Apply for a community grant

Newham Council is inviting individuals, groups and organisations to apply for a Windrush: Our Stories, Past, Present and Future community grant to develop a project that celebrates the significant contributions the Windrush Generation and their descendants have made to Newham and the UK.

Our aim is to capture, share and preserve the personal stories of Newham’s Windrush Generation and their descendants. Windrush: Our Stories, Past, Present and Future will provide the opportunity to create and implement activities and events with our Windrush population, giving them a platform to share their stories. We want to highlight the stories and experiences of the past, the impact of them today and preserve those stories for future generations.

We want our Windrush community to have a voice, we want our young people to engage with and learn from our elders, the wider community to gain a deeper understanding of those that helped rebuild Britain, and we want to commemorate and celebrate their positive contributions.

We are particularly keen to collect project outputs such as oral histories, photographs, films, and objects for inclusion in Newham’s archives.

Criteria

We are looking for projects that:

  • Celebrate and recognise the contribution Newham’s Windrush Generation, their descendants and the wider Caribbean community have made to the borough and wider society.
  • Foster a greater sense of pride for the contributions made by Newham’s Windrush communities among wider communities. We invite proposals for projects that proactively support and encourage people from different backgrounds to embrace this aspect of our shared history.
  • Educate people about the Windrush story, seeking to build awareness of historical facts and deepen understanding about the Windrush Generation and their descendants.
  • Build social integration between people of different age groups and ethnic backgrounds. Projects should encourage communities to work together across generations and cultures.

You will be required to:

  • Find new and creative ways of engaging with the Windrush community and involving them in co-creating projects.
  • Develop activities that educate communities about those that arrived in the years following 1948, as well as those initial arrivals.
  • Develop intergeneration activities that build awareness amongst Newham’s young people.
  • Find innovative ways of crossing cultural divides, including using Newham’s libraries to deliver their activities and events. Newham’s libraries are great resources for people of different cultures and ages to get together, share experiences and learn about each other.
  • Use a variety of channels to publicise your projects, including high streets, GP surgeries, schools, places of worship, youth clubs, website and social media, to ensure a cross range of Newham’s communities are engaged.
  • Develop activities that will result in legacies; ie oral histories, photographs and other memorabilia that would be preserved and shared.

Monitoring and Evaluation

All funded projects will have a named officer to provide support during the lifetime of your project. Project leads will be required to complete interim and end of project reports, providing evaluation data and stating how they have achieved the desired outcomes.

Timeline

  • 25 June: Windrush: Our Stories, Past, Present and Future launch
  • 1 August: deadline for applications
  • 12 August: successful applicants informed
  • 7 October: interim project reports submitted
  • 16 December: end of project reports submitted

Priority will be given to Newham based organisations or those that have a track record of working in the borough.

Your application must include an element of evaluation, although you may be provided with a short questionnaire for participants to complete.

Fee

Up to £1,500 is available, which should cover all elements of the event including design, planning, materials, expenses, on site event management and evaluation. You will be able to use libraries for engagement activities free of charge.

The total grant fund available to cover all projects is £15,000.

Applications are now closed.