Culture Seeds

Now open for applications

Culture Seeds is part of the Mayor of London’s draft Strategy for Culture, Culture for all Londoners.

The new grants will be used to support community-led cultural projects in every London borough.

Culture Seeds will support small or informal organisations and groups as well as individuals as it is often harder for them to access funding.

The Mayor wants to see more local arts and culture activities created and put on by local people in London. That’s why Culture Seeds is aimed firmly at grassroots organisations.

The grants are for funding arts, culture and heritage projects and activities.  This includes:

  • visual and performing arts (like music, dance and theatre)
  • filmmaking and film screenings
  • heritage projects
  • digital art
  • cultural events/festivals
  • literature, spoken word, reading groups
  • craft and making activities
  • choirs/singing groups
  • creative writing

Projects must have local people at their heart.  We want projects that offer shared creative experiences to bring communities together.  We will prioritise projects that support people on lower incomes, and connect communities that lack access to cultural resources and funding.

The programme will also offer successful applicants help with:

  • marketing and monitoring your project
  • applying for future funding
  • recruiting and working with volunteers

Who can apply?

  • Individual Londoners
  • Not-for-profit organisations with an annual turnover of less than £50,000

You don’t have to be a formally constituted group. However, you should have a bank account with two signatories or nominate an organisation who can accept the funds on your behalf.

You must also provide two referees who can vouch for your work in your local community.

How much can I apply for?

You can apply for anything between £1,000 – £5,000.

Apply now

Culture Seeds is now open for applications. To apply please read the prospectus and guidance notes, and then complete the eligibility checker. Once you have completed the eligibility checker you will be taken through to your online application form.
Please note the link to the eligibility checker is within the guidance notes underneath the section ‘Applying Online’.

Culture Seeds Prospectus

Guidance notes and eligibility checker

Culture Seeds is a two-year rolling programme. There are no deadlines and you can apply at any time. Funding will be available until Spring 2020. Please do not rush your application and read the Guidance Notes thoroughly to give yourself the best chance of being funded.

Below are specimen application forms for informational purposes only and should not be completed or sent to us.

Culture Seeds (Individual) Application Form

Culture Seeds (Organisation) Application Form

Culture Seeds roadshows

We will be hosting Culture Seeds Roadshows around London to offer advice and guidance on applying.

Roadshow dates and booking details are available on the GLA website using the link below.

Roadshow dates

For further information or guidance please phone our Culture Seeds team on 020 7239 1390 or email at