The National Lottery Community Fund has launched a Platinum Jubilee Fund to mark Her Majesty the Queen’s 70th (Platinum) Jubilee.

Grants are available for local not-for-profit organisations across the UK to deliver community projects which support new opportunities and build better relationships across generations and with the natural world.

Fund Information

Maximum value: £ 50,000

Application deadline: 15/12/2021

Objectives of Fund

Funding is intended to support projects which go beyond simply celebrating, and create lasting change for communities in line with the NLCF’s three priority areas:

  • Across Generations – Strengthening relationships between generations and creating a legacy for future generations.
  • Community Renewal – Supporting new opportunities for people to develop skills and experiences in their local community, as well as opportunities to bring people together in new ways, and in new or different places and spaces.
  • Shared Natural World – Deepening care and action locally for the natural world.

Value Notes

There is a total funding pot of £3.5 million.

Grants of £30,000 to £50,000 are available. It is expected that 70 projects will be funded.

Who Can Apply

The following types of organisations in the UK may apply:

  • Voluntary or community organisations.
  • Registered charities.
  • Constituted groups or clubs.
  • Not-for-profit companies or Community Interest Companies.
  • Statutory bodies (including town, parish, community councils or local councils).

Applicants must have:

  • A UK bank account with two unrelated signatories.
  • A board or committee consisting of at least two unconnected people.
  • Appropriate safeguarding measures in place.
  • The means to ensure that projects are addressing any potential barriers for people to take part, including communities experiencing ethnic or racial inequity, disabled people, Travellers, LGBTQ+ people, and people who are seeking asylum or are refugees.

Priority will be given to groups which:

  • Have not received NLCF funding before.
  • Do not have a current NLCF award.
  • Are smaller or medium-sized organisations with an annual turnover of under £100,000, or can demonstrate that they have significant reach into communities and are able to engage a large number of people to get involved.
  • Work in communities where there is a history of fewer funding opportunities.
  • Work in areas where communities face more challenging economic circumstances.

Eligible Expenditure

Projects 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 proposals that:

  • Draw on the creativity of the community.
  • Want to do something new and inventive.
  • Bring new opportunities.
  • Make use of sites of local significance.
  • Use multiple channels through which people can participate.
  • Will have impact on more than one area of focus.
  • Are led by young people.

Grants can cover:

  • Events and activity costs (though not celebratory or one-off events).
  • Equipment and materials.
  • Staff costs.
  • People’s time (that may not be staff).
  • Training costs.
  • Utilities/running costs related to the project.
  • Volunteer expenses.
  • Translation costs.

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

How To Apply

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

Decisions are expected around two months from the closing date.

Full guidelines and an online application form at https://www.tnlcommunityfund.org.uk/funding/programmes/the-platinum-jubilee-fund.