Make it your year: funding and volunteering opportunities for the first ever London Borough of Culture announced

9 July 2018
Funding and volunteering opportunities announced

Over half a million pounds of ‘Fellowship Funding’ announced for London Borough of Culture 2019 to be made available for ambitious, locally based cultural activity.

Call out for residents to become official London Borough of Culture Volunteers and help play a vital role in the delivery of the year long programme.

A year on from launching the winning bid to be London’s first Borough of Culture in 2019, the team will be at Get Together events throughout the summer starting with the Walthamstow Garden Party on Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 July, to answer any questions and talk through opportunities for how residents can get involved - inviting everyone to ‘Make it your year’.

Cllr Clare Coghill, leader of Waltham Forest Council, said: “Just as our winning bid was developed with massive support from our residents, artists and businesses, the London Borough of Culture programme will be delivered with our community at the heart of everything we do.

“This summer, we’d love to hear your ideas about our year as London Borough of Culture. If you have an amazing proposal, or you want to volunteer to help make it happen, now is the time to get planning! And then come and speak to the team this summer.”

London Borough of Culture 2019 Fellowship Funding

Launching in September 2018, the London Borough of Culture 2019 Fellowship Funding programme is made up of three funds, which will invest in projects, communities and venues in the borough:

Make It Happen: Cultural activity grants
For new arts and culture activities, that will be part of the London Borough of Culture 2019 programme.

Make It Local: Community ward grants
Neighbourhood focussed funding for arts and culture projects delivered by local communities

Make It Work: Space improvement grants
Enhancing the facilities of our venues to create more space for culture, indoors and out.

Applicants will be able to submit proposals for grants in two rounds. The first, opening in September 2018 will be for activity taking place in the first half of 2019 while a second in January 2019 will be for proposals for the latter half of the year.

These funds will be complemented by an inspirational professional development programme to support the capacity of our artists and creative communities beyond 2019.

Sophie Dutton, who received an Waltham Forest Arts Development Grant in 2016 for a legacy project inspired by the artist Madge Gill, said: “As an independent curator, the Arts Development Grant has given me the opportunity to develop a project which couldn't have begun without Waltham Forest's support. It's also helped me lay the foundations for even bigger projects in the future.

2019 is going to be an exciting and creative year for Walthamstow, the grant schemes are a fantastic opportunity to bring new cultural events into your own neighbourhood.”

Volunteer for Culture

Throughout the summer and autumn, Waltham Forest will be recruiting volunteers to help deliver London Borough of Culture 2019. Volunteers will be vital to ensuring that the year of culture is a success, from welcoming visitors to the borough, supporting large scale events, performing as cast members, mentoring young creatives and even planting flowers and beautifying the event sites. The opportunities to get involved are boundless and the experience of volunteering is guaranteed to be a memory everyone involved will cherish.

Our Culture Volunteers will be:

- Those who simply want to be involved – ‘happy to help’,

- Those who want to develop skills and increase employability,

- Those who have a specific area of expertise to donate.

An accredited volunteering programme will offer skills certificates, a rewards programme and personal references to those taking part.

To register your interest for volunteering click here

For more on opportunities on offer for London Borough of Culture 2019, or to register your interest, visit wfculture19.co.uk or email wfculture@walthamforest.gov.uk