Millions in grants to help communities celebrate Queen’s jubilee
A £3.5m Platinum Jubilee Fund to help communities mark the 70th anniversary of the Queen’s reign next year, it was announced today.
The fund is offering up to £50,000 to potentially 70 projects, financed by the National Lottery Community Fund. There will also be grants of up to £10,000 from the National Lottery Awards For All programme for community led events.
Added to this a £5m Let’s Create Jubilee Fund launched to help voluntary and community organisations to develop creative and cultural activities as part of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations by Arts Council England with grants of up to £10,000. This fund will be administered by UK Community Foundations and applicants will be encouraged to partner with established artists, creatives and cultural organisations to develop their activities, ensuring that the Jubilee celebrations become an opportunity for communities throughout England to enjoy the best of the country’s culture and creativity, as well as celebrating an important milestone in our national history.
And the National Lottery Heritage Fund is investing £5m in supporting communities across the UK to re-connect with the nature on their doorstep -from wilding verges and sowing meadows, to digging ponds and creating highways for nature – encouraging them to help natural green spaces flourish as a legacy of the Platinum Jubilee. An extra £2m will create 70 paid placements for young people from under-served and disadvantaged backgrounds to develop the skills, experience and practical qualifications for those looking to enter a career in wildlife and nature.
Sport England is also committing up to £5million for a Queen's Platinum Jubilee Activity Fund, opening at the beginning of 2022, to focus on the role of sport and physical activity in tackling inequalities and building stronger communities.