The global coronavirus pandemic meant many of us felt our worlds shrink. Limited in where we could go resulted in us spending more time in and around our homes than ever. For some, perhaps those with disabilities or who are vulnerable, this was not new reality, but for others it was a stark change. For all of us, our lives feel more local than ever.
We wanted to support our community to create projects that benefited the area and the lives of the people in it.
We offered ten micro-grants supporting local people to develop new ideas – creative, cultural or community.
Open to all and any projects – plant projects, workspace, food events, creative workshops, arts projects, local radio – we received a variety of applications from people wanting to brighten up their community and collaborate with friends & neighbours.
Applications for the Imagine Fund are now closed. Sign up to our newsletter to hear about future opportunities. Will the fund support projects outside of Culture Mile?
The fund will prioritise projects that benefit the communities within a 30-minute walking radius of Barbican Tube Station.
Will the fund support projects that are already in receipt of other funding?
The fund is primarily to support the development of new ideas, so will prioritise projects which will benefit the most from the funds.
Who decides on which projects are successful?
The Imagine Panel is made up of a group of local stakeholders and Culture Mile partners who are invested in the area and cover a broad range of communities and areas of interest.
What is expected of fund recipients?
Fund recipients will be expected to stay in touch with Culture Mile about the development of their project / idea and to take part in the sharing event to showcase how their project has developed.
Who can apply?
Anyone living, working or studying in Culture Mile can apply – we're looking to support ideas from & for local people.
When will I receive funding?
The £500 grant will be paid to successful applicants in early November.
What if my idea is affected by Coronavirus?
Of course, we are all having to be flexible and reactive to the changing Coronavirus situation. Where possible we will support you to deliver your project in a COVID-secure way in line with the current guidelines, and we remain flexible about outcomes.
When do I have to deliver my project?
As stated above, we are flexible about how you deliver your project or develop your idea. The grant period runs until Spring 2021 at which point there will be a sharing event to celebrate the community creations.
What sort of projects will be considered?
We will consider all kinds of projects, but are particularly interested in ideas that wouldn’t be funded elsewhere. Projects could be research, community based, creative, wellbeing focused – we want to know what’s important to you.
How much of my time will be required if successful?
As much time as is needed to develop your idea and stay in communication with the Culture Mile team.
I’m not eligible, how else can I get involved with Culture Mile? Sign up to our newsletter to stay in touch about future opportunities. What is Culture Mile?
Culture Mile is the City of London’s new cultural district, stretching from Farringdon to Moorgate. Led by the City of London Corporation, with the Barbican, Guildhall School of Music & Drama, London Symphony Orchestra and Museum of London, the five partners are together creating a vibrant, creative area in the north-west corner of the Square Mile.
What does Culture Mile do?
Alongside animating the whole district with imaginative collaborations and events, delivering major enhancements to the streets and improving wayfinding, Culture Mile works with organisations from across the City to build a world-class hub of creativity, innovation and learning that delivers economic growth and social mobility for London.