Black History Month

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.


The theme for this year isHarmony in diversity”.

Get funding for your Black History Month 2021 event


We'll 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 comply with current regulations in response to the COVID-19 pandemic to keep staff and audiences safe.

Applications for online events

We'll continue to accept applications for online-only events and activities. Events in both community settings and online need to comply with government COVID-19 regulations in place in October.

Help with applications

Advice on delivering live events within social distancing guidelines will be offered to interested applicants, prior to the application deadline, from our Events team. We'll also provide written guidance in how to run events online.

How to apply for funding

This year all applications must be made via our new online grants portal.

It will open from 1 June 2021.  Guidance documents etc. will also be available at this location.

Online grants portal

The closing date for applications is 10am on 5 July 2021

As with the previous year, all Black History Month (BHM) event details must 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 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: 29 April 2021

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