Culture Seeds

Now open for applications

This is a two-year rolling programme, so you can apply at any time for funding between £1,000-£5,000.

The new grants will be used to support community-led cultural projects in every London borough.

Culture Seeds will support not-for-profit, small or informal organisations and groups as well as individuals as it is often harder for them to access funding.

Culture Seeds is part of the Mayor of London’s Strategy for Culture, Culture for all Londoners. It's part of the Mayor’s ambition to put culture at the heart of local communities, where it belongs.

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What are the grants for?

The Mayor wants to see more local arts and culture activities created and put on by local people in London. That’s why Culture Seeds is aimed firmly at grassroots organisations.

The grants are for funding arts, culture and heritage projects and activities. This includes:

  • visual and performing arts (like music, dance and theatre)
  • filmmaking and film screenings
  • heritage projects
  • digital art
  • cultural events/festivals
  • literature, spoken word, reading groups
  • craft and making activities
  • choirs/singing groups
  • creative writing

Projects must have local people at their heart. We want projects that offer shared creative experiences to bring communities together. We will prioritise projects that support people on lower incomes, and connect communities that lack access to cultural resources and funding.

The programme will also offer successful applicants help with:

  • marketing and monitoring your project
  • applying for future funding
  • recruiting and working with volunteers
Who can apply?
  • individual Londoners
  • not-for-profit organisations with an annual turnover of less than £50,000

You don’t have to be a formally constituted group. However, you should have a bank account with two signatories or nominate an organisation who can accept the funds on your behalf.

You must also provide two referees who can vouch for your work in your local community.

How much can I apply for?

You can apply for anything between £1,000-£5,000.

Africa in London

Africa in London, a new programme supported by the Mayor of London and the British Council, puts African cultural events in London, firmly on the map.

To continue the growth of African creativity in London, an additional £20,000 has been invested in Culture Seeds to be awarded to community-led creative projects with an African focus.

To be considered for Culture Seeds: Africa in London funding, your application must:

  • Meet the Culture Seeds Funding Criteria
  • Be submitted between 1 June-30 September 2019
  • Support community-led arts, culture and heritage projects with an African focus

Please include ‘Africa in London’ in your project title (Question 2.1)

Join us at our Culture Seeds roadshows

We will be hosting Culture Seeds roadshows around London to offer advice and guidance on applying.

We will be adding to this list all the time.

Current roadshows

  • Tuesday, 30 April, 10.30am-1.30pm, Premiere Cinemas, RM1. This will be a joint session with Arts Council England's National Lottery Project Grants. register
  • Tuesday, 14 May, 4.30pm-6.30pm, City Hall, SE1, register
  • Tuesday, 9 July, 9am-11.30am, City Hall, SE1, register
  • Thursday, 15 August, 10am-12pm, City Hall, SE1, register
  • Thursday, 19 September, 5pm-7pm, City Hall SE1, register

Apply now

Culture Seeds is now open for applications. Read the Culture Seeds prospectus, guidance notes and access the application form.

Culture Seeds is a two-year rolling programme. There are no deadlines and you can apply at any time. Applications are open until March 2020 for projects that end by May 2020. Please do not rush your application and read the Guidance Notes thoroughly to give yourself the best chance of being funded.

Projects we've funded so far

Take a look at the Culture Seeds projects we've funded so far:

June 2018
Applicant Project Borough Brief Description
Chantelle Clarke Echoes of Love Hackney Monthly writing and storytelling workshops to help BAME women living in Hackney to share stories about love.
Bisoye Babalola Holiday Club Lambeth A holiday club for local children aged 14-17 introducing them to the creative industries. They will work with local schools to identify participants. 
The Redbridge Music Lounge Music for the Mind Redbridge Taking music and singing activities to people in residential care around the borough.
Congo Great Lakes Initiative Soul of Art for our Beloved ones! Kensington and Chelsea Offers visual arts workshops to volunteers who helped in the aftermath of the Grenfell Tower Fire.
Sir Hubert von Herkomer Arts Foundation Queen's Crescent SUMMER HOLIDAY project in Arts and Photography courses supporting young people Camden Summer holiday project providing healthy meals and training in music, visual arts and photography to young people from Queen's Crescent Estate.
polkadots on raindrops Belonging Bromley Photography project, which is aimed at young people facing exclusion from mainstream education.
Learning Through the Arts Cultural Connections Brent Arts workshops for users of Ashford Place community centre to inspire and promote friendships.
Quernmore Road Regeneration Project Quernmore Road Summer Festival Haringey

One-day festival featuring music and dance performances, workshops for children and a performance from the local community choir.

