Grassroots Award Opens for Submissions

Melissa RayBlog, News

Grassroots Awardee Jo Summers’ Pop Up Arcade in 2016.


“BDF will be a vehicle for social change, connecting people from communities across the city with opportunities for expressing their creativity, for exploration of digital culture and understanding how digital culture is shaping their future” – Brighton Digital Festival Manifesto


Outstanding community-driven activity is at the heart of the Brighton Digital Festival. That’s why, for the fifth year running, we’re looking to support a handful of event organisers through our Grassroots Award.


Awards of up to £1000 are available for events that would be unlikely to take place during Brighton Digital Festival 2017 without financial support. As always, we particularly welcome submissions from independent organisers that are community focussed and engage groups who are typically underrepresented in the festival.


Over the years the Grassroots Award has supported a wide range of events that cultivate safe forums for people who are largely underrepresented or marginalised within the digital industries and society at large. From youth-led innovation in food waste reduction to pop up arcades, a digital scavenger hunt to a Drag Princess performance, this award is designed to make space for everyone.


To apply, please email a short description of your proposed event identifying the following:


  • Your vision – What is your event? Why do you want to do it?
  • Your plan – What do you need to do to make it happen? When will this occur? What have you done already?
  • Your audience – Who is it for? How many people is it for? How will you market your event?
  • Your budget – What are your costs? What will this money pay for? What other sources of income do you have? (Please say whether these are expected or confirmed)


Proposals should be no more than two pages of A4 text. We cannot continue to fund events that have received Grassroots funding before – if you have received funding from us in previous years we will need to see a significant development in your activity.


Deadline for proposals is 12 noon Monday 10th July 2017.


Please send all proposals to



7th June – Call opens

Noon, 10th July – Call closes

16th July – Awardees confirmed

14th September – Brighton Digital Festival launches

13th October – Brighton Digital Festival ends