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Black History Month

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In Southwark, Black History Month has been celebrated for over 25 years with a programme of inspirational events and workshops throughout October. Every year schools, libraries, groups and organisations host events, many of which are funded by our grants programme.

Southwark Stands Together

The theme for this year is Celebrating Black Voices, Celebrating Black History.

Get funding for your Black History Month 2020 event

We will offer a number of small grants of up to £500 to enable smaller community celebrations of Black History to take place. For larger events grants of up to £2,000 are available.

Social distancing at events

All applications will need to show how events will maintain social distancing to keep people safe.

Applications for online events

Among other changes, we will be accepting applications for online-only events and activities for the first time. Events in both community settings and online need to comply with the government’s staying alert and safe (social distancing) regulations.

Timing of events

In a normal year the programming for Black History Month usually runs throughout October, but given the effects of the pandemic we will consider event proposals that continue into November. 

Help with applications

A surgery-style online advice session on delivering live events within social distancing guidelines will be offered to interested applicants prior to the application deadline. We will also be offering written guidance in how to run events online.

Apply for funding now

If you have plans for a BHM 2020 event, please download the following documents to help you complete your funding application.

The closing date is 1 September 2020 at 9am

This year all BHM event details will be uploaded directly to the council’s Southwark Presents listings website.

There will be no printed or downloadable PDF brochures.

Creative Network Southwark

Join a network of individuals and organisations working in the creative sector offering support to develop, enhance and promote your work.

You can now also follow Creative Network Southwark on Twitter @CNSouthwark to link up with other creatives in the borough and to share and hear what’s going on in the arts and culture sector.

Page last updated: 04 March 2021

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