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£500,000 fund for Windrush Day celebrations 2020 launched

Friday October 18th, 2019

Community groups invited to bid for share of £500,000 to commemorate enormous contribution of the Windrush Generation and their descendants.Funding
Councils can receive up to £25,000 to host events and activities on Windrush Day 2020.
Announcement follows successful first-ever national Windrush Day earlier this year.
Communities across the country can bid for a share of £500,000 funding to celebrate the outstanding contribution of the Windrush Generation and their descendants to the nation’s social, economic, political and religious life.
The annual Grant Scheme will open today (17 October 2019) as communities around the country celebrate Black History Month. The fund will provide up to £25,000 to local councils, charities and community groups seeking to host events for Windrush Day 2020.
The grant scheme supported 50 groups across the country celebrate the inaugural national Windrush Day earlier this year with events including educational workshops, cricket matches, street parties and historical exhibitions.
This year saw the first national Windrush Day take place, with activities and events taking place up and down the country. Through educational workshops, theatre performances and historical exhibitions communities honoured that landmark day over 70 years ago when the Empire Windrush arrived at Tilbury Docks.
Further information

The grant scheme is overseen by the Windrush Day Advisory Panel made up of community representatives.
The Advisory Panel will consider how best to celebrate Windrush Day each year. Made up of community representatives from locations around the country, the Panel provides advice directly to government. It will ensure that winning bids are appropriate and resonate with Caribbean communities.
Next month the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government will be hosting workshops around the country to support groups during the grant application process. See further information.
To apply, download an application form and return the completed form to Windrushdaygrants@cuf.org.uk. Please include ‘Windrush Day Grant’ in the subject line.
We have a budget of up to £500,000 available to fund events across the country and groups can bid for a share of up to £25,000.
Bidders Day events will be taking place around the country next month in Bristol, Birmingham, Manchester, London, Sheffield. Find out more at: www.gov.uk/government/publications/2020-windrush-day-grant.

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