Applications Open for Grants to Mark Her Majesty the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee

Funding for local projects which promote community development, local connections and commemorate the Jubilee.

Non-profit organisations across the United Kingdom can now apply for their share of a £3.5 million pot from the National Lottery Community Fund, in celebration of Her Majesty the Queen’s 70th year of reign.

Grants of £30,000 to £50,000 are available, with the expectation that 70 projects will be funded.

Projects should go beyond simply celebrating, and must meet at least two of the following criteria:

  • Connects people across generations through doing activities together.
  • Makes use of significant local sites or spaces, eg parks, heritage buildings, community spaces.
  • Considers future generations and how the Jubilee can leave a legacy for them in the community.
  • Creates new opportunities for the people that live locally to contribute and/or to build skills and experience.
  • Starts something new (a set of activities, a group, a community space, a service, a network) that marks the jubilee as a turning point in the community.
  • Is designed and led by young people who want to be more active in shaping the future of their communities.
  • Starts collective action in relation to the natural world, giving more people the opportunity to care for the planet at a local level.

Priority will be given to groups which:

  • Have not received a grant from National Lottery Community Fund before.
  • Are smaller or medium-sized organisations with an annual turnover of less than £100,000 or can demonstrate that they have significant reach into communities to engage a large number of people.
  • Work in communities where there is a history of fewer funding opportunities.
  • Work in areas where communities face more challenging economic circumstances.

Organisations will have up to two years to deliver their activities from award. Funded projects must be up and running into time for Her Majesty the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Central Weekend on 5 June 2022.

The deadline for applications is 15 December 2021 (17:00) or once 700 applications are received, whichever comes first.

(This report was the subject of a GRANTfinder Newsflash.)