How to book a surgery

Select a first and second preference from our list of dates and time slots available to your borough and email [email protected].  

We won’t be able to guarantee your first choice but will try and accommodate where possible.

To help you make the most of your surgery please include the following information in your email:

  • what stage of development are you at in your application? For example, are you just starting out, launched a campaign or building a partnership?
  • what are the key challenges for you at the moment in developing your bid? This could include making the case, partnership development or engaging the community?
  • are there any specific areas you wish to focus on? Such as art form, area specific/place making, cultural infrastructure, health, youth engagement?

Stay up to date

Sign up to our mailing list to receive regular bulletins and important updates. One senior lead in your local authority MUST sign up.

Missed the Mayoral Launch and Stakeholder event?

You can still catch up on the event and watch the keynote speeches, Q&A's, panels and performances.

Why you should get involved: a message from the Mayor