Applications for the Windrush Day Grant Scheme have been opened by the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, today (19 January 2023).

Community groups, charities and councils will now be able to bid for their share of the £750,000 pot of funding to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the arrival of the Windrush community in their local areas.

Each area can bid for up to £50,000 to fund celebratory parades, educational resources, arts and sporting projects, providing they are focused on the contribution of the Windrush generation and their descendants.

Currently in its fifth year, the scheme will for the first time be open to applications from Northern Ireland in recognition of Windrush communities who resided there.

Communities Minister Lee Rowley said:

The 75th anniversary of the arrival of MV Empire Windrush at the Port of Tilbury, marks a seminal moment in our nation’s shared history.

This government is fully committed to honouring the Windrush generation and their immense contribution to this country. This funding will really help local communities come together, honour the past and celebrate our country.

To date, the government has dedicated £3.75 million in funding toward honouring the Windrush legacy. This includes £2.75 million across 5 years of the Windrush Day Grant Scheme, and £1 million allocated to the National Windrush Monument.

Last year 35 projects across England were given a share of £500,000 funding to help commemorate Windrush Day. They included:

  • The establishment of the Bristol Windrush Reggae Choir, a 6-month project that included vocal workshops and specially commissioned music.
  • A one-day festival at the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, celebrating many aspects of UK Caribbean life, from music and dance to food and storytelling; and
  • A Windrush exhibition across museums, cultural centres, schools and colleges in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire together with live performance and online workshops.

How to apply

You can apply to the scheme via the application form on our administrator Near Neighbours website.

Applications must be completed by midday on Wednesday 22 February 2023.

DLUHC will announce the winning projects later this year.

Online bidder workshops

Four bidders workshops will be held in in January and February 2023, which will give an overview of the scheme and an opportunity for bidders to ask questions.

These will be held on:

  • Tuesday 24 January 2023 at 7pm (online)
  • Friday 27 January 2023 at 10:30am (online)
  • Monday 30 January 2023 at 11am (online)
  • Thursday 9 February 2023 at 11am (in person)

Please register to attend one of the workshops.

Further information

A national Windrush Day was announced by the government in June 2018 to take place on 22 June each year to encourage communities across England to celebrate the contribution of the Windrush generation and their descendants.

National Windrush Day, alongside the Windrush Day Grant Scheme (WDGS), has formed a part of the government’s commitment to level up opportunity across diverse communities, help build greater trust in public services and forge a greater sense of belonging.