Derbyshire volunteer groups encouraged to apply for Queen’s Jubilee fund

Posted by: Laura O'Neil

Fri 11th February 2022

A new fund will enable communities to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee through culture and creativity.

In 2022 the Queen will become the first British monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee.

Derbyshire voluntary and community organisations can apply to the national Let’s Create Jubilee Fund to help them deliver creative activity for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations.

The aim is to empower community organisations to work collaboratively with artists and cultural organisations to produce fresh work that is meaningful to their local community.

The grants, distributed by Arts Council England and UK Community Foundations, will range from £750 to £10,000.

Darren Henley, chief executive at Arts Council England said: “We’re giving people across the country the chance to come together to experience the joy of culture and creativity in celebration of this historic milestone.

“With the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee taking place alongside the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games Festival and the Unboxed festival of UK creativity, next year is set to be a magnificent celebration of our nation’s artistic achievements.”

Although the funding usually falls under several artform disciplines, the fund distributors said they do not want to be too prescriptive over what kinds of creative responses they expect to see for the Let’s Create Jubilee Fund.

Instead, they want to encourage community organisations to think about what creative activity would mean the most to their local communities and why.

Voluntary and community organisations will be encouraged to partner with a practitioner or organisation who has received Arts Council funding in the last four years to deliver their activity.

The fund distributors believe that the strongest applications will demonstrate a strong partnership with a cultural organisation or artists or creative professional, to ensure the activity is high quality and relevant for the audiences and participants who will experience the event.

Rosemary Macdonald, CEO at UK Community Foundations said: “UK Community Foundations is proud to partner with Arts Council England to deliver the Let’s Create Jubilee Fund.

“Our members look forward to working with local groups and artists who will create imaginative and innovative celebrations to mark this historic occasion, and strengthen cultural involvement and opportunities in their communities.”

Applications close on February 28. Successful applicants will be informed on April 1 and projects will take place in June 2022.

Find more information here.