To mark Her Majesty the Queen’s 70th (Platinum) Jubilee, The National Lottery Community Fund will make funding available to 70 projects across the UK. This is a significant National moment, and we are looking for projects that go beyond simply celebrating it. Instead, we want to fund projects aligned to one or more of our three areas of focus:

  1. Across Generations – Strengthening relationships between generations and creating a legacy for future generations.
  2. 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.
  3. Our Shared Natural World – Deepening our care and action locally for the natural world.

Funded projects will need to be up and running by Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Central Weekend on the 5 June 2022. We plan to make our final decisions on which projects to fund in Spring 2022. So, we would expect the projects we fund under this programme to start in Spring 2022 onwards.

Funding programme key facts:

  • Opens to applications on Wednesday 17 November 2021 and closes at 5pm on Wednesday 15 December, unless 700 applications are received sooner
  • Available UK wide but projects do not need to be operating across the UK
  • £3.5m is available and we’ll be offering grants of between £30,000 – £50,000
  • 70 projects will receive funding
  • Funded projects will have up to 2 years to deliver their activities from award
  • Will not cover capital costs

The Platinum Jubilee Fund will offer eligible groups funding for activities that meet at least two of the following criteria:

  • connects people across generations through doing activities together
  • makes use of significant local sites or spaces – parks, heritage buildings, community spaces etc.
  • 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 locally – giving more people the opportunity to care for the planet at a local level

We’ll prioritise applications from groups who:

  • have not received funding from us before
  • do not have a current award with us
  • are smaller or medium sized organisations or groups with an annual turnover of under £100,000
  • or are organisations that can demonstrate to us 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 we know communities face challenging economic circumstances. You can apply online from 17 November by searching for ‘The Platinum Jubilee’ on our website.

You’ll need to ensure that your group or organisation is eligible to apply. If your group or organisation is NOT eligible, even if we love your idea we cannot award funding.

What is an eligible organisation? You can apply if you are a:

  • voluntary or community organisation
  • registered charity
  • constituted group or club
  • not-for-profit company or Community Interest Company
  • school (as long as your project benefits and involves the communities around the school)
  • statutory body (including town, parish, community council or local council).

In addition:

  • You must have a UK bank account or building society account for your group or organisation. It needs to be in the legal name of your organisation, with at least two unconnected people who are able to manage the account.
  • It must be with a UK based bank or Building Society which is covered and authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority, and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and the Prudential Regulation Authority. They must also be covered by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme.
  • The account must require at least two unconnected and unrelated signatories to authorise all withdrawals and transactions.
  • You will need to submit a bank statement that is less than 3 months old with your online application.
  • Your organisation should have at least two unconnected people on the board or committee. By unconnected, we mean not a relation by blood, marriage, in a long-term relationship, or people living together at the same address.
  • You will need to give the details of a main contact (usually the person completing the application form) and a senior contact (usually someone on your Board or equivalent) – their full names, date of birth and their home addresses (not the address of the organisation)
  • If your project works with children, young people or vulnerable adults you will also need to consider how your project will keep people safe and confirm that you have an up-to-date safeguarding policy in place. For more info on safeguarding please take a look at our website.
  • You will also need to make sure your project is addressing any potential barriers for people to take part, including communities experiencing ethnic or racial inequity, discrimination or inequality, disabled people, Travellers, LGBTQ+ people, and people who are seeking asylum or who are refugees.

To help answer any questions groups may have about our eligibility please contact [email protected].