April 2021 was the 40th anniversary of the Brixton uprisings. 

On this date an ambitious, year-long, community-led programme of exuberant acts of defiance will kick off in Brixton and ripple across the country.


£4k grants available for 8 Black led groups and Black individuals.


The Remember and Reignite: 1981 Acts Heritage Fund is open to Black-Led groups and Black People  who are developing projects that are in line with the 81 Acts Humanifesto: HUMANIFESTO to guide the way… 


In April 1981, Black communities in Brixton rose up in a bloody confrontation against the oppressive Metropolitan Police against a backdrop of racism, severe economic recession, and high unemployment. Although the 1981 Uprisings started in April 1981 in Brixton, they were preceded by the 1980 Uprisings in Bristol and the year 1981 would not have its monumental status were they not succeeded, in July 1981, in communities up and down the country. 


That summer uprisings followed by Black communities in Handsworth, Chapeltown, Toxteth and Moss Side. Together these events shook the British state to its core and altered the trajectory of the Black experience in Britain for generations to come. Today, we will celebrate this exuberantly defiant act of rebellion by carrying the flame of resistance and equality further into the 21st century.


The grants we have available are:  

2 x £4000 grants for Black-Led groups located in Brixton 

6 x £4000 grants for Black-Led groups in the UK and Republic of Ireland 


The fund is open to applications from all Black-led Groups and Black people who have been actively working or operating for at least 1 year.

Please note:  

All applications will be assessed by a panel whose members are independent from any organisations submitting applications. 

Our assessment procedure is influenced by those of the Edge fund and various other funders that we have researched. Once the application form is submitted the panel will carry out eligibility checks to confirm that individuals and groups fall within Edge Fund’s funding criteria and values. 4-5 panel members will score each application for their areas. Once this is completed,  the applications with highest scores will be discussed collectively and the grants will be awarded.

Grants cannot be given to fund work on land, building and heritage items improvements or transformations that are already owned or to acquire land, buildings or heritage items.



Step 1: Read the guidance

Read the guidance in full, to make sure you are eligible before you start your application.

Step 2: Any questions? Check our FAQs

If you have any questions, please check out our FAQs. If you don’t find the answer you need, reach out by email at info@81acts.uk. Please note that responses will take 3-5 working days.

Step 3: Making an application

You can find a link to the application form here.

The deadline for submitting full applications is 8pm on Monday 12 December 2022.

Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application on Monday 19 December 2022

Step 4: Managing the project/act

Successful applicants’ projects are to be completed by the 31st of April 2023 and where possible we encourage applicants’ projects to coincide with the anniversary of the uprisings of the Brixton uprisings on the 10th and 11th of April. An evaluation will need to be completed and sent to 81 acts by Friday the 26th of May 

We require 

For organisations 

  • The organisation’s governing document A copy of recent accounts or last three months of bank statements
    • This will contain information about your charity’s purpose, who runs it and how they run it, how trustees will be appointed, rules about trustees’ expenses and how to close the charity

For individuals 

  • A copy of the individuals last three months of bank statements


To help us assess the impact of the grants we will require (appropriate to the kind of project):

  • A mid-project update consisting of photographs and Videos 
  • An evaluation report consisting of reflections on your methodology, impact on the community and the legacy of the project.
  • The deadline for the report is a calendar month after the completion of the project.



If my location is not where uprisings occurred in 1981 can I still apply?

Yes – you can still apply. In these cases it is especially important to make clear in your application how your act/project commemorates, celebrates or advances the legacy  of the 1981 uprisings.

Why can’t grants be given to fund work on land, building and heritage items?

Due to the limited capacity of the panel who will be assessing the applications and the requirements for documentation from the main funder, the National Heritage Lottery Fund, we cannot accept these applications. However, we hope that this does not discourage community gardens or supplementary schools, for example, from applying.

Can my organisation submit an application if it is:

  • a registered charity?
  • a Music Education Hub?
  • a Community Interest Company?
  • an unincorporated community group?

Yes, provided the organisation meets the eligibility criteria and is capable of delivering the project successfully. 

What is the source of this money?

The project 81 acts of Exuberant Defiance: Reclaiming Community Heritage was awarded £250,000 by the National Heritage Lottery Fund in 2021. 

There is a lot of information required and the timescale is tight. Why is this the case?

This application was designed to distribute money through the Community Grant Scheme of the National Heritage Lottery Fund which was part of the wider 81 acts application. For further reference you can find the Lottery Fund’s introductory page which includes information on aspects of the scheme. Community Grants guidance | The National Lottery Heritage Fund.

How will you keep our information secure?

Any information provided to us through our application form will be downloaded and stored in password protected spreadsheets in Google Drive files. After the decision on which applications are successful we will delete information of unsuccessful applications. The information that will be retained for purposes of evaluation will be. Personal information will never be shared with a third party and will only be used to contact you about the status of your application.

APPLY BEFORE MONDAY 12th December 2022 8pm  






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