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, 20 November, 10am-12pm, Uxbridge Library, UB8, register
  • Thursday, 6 December, 10am-12pm, Crayford Manor House, DA1 4HB, register
  • Friday, 14 December, 10am-12pm, City Hall, SE1, register
  • Tuesday, 22 January, 4.30pm-6.30pm, City Hall, SE1, register
  • Tuesday, 26 February, 4.30pm-6.30pm. City Hall, SE1, register
  • Thursday, 21 March, 4.30pm-6.30pm, 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:

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.
Mosaic LGBT Youth Centre LGBT+ Songwriters Camden Song-writing workshops for LGBT+ young people in Camden leading to a concert.
August 2018
Applicant Project Borough Brief Description

Reel Rebels Radio


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.