Culture Seeds

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.

Culture Seeds is part of the Mayor of London’s draft Strategy for Culture, Culture for all Londoners.

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.

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.

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, 12 June, 11am-1pm, Headstone Manor & Museum, HA2, register 
  • Friday, 15 June, 11am-1pm, Jacksons Lane, N6, register
  • Thursday, 21 June, 2pm-4pm, Watermans, TW8, register
  • Friday, 29 June , 2pm-4pm , Croydon Voluntary Action, CR0, register
  • Tuesday, 17 July, 4pm-6pm, City Hall, SE1, register
  • Friday, 27 July, 10am-12pm,  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. Funding will be available until Spring 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:

Applicant Project Amount Borough Brief Description
Chantelle Clarke Echoes of Love £5,000 Hackney Monthly workshops for women will use storytelling and writing to exchange stories of love.
Will Ashcroft Whitecross Street Mandala Project £3,060 Islington Bringing together residents of Whitecross Street Estates to create hand painted wooden benches and planters for the estate.
Bisoye Babalola Holiday Club £4,320 Lambeth Summer school for young people aged 14-17 working with young artists to introduce them to different skills in the creative industries.
The Redbridge Music Lounge Music for the Mind £3,500 Redbridge 18-month project to tour music and singing activity to residential care settings around Redbridge.
Congo Great Lakes Initiative Soul of Art for our Beloved ones! £4,750 Kensington and Chelsea Visual arts workshops for volunteers that helped the local community 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 £5,000 Camden Music, visual arts and photography summer school for young people from Queen's Crescent Estate in Camden, providing healthy meals for all attending.
polkadots on raindrops Belonging £4,970 Bromley Photography project with young people excluded from mainstream education.
Learning Through the Arts Cultural Connections £5,000 Brent Multi-arts workshops for local communities/service users of Ashford Place, Cricklewood. The project uses creative arts to inspire, motivate and promote friendships.
Quernmore Road Regeneration Project Quernmore Road Summer Festival £5,000 Haringey One day festival to bring the local community together. Featuring music and dance performances, workshops for children and young people and showcasing the local community choir.