Peabody announces special coronavirus community fund

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Today (31 July), we launched a one-off round of our Thamesmead Community Fund in response to the impact of Coronavirus on artists and community groups.

The special round closes on Thursday 13 August. We're inviting people to apply for funding of between £200 and £2000 for COVID-19 secure programmes, such as online and socially distanced projects.

Applications are made via the London Community Foundation website which also has details of the latest government and Peabody guidelines which projects must adhere to.

During the application period of 31 July to 13 August there will be an opportunity on 4 August for applicants to ask Peabody staff any questions they might have about the funding via Zoom.

Gez Kellaghan, Peabody’s Community Regeneration Manager in Thamesmead, said: “I’m really pleased we are launching this special round of the Thamesmead Community Fund.

“This is a one-off grant round to support community groups, local residents and artists to deliver projects over the next few months that can be run safely with government guidelines in mind. 

“If you’ve got an idea for an activity which could be delivered safely online or in “safe family bubbles” in Thamesmead then we’d love to hear from you.”

The grants will be announced no later than 1 September. Once the final decision has been made by the resident panel, which is made up of eight local people.

The Fund was initially launched in 2018 to celebrate Thamesmead’s 50th anniversary and is jointly funded by fees from location filming which takes place in the town and the Peabody Community Foundation. It was renamed the Thamesmead Community Fund last year and gives grants of between £200 and £2000 to community-based activities that create a happier and more culturally active Thamesmead.

To join the Zoom meeting on 4 August, please get in contact with Lisa Drew, Cultural Programme Manager at [email protected]

To apply for a grant, visit