Lewisham 2022 Creative Change Fund

The Lewisham 2022 Creative Change Fund will empower local organisations (including Schools, Sports Clubs, Park User Groups, Tenants, Residents Associations and Artists etc) to lead their own activity as part of the Mayor of London's Borough of Culture in Lewisham. Round one is now closed, with the second round opening in January for projects taking place during the second half of 2022, July - December.

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With just seven months to go until Lewisham hosts the Mayor of London's Borough of Culture, we want to ensure that there are inclusive opportunities to be part of the year. Lewisham-based voluntary and community sector organisations and schools can now apply for Seed Grants of £1,000 or Small Grants of £5,000 – to work in collaboration with local artists. The initiative is funded by Lewisham Council, Deptford Challenge Trust, Lewisham Homes and Phoenix Community Housing. Funded projects will show off the rich cultural diversity of the borough, with applications welcome for live performance, film screenings, street art, creative writing and greening projects to transform neglected spaces. Grants will be awarded in two separate rounds. Applications for Round One are now open for proposals for projects January - June 2022. A second round, focused on July – September 2022 will open early next year. Justine Simons OBE, Deputy Mayor for Culture and the Creative Industries, said: “I’m delighted these grants will enable Lewisham-based artists, organisations and communities to deliver some really brilliant creative projects together. It’s a great example of how our London Borough of Culture programme is bringing the very best culture to the doorsteps of Londoners.”

Andre Bourne, Cabinet Member for Culture, Jobs and Skills said: “I’m delighted to see the launch of the Lewisham 2022 Creative Change Fund. The programme for 2022 is being developed and created with our communities and I look forward to celebrating the diverse talent, creativity and passion we have here at home in Lewisham."

How To Apply

Please download and read the full Guidance Notes. If you need this information in an accessible format (e.g. easy read), please get in touch.

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If you are a voluntary or community sector organisation or school You can complete an application for a Seed Grant (£1,000) or an Expression of Interest for a Small Grant (£5,000). If you would like additional support or help being matched with an artist for your Seed Grant application, sign up to attend a Seed Grant Workshop. If you are an artist You can apply for a Seed Grant (£1,000) by pairing yourself with a voluntary and community sector organisation or school. If you would like support finding a match, sign up to attend a Seed Grant Workshop. You can autonomously submit an Expression of Interest for a Small Grant (£5,000) and we can help match you at a later stage.

Apply for a Seed Grant

Grants of up to £1,000 are available for small scale local projects, events and exhibitions that showcase the talent and creativity we have in Lewisham. Download and complete the Application Form below. Submit by 26 July 2021 by emailing

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Seed Grant Workshops

If you would like additional support with your application, sign up to attend a Seed Grant Workshop (optional) by following the links below:

Sign Up: Wed 9 June, 9am >> Sign Up: Mon 14 June, 3pm >> Sign Up: Mon 14 June, 6pm >>

Apply for a Small Grant

Grants of up to £5,000 are available for projects that involve a larger scale event or series of events such as a mini-festival. Download and complete the Expression of Interest Form below. Submit by 5 July 2021 by emailing Successful proposals will be invited to apply for a Small Grant from 9 July 2021.

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Criteria for funding:

Proposed activities for Round One must take place in Lewisham January - June 2022 and contribute to one or more of the Borough of Culture 2022 themes:

  • We will protect this place we love A call to action on the climate emergency

  • We are strengthened by our diversity A celebration of our borough of sanctuary

  • We will be happy here A commitment to building an inclusive society, working together to deliver change.

In awarding funding, we will seek to:

  • Prioritise activities that involve communities and individuals who don’t typically participate in arts and cultural activities

  • Ensure that events and activities represent the diversity of Lewisham and take place across all parts of the borough

  • Support a balance of projects across the full range of art forms and programme themes

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