New fund launched for communities to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee

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Arts Council England has announced a £5 million programme to support voluntary and community groups to develop creative and cultural activities as part of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations in June 2022. The One Community Foundation will administer the fund for the Kirklees area.

The fund, which opened on January 4th 2022, is available to eligible projects which engage with at least one of the art forms that Arts Council England supports through its funding. These are: 

  • Music
  • Theatre
  • Dance
  • Visual arts
  • Literature
  • Combined arts – including festivals and carnivals
  • Museum and library activities.

Grants of up to £10,000 are available, and applicants are encouraged to partner with established artists, creatives and cultural organisations to develop their activities, ensuring that the Jubilee celebrations become an opportunity for communities to enjoy the best of Kirklees culture and creativity, as well as celebrating an important milestone in our national history. 

Eligible costs that the grant can be used for include:

  • costs of organising your events and people needed to manage the project 
  • artist fees (both creating and delivering the event)
  • volunteer expenses 
  • materials or equipment needed for the event or activity 
  • food and non-alcoholic drinks 
  • marketing costs and promotion of the event 
  • overheads relating specifically to the project (such as insurance) 
  • costs of making your event accessible to all, such as BSL interpreters, translation services, additional signage

The grant cannot cover: activities that have already taken place, or to order or purchase goods or services before a decision has been made on the application, activity that does not culminate in June 2022 or the costs of routine activity that regularly takes place and is not adapted or enhanced to do something special as part of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

All applicants will have a funding decision by Friday 1st April 2022.

The fund is being administered by One Community on behalf of the Arts Council. Head over to the One Community website for more information on the fund, eligibility criteria and applying Open Arts Council – One Community (

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