Culture Seeds

Culture Seeds

Now open for applications

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 small or informal organisations and groups as well as individuals as it is often harder for them to access funding.

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.

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, 22 May 2018, 4pm-6pm, City Hall, London, SE1                              Click here to register
  • Thursday, 31 May 2018, 4pm-7pm, Battersea Arts Centre, London, SW11     Click here to register
  • Thursday, 7 June 2018, 2.30-4.30pm,  Polka Theatre, SW19                       Click here to register
  • Friday, 29 June 2018, 2pm-4pm , Croydon Voluntary Action, CR0               Click here to register
  • Friday, 27 July 2018, 10am-12pm,  City Hall, SE1                                        Click here to register
     

Please contact us, if you would like to attend.

How much can I apply for?

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

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.