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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 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: more details coming soon
Tuesday 31 October Event: LBOC evaluation workshop: Led by our official evaluating partner, The Audience Agency - more details coming soon 
November - dates tbc Events: Working with Business Improvement Districts and Developing a Night Time Economy: details coming soon 
1 December 2017 Deadline for submission of bids
Feb 2018

Winners announced

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

Surgery slots will be allocated on a first come first serve basis with further dates released in September for those not allocated a slot or not ready to discuss their application at this time. The surgeries will last for approximately two hours and the team will come to you. Please see below for dates and times of slots available to your borough.

So, that we can best help you in your session please can you include the answer to the following questions in your email:

  • What stage of development are you in your application?
  • What are your key challenges at the moment?
  • Are there any specific areas you wish to discuss ie artform, placemaking, cultural infrastructure, youth engagement etc

How to book a surgery

To book please email [email protected] with your first and second preferences and answers to the above questions. We won’t be able to guarantee your first choice but will try and accommodate where possible. 

Dates and times available for Bexley, Croydon, Greenwich and Bromley
  • Tuesday 3 October, 10am-12pm - BOOKED
  • Tuesday 3 October, 2pm-4pm - BOOKED
  • Tuesday 24 October, 10am-12pm
  • Tuesday 24 October, 2pm-4pm
Dates and times available for Kingston, Richmond, Sutton, Merton, Wandsworth and Hammersmith & Fulham
  • Wednesday 13 September, 10am-12pm - BOOKED
  • Wednesday 20 September, 10am-12pm
  • Wednesday 27 September, 10am-12pm - BOOKED
  • Wednesday 4 October, 10am-12pm - BOOKED
  • Wednesday 11 October, 10am- 12pm
  • Wednesday 18 October, 10am- 12pm
  • Wednesday 25 October, 10am -12pm
Dates and times available for Barking & Dagenham, Enfield, Havering, Redbridge, Waltham Forest and Haringey
  • Tuesday 12 September, 10am-12pm - BOOKED
  • Tuesday 12 September, 3pm-5pm - BOOKED
  • Tuesday 19 September, 10am-12pm - BOOKED
  • Tuesday 19 September, 2pm-4pm - BOOKED
  • Tuesday 10 October, 10am- 12pm
  • Tuesday 10 October, 2pm -4pm 
  • Thursday 12 October, 2pm-4pm
Dates and times available for Barnet, Brent, Ealing, Harrow, Hounslow and Hillingdon
  • Thursday 14 September, 10am-12pm
  • Tuesday 14 September, 2pm-4pm - BOOKED
  • Thursday 28 September, 10am-12pm - BOOKED
  • Thursday 28 September, 2pm-4pm
  • Tuesday 17 October, 10am-12pm
  • Tuesday 17 October, 2pm-4pm
  • Thursday 26 October, 10am-12pm
  • Thursday 26 October, 2pm-4pm
Dates and times available for Tower Hamlets, Newham, Camden, Islington, RKBC, Westminster, Southwark, Lewisham, Lambeth and Hackney
  • Tuesday 26 September, 10am-12pm - BOOKED
  • Tuesday 26 September, 2pm-4pm - BOOKED
  • Friday 29 September, 10am-12pm - BOOKED
  • Friday 29 September, 2pm-4pm
  • Thursday 5 October, 10am-12pm - BOOKED
  • Thursday 5 October, 2pm-4pm - BOOKED
  • Thursday 19 October - 10am-12pm
  • Thursday 19 October - 2pm-4pm

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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