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Launch of the Reclaim Black Heritage Fund

January 13th, 2023

Reclaim Black Heritage Fund launched

We are pleased to announce the launch of the Reclaim Black Heritage Fund, offering a number of Black led groups and Black individuals the opportunity to apply for funding.

Join us in celebrating this exuberantly defiant act of rebellion by carrying the flame of resistance and equality further into the 21st century. You, as an individual or accompanied by your group/organisation, can produce your own Act of Exuberant Defiance, and leave your own personal mark on the struggle against inequity. Apply before 2nd March

The priorities are:

  1. To commemorate the 81 uprisings.

  2. To benefit and support the Black community in the stated location. 

Apply before 2nd March 2023 for up to £4k funding from the Reclaim Black Heritage Fund.Tell us how your project would benefit and support the Black community.

This funding is open to Black-Led groups and individuals who are developing projects that are in line with the 81 Acts Humanifesto. Successful applicants' projects are to be completed by Saturday 15th July 2023. Awards will be announced 10th to the 12th April 2023. More details are on the website

What’s the criteria? 

To be considered for support, Groups and Projects eligible are as follows:

 ● The Act-Maker is a Black-led group or individual

● The project upholds the principles and values of the 81 Acts Humanifesto

● The Act-Maker must be in the stated locations

● The Act-Maker has a primary objective of creating long-term change in society by addressing the causes of injustice and inequality related to the ’81 Uprising

● The Act-Maker focuses on addressing issues that face the stated communities and are led by that community

● The Act-Maker struggles to get funding elsewhere, particularly if other funders might consider them to be ‘too radical’

● If the Act-Maker is a group: Groups that have been formed for 6 months or more and can demonstrate 6 months of regular activity

● The group/individual ethos aligns with NHLF guidance, here 

Supported by National Lottery Heritage Fund and 81 Acts. Coordinated by the Black Community Led Forum. For more details visit


Background to this opportunity:

In April 1981, Black communities in Brixton rose up in a bloody confrontation against the oppressive Metropolitan Police Force. This took place against a backdrop of racism, severe economic recession, and high unemployment. Although the 1981 Uprisings started in April 1981 in Brixton, they were preceded by the 1980 Uprisings in Bristol. What was to happen in Brixton in 1981 would not have its  monumental status if it were not also succeeded, in July 1981, by communities on frontlines up and down the country. 

The 1981 Brixton uprisings were followed by Black communities in Handsworth, Chapeltown, Toxteth, and Moss Side. Together these events shook the British state to its core, and permanently altered the trajectory of the Black experience in Britain for generations to come. 

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