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Communities across the country given £500,000 to commemorate Windrush Generation

Thursday March 21st, 2019

Communities across the country to educate, commemorate and celebrate the outstanding contribution of the Windrush Generation and their descendants.Government Opportunities

Communities across the country will receive a share of £500,000 to educate, commemorate and celebrate the outstanding contribution of the Windrush Generation and their descendants, Communities Minister Lord Bourne has today (21 March 2019) confirmed.

Over the coming months, 50 community groups and local authorities will use the funding to lead school projects, street parties, exhibitions, talks and workshops to recognise and honour the great legacy of those who stepped ashore at Tilbury Docks over 70 years ago.

From Bristol to Birmingham and Liverpool to Leeds, educational workshops, cultural festivals, theatre productions, TEDx style talks, community gardens and intergenerational cooking sessions will form a rich and wide-ranging series of events.

Communities Minister Lord Bourne said:

The Windrush Generation fought for and supported Britain during the war, and then went on to rebuild Britain. They are the story of modern Britain and learning about their contribution is a vital part of our shared history and heritage

Their legacy lives on in their children and grandchildren and the communities they have built up and down the country.

I am proud that those communities and the nation as a whole will have the opportunity to commemorate and celebrate the Windrush Generation and their descendants’ key role in Britain’s history.

In June 2018, the government announced an annual Windrush Day to encourage communities across the country to commemorate the Windrush story on Windrush Day (22 June) and throughout the year.
The national celebration is backed by a £500,000 Windrush Day Grant Scheme overseen by a Windrush Day Advisory Panel of community representatives.

The Windrush Day Grant Scheme was launched in November 2018 and received over 400 bids for funding from community groups, charities and local authorities across England.

There was a wide range and variety of applications with successful bids confirmed in Devon and Broxbourne reflecting the breadth of enthusiasm in communities across the country to mark Windrush Day 2019.

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