FUNDING YOUR project

THE RECLAIM BLACK HERITAGE FUND HAS GRANTS AVAILABLE FOR UP TO £4,000

DEADLINE: THURSDAY 2nd March 2023

Find out how to get involved

Have an idea for a project and want to discuss it?

Your project (or as we like to call it, Act of Exuberant Defiance) can be whatever you want it to be! Just make sure that it is creative, engaging, and seeks to honour the principles of our Humanifesto.

It should also address itself to one of our six themes which are:

Resist; Insight/Incite; Respect; Reform; Regroup & Renew; Revolution.

Once we receive your information we will see how we can link you up with what you need to produce your Act. We also advise you to follow our socials to find potential collaborators!

 

Remember! 

The deadline for submitting full applications is on Thursday 2nd March 2023 (Black People’s Day of Action) at 5pm.

 

Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application by Sunday 12th April 2023.

 For some more inspiration on what you could do for your act, visit our Acts page!

The Atlantic Billboard, Atlantic Road, celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Brixton Uprising of April 1981

TELL US ALL ABOUT YOUR IDEA BY APPLYING HERE

Please note you will also need to confirm that you have all the relevant licenses and permissions in place to make your Act.

 

In addition, you will be asked to agree to the Exuberant Contract with 81 Acts.

VIEW HERE

What’s our criteria? 

To be considered for support, Groups and Projects eligible are as follows:

 

● The Act-Maker is a Black-led group or individual

● The project upholds the principles and values of the 81 Acts Humanifesto

● The Act-Maker must be in the stated locations

● The Act-Maker has a primary objective of creating long-term change in society by addressing the causes of injustice and inequality related to the ’81 Uprising

● The Act-Maker focuses on addressing issues that face the stated communities and are led by that community

● The Act-Maker struggles to get funding elsewhere, particularly if other funders might consider them to be ‘too radical’

● If the Act-Maker is a group: Groups that have been formed for 6 months or more and can demonstrate 6 months of regular activity

● The group/individual ethos aligns with NHLF guidance, here 

 

The priorities are:

  1. To commemorate the 81 uprisings.
  2. To benefit and support the Black community in the stated location. 

HOW TO APPLY

 STEP 1: READ THE GUIDANCE

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

 STEP 2: ASK IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS

If you have any questions, reach out by email at info@81acts.uk. 

Please note that responses will take 3-5 working days.

 STEP 3: MAKE YOUR APPLICATION

You can apply here. The deadline for submitting applications is Thursday 2nd March 2023 at 5pm. 

Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application by 

Sunday 12th April 2023 

 STEP 4: MANAGE YOUR PROJECT

 Successful applicants’ projects are to be completed by 15th July 2023. An evaluation will need to be completed and sent to the 81 Acts Team by the end of July 2023.

WHAT ELSE WILL WE NEED FROM YOU?

If you’re an organisation, we’ll need

  • Your governing document.
  • A copy of recent accounts or 3 months of bank statements.

If you’re an individual

  • A copy of your last 3 months of bank statements

Reporting


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, the impact on the community, and the legacy of the the project


The deadline for this report will be 15th August 2023. 

FAQs – Frequently Asked Questions

 

If I’m not based in Brixton, where the uprising occurred, 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.

A rough guide to the many different places, events, and dates relevant to the Black Heritage of 1981 may be found in the Rebel History Calendar, created by Past Tense: London Radical Histories and Possibilities.

 

Do I need to live in the region to apply, or does my business need to be based in the region in order to apply?

Although we would prefer for the Act Makers to live and/or their organisations to be based in the region stated, we will still consider applicants from other national regions, as long as they can clearly demonstrate how the act will directly benefit the communities in the stated region: Brixton, London St Pauls, Bristol Handsworth, Birmingham Moss Side, Manchester Toxteth, Liverpool Chapeltown, Leeds
 

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 incorporated community group?

 

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

 

Where does the money for these funds come from?

 

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 project was designed to distribute money through the Community Grant Scheme of the National Lottery Heritage 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. Personal information will never be shared with a third party and will only be used to contact you about the status of your application.,