Apply for a Community Grant

Black History Month is an annual celebration of the contributions made by Black African and Caribbean communities in the borough, nationally and internationally. This year, we are inviting applications to our Community Grants for events that will form our programme.

Applicants are advised to read the Application Guidance before completing the BHM Community Grants Application Form below which should be submitted by the deadline of 10am Monday 12 July 2021.

Application Guidance


To mark Black History Month this October, Newham Council is inviting individuals, groups and organisations to contribute to a programme of celebration, creativity and recognition, responding to the theme of Ambition, Achievement, Inspiration. It is ever more important to recognise and learn about the history of Black people following the devastating impact that Covid-19 and the lockdown has had on our communities as we ease into recovery.

Our aim is to deliver an engaging, vibrant and accessible programme that explores the achievements of Black people in the face of challenges and barriers throughout history.

In light of proposed lifting of restrictions from 21 June, we are planning a programme of mainly live events; however, we would like to continue with some online content. If your application is for a live event, you will need to demonstrate how it could easily transition online.


We are looking for applications that:

  • Respond to the theme of Ambition, Achievement, Inspiration
  • Are relevant to Newham’s Black African and Caribbean communities
  • Recognise and celebrate
  • Encourage open, honest discussion and debate
  • Motivate learning

We are particularly interested in receiving proposals that also address:

  • Local and national achievers
  • Young people and intergenerational events
  • Popular culture; music, hair, food
  • Innovation
  • Events aimed at the male population

Priority will be given to Newham based organisations or those that have a track record of working in the borough.

Your application must include an element of evaluation, although you may be provided with a short questionnaire for participants to complete.


Up to £1,000 is available for individual events – a higher fee will be considered for a series of events. The fee should cover all elements of the event including design, planning, materials, expenses, on site event management and evaluation.

Technical requirements

If your proposal is for a physical event, please ensure you carefully consider your technical (audio visual, ICT) requirements in relation to your chosen venue. Some technical equipment is available in Council venues (libraries, community centres and town halls), but these may not be suitable for your event. If technical equipment is required, please indicate on the form (this does not need to be included in your budget).

To apply

To apply, complete the BHM Community Grants Application Form with as much detail as possible and submit by 10am, Monday 12 July 2021. If you would like to discuss your proposal, contact Monica on 07980 042 987 or by email.  Applicants will be informed of decisions on or around 23 July 2021.

Existing events

If you are already planning an event for Black History Month and would like to include it in the Council’s marketing, please email Monica Thomas.

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