Event Proposals Call Out

To mark Black History Month this October, Newham Council is inviting individuals, groups and organisations to contribute to a programme of celebration, inspiration and recognition, responding to the theme of Strength, Courage, Determination.
5 August 2020

To apply

To apply, complete the Event Funding Application Form with as much detail as possible and send by 10am, Monday 17 August 2020 to Monica Thomas at monica.thomas@newham.gov.uk. If you would like to discuss your proposal, contact Monica on 07580 043 987 or by email.
Existing events
If you are already planning an event for Black History Month and would like to include it in the Council’s marketing, please email Monica Thomas at monica.thomas@newham.gov.uk

This year it is ever more important to recognise and learn about the history of Black people in light of Black Lives Matter movement and COVID-19.

Our aim is to deliver an engaging, high-quality and accessible programme that explores the adversity that Black people have faced and how their strength, courage and determination has shaped society throughout history.
In light of the social distancing restrictions, the programme will be a mix of digital and physical content. If your proposal is for a physical activity, you will need to demonstrate how it could be easily transitioned to a digital activity.

The digital element of the programme will be presented via the Newham Black History Month website – www.newhamblackhistory.org

We are looking for proposals that address one or more the following strands:

  • Activism
  • Equality
  • Impact on society
  • Inclusion, tolerance and respect of differences
  • Injustice
  • Inspiration

We are particularly interested in receiving proposals that also address:

  • Issues facing Black people today
  • Young people
  • Local and national achievers
  • Windrush Generation
  • National Health Service
  • Intergenerational; ie reminiscence events
  • Popular culture; music, hair, food
  • Your proposal must include an element of evaluation, although you may be provided with a short questionnaire for participants to complete.


Up to £1,000 is available for events. The fee should cover all elements of the event including planning, materials, travel, on site event management and evaluation.
Please ensure you carefully consider your technical (audio visual, ICT) requirements in relation to your chosen venue. Some technical equipment is available in Council venues (libraries, community centres and town halls), but these may not be suitable for your event. If technical equipment is required, please indicate on the form (this does not need to be included in your budget).

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