Windrush Day Grant Scheme to Support MAC's Local Community Project

Mon 23 May 2022

Midlands Arts Centre will receive funding to host events and activities to mark the fourth national Windrush Day, Communities Minister Kemi Badenoch confirmed today.

Building on the success of previous years, 35 projects across England will receive a share of £500,000 from the Department of Levelling Up, Housing and Communities.

This year’s projects will focus on bringing communities together – across different ages and ethnic backgrounds – to commemorate, celebrate and educate their local area about the contribution of the Windrush Generation and their descendants across the country. Access the full list of projects being awarded funding here.

Kemi Badenoch, Communities Minister said: “The legacy of the Windrush generation means so much to so many. As a first-generation immigrant myself, I understand personally how important it is to highlight how much we welcome and celebrate the contributions made by those who choose to make Britain home.

“Thanks to our funding, events like MAC’s long-term local community programme will help us to remember the leading role the Windrush Generation and their descendants have played in making Britain stronger, culturally richer and more inclusive.”

Paulette Simpson CBE, Chair of the Windrush Community Funds and Windrush Schemes group said: “I am delighted that we have been able to fund 35 excellent projects from across the country for the fourth annual National Windrush Day on June 22nd to celebrate the outstanding contributions that the Windrush Generation and their descendants have made, and continue to make, to British Society.    

“This year we are encouraging new, innovative proposals to share the Windrush story and reach out to people in diverse local communities. In doing so, we can ensure projects will impact history, education and celebration in a meaningful way.” 

Deborah Kermode, MAC CEO and Artistic Director, said: “We are absolutely thrilled to be a recipient of the Windrush Day Grant Scheme, supported by the Department of Levelling Up. This will contribute towards a local community project for older people, relating to our fantastic exhibition by John Akomfrah – The Unfinished Conversation, 2012. The grant is supporting a really expansive public programme, which MAC is incredibly grateful for.” 

The National Windrush monument being unveiled at Waterloo Station on 22 June (Windrush Day) will be a permanent tribute to the contribution of Caribbean pioneers in communities across the United Kingdom. It will create a permanent place of reflection and inspiration and be a visible statement of our shared history and heritage. The project is being overseen by DLUHC and led by the Windrush Commemoration Committee (WCC), chaired by Baroness Floella Benjamin DBE.

A livestream link will be posted on the Windrush Commemoration Committee website on the day. Alternatively, you can join at the Southbank Centre where a large screen will be streaming the ceremony directly, followed by Caribbean food, music, and entertainment until 7pm on Windrush Day.

Click here to find out more.