2020 Culture Fund

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Three rounds of funding for local cultural activities

The 2020 Culture Fund is a £500,000 grant scheme supporting local people, organisations and groups in Brent to lead their own cultural activities as part of London Borough of Culture 2020.

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 first round of funding has now been awarded. You can read about the successful projects here.

The second round has now closed. The successful projects will be announced in December 2019.

The third and final round will open on Thursday 16 January 2020 and close at 23:59 on Monday 16 March 2020.

Added 09 July 2019

2020 Culture Fund Guidance Notes


Funding Skills Workshops

We will be offering workshops 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 fund will support arts and cultural activities including events, performances, workshops, exhibitions, talks, walks, installations, festivals, carnivals, screenings and participatory projects of all shapes and sizes and across all art forms. To be eligible for funding activities need to:

  • be creative and cultural activities and involve artists
  • be open to the public
  • take place in Brent during 2020
  • create opportunities for people from different generations or backgrounds to come together
  • involve opportunities for local participation and volunteering
  • respond to one or more of the four Brent 2020 curatorial questions

The 2020 Culture Fund won’t support projects which are for private gain, or result in a profit. The activities must not be focused on the promotion of a particular political or religious view. We will also not fund projects where activities are considered not to be open for all to engage with.