2020 Culture Fund

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Three rounds of funding for local cultural activities

The 2020 Culture Fund is a grant scheme supporting local people, organisations and groups in the borough to lead their own cultural activities as part of Brent's year as London Borough of Culture.

You don’t have to live or work in Brent to apply, but you need to be working in partnership with local artists, community groups or organisations. Individuals can apply for grants up to £3,000 and organisations can apply for grants up to £10,000.


The third and final round of funding is now open. The deadline for applications is 23:59 on Tuesday 4 February 2020.

To apply, download and complete the application form below and email it, along with any relevant supporting materials, to culturefund@brent.gov.uk

Applicants are encouraged to read the Guidance Notes document downloadable below.

Applicants will be informed of the outcome by the end of Friday 28 February 2020 and therefore projects must be due to commence no sooner than May 2020.

Added 04 December 2019

Application Form, 2020 Culture Fund

Added 04 December 2019

2020 Culture Fund, Guidance Notes, Round Three

Rounds One and Two

The first and second rounds of funding have now been awarded. You can read about the successful Round One projects here. You can read about the successful Round Two projects here.


Funding Skills Workshops

Funding Skills Workshops are for applicants new to grant applications and those who would like to improve their skills. You’ll learn about: assessing what the funder is interested in; demonstrating the success of your project; planning your project; writing a budget; and how to avoid common mistakes. The workshops will focus on the 2020 Culture Fund, but you’ll also be able to apply what you learn to other funders.


The 2020 Culture Fund will support arts and cultural activities including events, performances, exhibitions, talks, walks, installations, festivals, carnivals, screenings and participatory projects of all shapes and sizes and across all art forms. All events and activities will need to meet the following criteria to be eligible for funding; projects must:

  • Involve artists and new partnerships
  • Be ambitious and original, with a clear creative vision
  • Take place in Brent during the calendar year 2020
  • Tell stories or explore ideas about people and places in Brent
  • Be open to the general public to attend or participate in, or culminate in a final event which is open to the general public

What the 2020 Culture Fund won’t support

In order to meet the fund’s criteria, projects must not:

  • Be for private gain, or result in a profit
  • Have a primary focus promoting a particular political or religious view
  • Contain material that can be considered offensive
  • Be inaccessible or not open for all to engage with
  • Duplicate existing provision
  • Lack a strong cultural component / or not involve artists or creatives
  • Have already taken place, or commence during the six-week assessment period
  • Deliver benefits mainly outside of the borough of Brent