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Apply to become the London Borough of Culture

A new competition for the 32 London boroughs to apply for funding to lead a game changing cultural programme. Two winning boroughs will be named London Borough of Culture, one in 2019 and one in 2020. And up to six other boroughs will receive support to deliver bespoke cultural projects.

Inspired by the UK City and European Capital of Culture Programmes, London Borough of Culture will put culture at the heart of the community, celebrating the unique and distinctive creativity, character and diversity of London’s people and places.

It is a chance for boroughs to be bold and imaginative, working collaboratively across their communities and with artists to deliver against local priorities and ambitions, to explore new ideas and pilot new partnerships.

How can I get started?

  • we require at least one senior lead in local authorities to sign up below to receive regular bulletins and important updates
  • prepare for your application by downloading a prospectus and application guidance notes, available shortly
  • start developing your application in partnership with cultural organisations, local partners and communities

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What’s the timeline?


Date What's happening
30 June 2017 Programme launch and competition opens
1 December 2017 Application deadline