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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.

Application form is open

Once you've logged in you will need to set up your application, it's referred to as Project in our online form:

  1. Log into the form
  2. Go to Programmes and Projects menu and select Projects
  3. Click Create New in the green box on the top right corner
  4. Type in your Project Title e.g. Enfield London Borough of Culture
  5. Select London Borough Culture from the Programme dropdown options
  6. Select London Borough of Culture from the project type dropdown options

Now you've set up your application, all you need to do is fill in all blocks and once you're happy, submit your application.

If you have any issues, get in touch with us: [email protected]

Preparing for your application

  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 answers
  3. Start developing your application in partnership with cultural organisations, local partners and communities

Not sure about something? Check our Frequently Asked Questions

You can now view the draft funding agreement which will be issued to the winning boroughs. 

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

What’s the timeline?

Date What's happening
30 June 2017 Programme launch and competition opened
Thu 7 September  Event: LBOC and Young London: workshop to explore the value of taking a child centred approach to developing your bid and delivering your programme. Find out more here
Fri 6 October Event: Culture sector partnerships: City Hall. Bringing key cultural organisations together with borough bid leads with the aim of developing new and exciting partnerships. 
Tuesday 31 October: 1pm-4.30pm

Event: London Borough Of Culture evaluation workshop: Led by our official evaluating partner, The Audience Agency. 

This is a free event - if you would like to attend, please let us know by email at [email protected] by Wednesday 25 October.

14 November. 1pm -4.30pm

London Culture Forum: Working with Business Improvement Districts and Developing a Night Time Economy

If you’d like to reserve a place at the Forum, contact Serena Perry at London Councils via email at: [email protected]

1 December 2017 Deadline for submission of bids
Feb 2018

Winners announced

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Missed the Mayoral launch and stakeholder event?

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

Why you should get involved: a message from the Mayor