Thamesmead Community Fund
The Thamesmead Community Fund awards grants of up to £3,000 to individuals and organisations to deliver cultural or community projects to benefit Thamesmead’s residents. The money for the fund comes from the fees that Peabody earns through location filming in Thamesmead, and from the Peabody Community Foundation.
We’re actively encouraging projects for the Nest community centre and Moorings Sociable Club during this round of funding. If this is of interest and you’d like to book a tour of either building, please call our Community Properties team on 0203 828 4920. Need more information? A Zoom session will be taking place on Tuesday 5 July 2022, so have your questions ready if you have a project in mind.
Round open: Monday 28 June 2022 – Friday 22 July 2022 at 12noon
Click here to find out more and apply.
The Thamesmead Community Fund is run by Peabody, the London Community Foundation, and an advisory group of local residents and stakeholders.
Thamesmead Community Fund Panel
We have eight people from the immediate community that support us with the decision making on how our community grants are awarded within Thamesmead. They act as a champion for the wider community; are ambassadors for the Thamesmead Community Fund, and provide advice on how to promote the Fund within the local community.
Thamesmead Community Archive
Thamesmead's Community Archive is funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and has already unearthed a number of documents, artefacts, and photos that link to Thamesmead's history - all contributed by local people. You can find out more about the Community Archive here.
Festival Production Group
Over the last three years, many of you have helped us ensure that the Thamesmead Festival is an accessible, friendly, and fun experience; that can be attended by local people and visitors from afar.
We now have a team of 11 residents who are the key decision-makers around the development of the Thamesmead Festival 2021, making sure that the interests and needs of the whole community are at the heart of the event. As we have had to postpone this year’s festival the Thamesmead Festival production group has been working to bring smaller community events to Thamesmead, such as the Thamesmead Market.
The Thamesmead Open
On 27 February we launched The Thamesmead Open, an ambitious, open call, international art competition. With a total budget of £200,000, The Thamesmead Open is designed to establish the area as a cultural destination and innovator. We're inviting artists to react to the unique setting of Thamesmead with proposals that directly respond to the location and encourage engagement with it. The commission is intended to make a bold statement for Thamesmead, putting the area on the map and raising cultural ambitions. Ideas can be presented for any location in Thamesmead, provided that logistics can be met. Submissions should be relevant for current Thamesmead residents, but also reflect the change that is coming, and speak to the future residents that will make Thamesmead their home.
The Thamesmead Open will run over two years and the £200,000 budget is to cover artist and organisation fees, production costs, and travel. The project can be delivered over two years and must be completed by March 2022. A panel of judges, which will include Thamesmead residents and representatives from the Royal Borough of Greenwich Council and London Borough of Bexley, will review applications and select the winner. The winner of the competition will be announced at the end of September.
Thamesmead Cultural Infrastructure Plan
In February 2020 we launched our Cultural Infrastructure Plan for Thamesmead, the first to be published in London. ‘A home for culture in London’s new town’ forms a key part of our long-term cultural strategy, and will serve as a blueprint for creating the cultural facilities that Thamesmead must provide to create a culturally rich and vibrant new town for London, which will likely be home to over 100,000 residents by 2030 with 20,000 new homes.
Our plan responds to the Mayor of London’s Cultural Infrastructure Plan, published in March 2019, which sets out what is needed to protect and grow London’s cultural facilities and its cultural economy. ‘A home for culture’ is based on the principle that culture should be a part of everyday life for Thamesmead’s residents and is a vital component of making great places.
Thamesmead Culture Forum
Get involved in arts and culture in Thamesmead by attending our monthly Thamesmead Culture Forum. It is for anyone interested in culture who wants to share their work and ideas, contribute their expertise or local knowledge, and welcome others who want to contribute to culture in Thamesmead. The forum is held every first Wednesday of the Month, from 5pm – 7pm.
Thamesmead Culture Guide & Directory
The Thamesmead Culture Guide & Directory is the celebration of a proud and pioneering creative community. Rappers, poets, painters, dancers, filmmakers, artist studios, a community radio station, a travelling cinema, a contemporary art organisation, a flagship festival and street artists have all made Thamesmead their home. This collective work is inspiring a groundswell of energy, and the Culture Guide & Directory showcase this growing cultural prowess. Unconventional and non-conforming, this is Thamesmead’s creative story.