Powerhouse for Women Powerhouse Performing Arts Summer School 2018 Newham A week-long performing arts project for women with learning difficulties in Newham. The group will work with theatre professionals to create a final public performance.
Friends of Globe Primary School (FOGS) Globe Road Mosaics of Animals from Around the World Tower Hamlets Children will design and make mosaic at workshops. Their creations will then be mounted on Globe Road for the whole community to enjoy.
Parsa Productions Generations Cinema Club Barnet Film screenings in Farsi for newly arrived Iranians and Farsi speakers with little knowledge of English. There will be screenings for both adults and children.
Grace Nicol Woman SRSLY Hackney A mentoring programme for female dance artists, including a final showcase. This new community platform celebrates inclusive dance and performance.
Will Ashcroft Whitecross Street Mandala Project Islington Bringing together residents of Whitecross Street Estates to create handpainted wooden benches and planters.
July 2018
Applicant Project Borough Brief Description
Communities4Change Panjabi Heritage Week Ealing A week of events to celebrate Southall's Panjabi community, including intergenerational workshops and displays of Panjabi artefacts.
WETRA - Wilton Estate Tenants and Residents Association Wilton EastEnd Knees Up Hackney The residents association will host creative activities including a music festival in a local park, winter ceilidh and toddler music workshops.
Restorative Justice for All Culture and Art For Unity (CA4U) Southwark Digital art workshops for children who don't access the arts outside of education. Workshops will use the Windrush generation and how they have shaped the local area as inspiration.
Korantema Anyimadu Black Hair and Heritage Exhibition Waltham Forest

A photography and storytelling project for African and Caribbean women living in Waltham Forest. Women will be asked to talk about their hair and how it has influenced their identity.

CONNAUGHT OPERA Free Concerts for Carers City of Westminster Fourteen free concerts for those looking after loved ones at carer centres around London.
Break Tha Cycle Black history celebrating arts and culture Waltham Forest This seven-week black history project offers arts workshops and events training for young people. Ends in a final evening showcase.
Notting Hill Carnival Pioneers Committee Notting Hill Carnival Pioneers (NHCP) Community Workshops Kensington and Chelsea Local artist-run workshops for all ages including percussion, design, composition and performance on the festival theme of Windrush's 70th anniversary.
Simone Sistarelli Popping For Parkinson's Merton Evening popping classes for people with Parkinson's in Merton.
Made in Merton Stitch, print, process! Merton Banner making at a local history and textiles project in Merton.
Stitch-School The Brixton Supper Cloth - Town Hall Textiles Lambeth Embroidery and creating a community-made artwork to be displayed permanently in Lambeth Town Hall Assembly Rooms.
Club Soda The Soda Beat Bands Croydon Young people with learning disabilities in Croydon will be supported to make and perform their own music.
Penificent Saving your Future Southwark A chance for young people in Southwark to explore gang crime through comic strips.
August 2018
Applicant Project Borough Brief Description

Reel Rebels Radio

(RRR)

Windrush Radio Arts Project (W.R.A.P) Hackney Oral history project for all ages. The aim is to create a set of curated podcasts about the Windrush generation and their contributions to Hackney.
The Ethnic Minority Centre Ephemeral Art Music and Dance Merton Dance and music workshops for children and young people in Merton libraries.
SMALL TALK TV Media skills workshops and 120 web series Redbridge An opportunity for BAME young people in Redbridge to learn media skills.
Alex Reuben KAS (Kennington, Kinesthetic Arts and Science) Lambeth A series of art walks for children and young people living on Kennington housing estates.
Christine Covill Whitton Remembers World War 1 Richmond-Upon-Thames A community arts project for all ages celebrating local history, particularly the centenary of the end of WW1.
James Moriarty Woodberry Warblers - Community Choir Hackney Supporting a community choir on the Woodbury Estate in Hackney.
Writerz and Scribez CIC Phoenix Project Croydon Poetry and creative writing workshops for homeless people and female domestic abuse survivors in Croydon.
Somali Deaf Centre Let's Sign Together - Somali Deaf Arts Project Hammersmith and Fulham Supporting Somali deaf people to plan a one-day event to celebrate their culture.
Golden Oldies Community Care Project Elders Writing and Connecting Southwark Weekly writing and singing workshops with older people in Southwark day care settings.
Excel Women's Centre CIC Her Dynamic - Somali Week Festival comes to Barking and Dagenham Barking and Dagenham Workshops and performances to celebrate Somali Week Festival at the Broadway Theatre, Barking.
September 2018
Applicant Project Borough Brief Description

