Below is a range of funding streams which can be used towards cultural activities in the borough.

The 2020 Culture Fund

The 2020 Culture Fund is a £500,000 grant scheme supporting local people, organisations and groups in Brent to lead their own cultural activities as part of London Borough of Culture 2020. You don’t have to live or work in Brent to apply, but you need to be working in partnership with local artists, community groups or organisations. Individuals can apply for grants up to £3,000 and organisations can apply for grants up to £10,000.

For more information and how to apply visit

Neighbourhood Community Infrastructure Levy – NCIL

The Community Infrastructure Levy is a planning charge, introduced by the Planning Act 2008 to provide a fair and transparent means for ensuring that development contributes to the cost of the infrastructure it will rely upon, such as schools and roads.

CIL funds must also be spent on priorities that are agreed in consultation with the local community. This is known as ‘Neighbourhood CIL’ and can be used to support cultural activity.

View further information on the Neighbourhood Community Infrastructure Levy

Edward Harvist Trust Fund

The grant is to fund one-off expenditure or that of a non-recurrent nature such as furniture, equipment, outings and cost relating to one-off events . The maximum grant payable is £5,000 and should equal 70% of the total expenditure (organisations are required to fund 30% of the total cost through match funding) .The next ground round will open by end of August 2018 with a closing date in September 2018.

View full details of the Edward Harvist Trust Fund application pack and grant information

Love Where You Live

Grants are available for all residents, community groups and schools who have an idea to improve the environment, tackle social isolation or help to build better community relations. The maximum grant payable is £500. Applications  can be made any time during the year and are reviewed once a month.

View further information on the Love Where You Live grant

Voluntary Sector Initiative Fund

This grant provides funding for the voluntary and community sector in Brent for projects aligned to the Brent Borough Plan priorities:

  • Better Lives
  • Better Place
  • Better Locally

The grant is a two year grant. The maximum grant payable is £50,000 over two years (subject to changes).

View further information on Voluntary Sector Initiative Fund

Brent Advice Fund

This fund is administered by CVS Brent under IAG contract.

View full details on the Brent Advice Fund

Young Londoners Fund

The Mayor has created the Young Londoners Fund to help London’s children and young adults make the most of our amazing city.

View further information about the Young Londoners Fund 

Crowdfund London

Crowdfund London gives you the opportunity to pitch new ideas - big or small - for community-led projects to make your local area even better. 

View further information about Crowdfund London