Culture and Diversity Development Bursaries


Lewisham Council recognises the powerful role that Culture can play in promoting equality and celebrating diversity but also that the Cultural Sector workforce is not currently fully representative of the diverse communities in our borough. With this in mind we are piloting a new approach to supporting individual practitioners and small organisations to develop their ideas and seek funding to deliver cultural projects that promote equality and celebrate diversity.

The Bursaries

Ten bursaries of £750 each will be made available to cultural practitioners and small organisations and recipients will also be offered mentoring support from Lewisham’s Culture Team to help further develop their project ideas. They will be expected to apply for at least one external funding source and will have the opportunity to be considered for a delivery grant to provide match funding. Where appropriate bursary recipients may be matched with an established community or cultural organisation to further support the development and delivery of the project.


We are seeking ideas for projects to mark the following important dates in the borough’s civic calendar:

- Black History Month – Oct 21

- Silver Sunday – Oct 21

- International Day of People with Disabilities – Dec 21

- LGBT+ History Month – Feb 22

- International Women's Day - March 8

- Windrush Day - June 22

Selection Criteria

Proposals will be selected using the following criteria:

· Understanding of Lewisham’s Diverse Communities – applicants will need to demonstrate lived experience of the issues facing Lewisham’s diverse communities.

· Potential Impact of proposed project – the potential for the proposed project to increase understanding across communities in Lewisham. This will be assessed both in terms of the quality of the idea and the potential scale of audience and/or participants.

· Artistic Quality and track record – the quality of the proposed project idea and the applicant’s previous work.

· Deliverability – project ideas will be assessed for their suitability to be delivered within a budget of approximately £5-£10k. Applicants are not required to provide a detailed budget at this stage but the assessors will use their experience of producing cultural projects to make an assessment.

Priority will be given to applicants who are currently under-represented in the cultural workforce, in particular black and minority ethnic, disabled and neuro diverse applicants.

How to Apply

Please email for full details and an application form.

Application workshops will take place online on 17 March, 1.30-2.30 pm and 31 March, 5.30-6.30 pm. To register for one of these workshops please email It is not necessary to attend a workshop in order to apply but it will give you an opportunity to ask questions and hear from other applicants.

The deadline for applications is 9th April 2021. Successful applicants will be notified by the end of May 2021.

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