Poppy Green

I Know This to be True Newham Arts and film project where older and younger artists can learn more about each other's creativity.
Benjamin Perrot The Workshop Haringey All-ages design and woodworking workshops for residents of Lowry House and Millicent Fawcett Court to create items and artefacts for display locally.
Friends of Bush Hill Park Urban Art for the Shelter in Bush Hill Park Enfield A new mural art project led by local comics artist, Karen Rubins, with local schoolchildren to update the shelter in Bush Hill Park.
Purple Moon Drama Graveyard Gang Tower Hamlets Drama workshops for young people to create a new play on the theme of grief and loss to tour local schools.
The Spitz Charitable Trust Focussing on the individual at Bridgeside Lodge Care Home Islington One-to-one music sessions for people living Bridgeside Lodge Care Home.
Caroline Heslop Music and Mind Camden A music concert at Kentish Town Health Centre with professional artists and members of the local mental health support group.
Davida Robinson True voices Redbridge Choir for young people aged 12-18 with performances at homeless centres and foodbanks.
October 2018
Applicant Project Borough Brief Description

Barking and Dagenham Youth Dance

BDYD Saturday Street Dance Barking and Dagenham Weekly dance classes for local young people.
Pennu Charity Elderly Ready, Steady Art Barking and Dagenham Monthly arts and culture events for older people in Barking and Dagenham.
Raheela Narchoor Connecting BAME women through writing Hounslow Weekly writing workshops for women born in conflict areas who now live in Hounslow.
The RecordShop The RecordShop Haringey A ten-week music recording programme for young people from poor households.
Khidr Collective Imagining New Worlds: British Muslims in the arts Waltham Forest     Arts showcase with zine making and poetry workshops for young people in Walthamstow.
Inspiring Your Imagination The Deptford Music Club/Studio Lewisham     Weekly training sessions for local people to use the music recording studio within Riverside Youth Centre.
 
November 2018
Applicant Project Borough Brief Description

South London Art Map

South London Art tour activities for 16-18-year olds Lewisham Supporting local young people to train as art tour guides and develop their own art tour content to reach others like them.
Creating Ground CIC Building Bridges Greenwich Storytelling, puppetry and outdoor theatre workshops for asylum-seeking, refugee and migrant women in Greenwich.
Phoebe Cullingworth Children's Portuguese Speaking Inspiration Choir Lambeth A new community choir for Portuguese-speaking young people in Lambeth.
Taal Dance away the heartache, dance away the tears, dance away the fears Hounslow     Dancing workshops and events for older people living in social housing in Hounslow.
Nigel Twumasi The StoryBoard Lambeth Creative storytelling and comic-making workshops for schoolchildren in Lambeth and Lewisham leading to a final showcase at London Comic Con.
Catherine Eaglestone Artlexia Croydon Weekly art workshops for young people aged 7-12 years with dyslexia, dyspraxia, dyscalculia and dysgraphia.

 

