Windrush DayArea: England
Deadline: 11:50pm, Sunday 8 December 2019

The Windrush Day Grant scheme provides funding to communities looking to celebrate, commemorate and educate about the Windrush Generation and their contribution. 

MV Empire Windrush arrived at the Port of Tilbury on 21 June 1948 and its passengers disembarked a day later. The ship carried several hundred Caribbean migrants, many of them veterans of the Second World War. Since then, the Windrush has come to symbolise the first movement of mass migration to the United Kingdom in the post-war era. 2018 marked the 70th anniversary of MV Empire Windrush’s arrival. This generation, subsequent migrants, and their descendants have made a large contribution to our nation’s cultural, social and economic life.

The Windrush Day Grant Scheme will support groups to celebrate and commemorate the arrival of the MV Empire Windrush and the contribution of the Windrush Generation in communities across our country. It will also seek to educate about this contribution and the history of the MV Empire Windrush. This programme will support people from many different ages and backgrounds to embrace our shared history.

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government is looking for organisations to run a community led project seeking to celebrate, commemorate and educate about the Windrush Generation and their contribution to British economic, social and cultural life. This includes those who arrived on the ship, their contemporaries and descendants.  There is a budget of up to £500,000 to fund activities across the country. The minimum amount available is £2,500 and the maximum is £25,000. All bidders are encouraged to demonstrate additional sources of funding as part of their proposal.

June 22 marks National Windrush Day each year and so should be a focal point for all successful projects. However, events and activities may take place over a longer period throughout the year up until 31 December 2020.

MHCLG will be hosting bidders day events in Bristol, Birmingham, Manchester, London and Sheffield to offer guidance on how to develop a successful project and application. Further information will be found on GOV.UK.

For full details and the application form, please visit GOV.UK