December 2018
Applicant Project Borough Brief Description
Hartslane The 100 Wishes Project Lewisham Working with communities in Hatcham to create a public mural made from individual tiles.
Ponders End Families (Stay and Play) Arts and Festivals of Enfield Enfield Early years arts and crafts sessions for local low-income families.
Social Material CIC Our Art School Hackney Arts workshops for residents of Link Street Supported Housing in Homerton.
Parkfield Peckers Creating A Pride of Place Hillingdon Workshops for residents of Parkfield House Nursing Home and local children to create an exhibition for the building.
Big Up Films
Making Memories
Lambeth Film and photography memories project working with older people in Stockwell.
Dean Sheppard Youth News Wandsworth Music workshops for BAME young people to explore news events and create their own digital music videos.
See Heng Yim Soul Relics from East and Southeast Asia Hackney Heritage project for Chinese and Vietnamese people in London, telling migration stories through personal objects.
January 2019
Applicant Project Borough Brief Description
Art in the Park Plants of Burgess Park Southwark Visual arts workshops exploring the changing plant-life in Burgess Park for disabled participants.
Peter Parker Ki Gong - The Korean Healing arts workshops Kingston-Upon-Thames Ki Gong workshops for older Korean and Asian participants alongside workshops for a general audience. The aim is to create a final showcase for Kingston Carnival.
Philippa Punchard LGBT+ History Month Open Exhibition - 'Queer Arts Week' Southwark An exhibition created by local LGBT+ artists in Walworth.
Qudus Tunde Abdulazeez LAYERS Creative Community Southwark Exhibition to celebrate young local artists with skills-sharing workshops for the local community.
Screen25 C.I.C. Screen25 Pay-As-You-Feel Screenings Croydon Film screenings and discussions programmed by local people to widen access to film in an area without a cinema.
Xenia Sharing Creativity, Sharing Cultures Hackney Creative skill-sharing workshops for female refugees, asylum-seekers and local women to exchange cultures and traditions.
Womens Lounge Aspirations Bexley Needlework, ceramics and jewellery design workshops for women living in and around Thamesmead East.
Agata Nowak Blossoming in Croydon Croydon Workshops with Croydon community groups to make ceramic flowers, leaves and insects for a public show.
Sonja Camara Sewn Together: Commemorative African and Caribbean Quilt Haringey Needlework workshops to create a community quilt that tells stories and journeys of African and Caribbean communities in Haringey.
February 2019
Applicant Project Borough Brief Description
Invisible Palace My Travelling Circus-2 Bromley Circus project for local children exploring the heritage of Crystal Palace Park.
Blackhorse Arts Limited WELCOME 2019 Waltham Forest Local artists will work with people living in the Cann Hall area to create a theatre pieces. It will then be performed in Cann Hall Park and Community Café.
We Open Doors CIC The Positive Impact Project Southwark Music project for vulnerable young people.
Sam Haynes Generation A-Z Wandsworth Arts project bringing together young and older people to create posters around the theme of ageism.
Mountford Growing Community Beyond Ball Games Hackney Young people living on Mountford Estate will join workshops to rethink and redesign its public spaces.
Romanian Cultural Charitable Trust Social Cantina Harrow Social evenings for Romanian families and the wider community, with traditional dance, music and singing workshops.
Nicola Wydenbach CAMBERWELL GRO(O)VE Southwark A mass community choir for people with mental health issues leading to a public performance for World Mental Health Day in October 2019.
March 2019
Applicant Project Borough Brief Description
Cinema Connecting Community Bollywood films, Chai and Chats Croydon Community cinema programme for older people to help reduce loneliness and isolation.
SFIDA Kosovan/Albanian/Macedonian and Gorani Community Group Coexisting Cultures: 20 Years of British Albanians in London Hounslow Festival celebrating 20 years of Albanians in London includes creative workshops and traditional music and dance.
The Pain Exchange Art @ The Pain Exchange Ealing Exhibition to showcase artworks made by patients living in chronic pain.
Richard Skinner Migrant Stories:  Narrative Connections Southwark Writing workshops for refugee families in Southwark, leading to a final publication.
Gabriel Green Triangle Adventure Photozine & Exhibition Lambeth Photography and zine making workshops for young people using the Triangle Adventure Playground on the Ashmole Estate.
Cordwainers Grow CIC Sow and Sew - Community Garden Banner Hackney Sewing and embroidery workshops to create a Hackney-wide community banner.
The Movement Factory Build Bridges Not walls Southwark A 30-week Hip Hop dance programme for young people living in Peckham.
Julie Nguyen Sew for Future Haringey Sewing workshops for newly arrived communities in Haringey.
Hasina Dabasia Queerate Camden Creative writing project for LGBT+ young people at the Kentish Town Health Centre.
Stephen Rudder Talking Mental Health Lambeth Writing and poetry workshops for BAME people who have been diagnosed with mental health conditions.
Emily Jenkins Move Dance Feel Wandsworth Dance project for women whose lives are affected by cancer.