Arts Council England Let’s Create Jubilee Fund

Supporting voluntary and community groups to develop creative and cultural activities as part of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations in June 2022

Arts Council England Let’s Create Jubilee Fund


The fund is open to voluntary and community organisations with charitable aims and working towards a common goal which does not have to be based solely around arts and culture. Applicant organisations must be local to Dorset and have been established for at least 12 months. We do not fund national charities but can fund local branches if they are managed separately and financially independent.

 Organisations that can apply:

  • Registered Charities
  • Constituted Community and Voluntary Organisations
  • Community Interest Companies (please see additional guidance for CICs in appendix 1 of our full grant-making policy here)
  • Social Enterprises (companies limited by guarantee that have a clear not-for-profit clause in their governing document and clear charitable or social objectives)

 To be eligible the organisation must have:

  • A management committee or board of Trustees/Directors with at least 3 unrelated people
  • A written constitution or set of rules that sets out the purpose and management of the organisation
  • A bank account in the name of the organisation with at least two unrelated cheque signatories required for payments
  • An appropriate Safeguarding Policy


  • Schools are not eligible but we can fund PTA groups if they meet our eligibility guidelines
  • We cannot fund the promotion of religion or political causes
  • We cannot fund public bodies to carry out their statutory obligations
  • We cannot fund animal welfare organisations
  • We cannot offer retrospective funding for items already purchased or work completed
  • Organisations with more than 12 months’ unrestricted reserves are usually not funded


The Let’s Create Jubilee Fund will support voluntary and community groups to develop new creative and cultural activities as part of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations in June 2022. The fund has been created by Arts Council England (ACE) with funds from the National Lottery.

Art and culture should be at the heart of your project. Applicants are strongly encouraged to partner with an artist, creative or cultural organisation that has been in receipt of ACE funding within the last four years to help deliver their project. Although this is not an essential requirement, in general we would expect larger awards (i.e. 5-10k) to involve this sort of partnership. You can find out more about ACE supported artists or organisations in your local area on our website. You can also contact the Grants Manager (Ellie Maguire) who can help groups to connect with local arts/culture organisations – please call for pre application support on 07592 032666.

Culture and creativity come in all shapes and sizes, so we do not want to be too prescriptive about what form projects could take; it’s more important for you to consider how to deliver creative and cultural activity that your local communities will want to take part in and find a partner who can help you deliver it. To be eligible projects should engage with at least one of the artforms which ACE supports through its funding. These are:

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

Projects must be of benefit to people and/or communities in England and projects demonstrating an inclusive approach will be prioritised.

What can I apply for?

Grants from £750 to £10,000 are available.

The project can begin from 1st April so that preparation can take place such as rehearsals etc. Public-facing activity should take place in June 2022. The project end date can be in August to include any evaluation and final payments.

We will fund any costs relating specifically to the project including:

  • costs of organising your events and people needed to manage the project
  • artist fees (both creating and delivering the event); there is guidance available on the fair pay of artists here
  • volunteer expenses
  • materials or equipment needed for the event or activity (if equipment makes up a significant proportion of the grant please explain how this will benefit you in the long term)
  • 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
  • A reasonable contingency

We cannot fund 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

Monitoring and reporting

If you receive a grant, you will need to:

  • accept and run your project in line with the terms and conditions
  • keep clear records of project management and finances (including all invoices) and make these available upon request
  • share news of your funding with your community and more widely using the communications pack provided, including via a national platform profiling activity celebrating the Jubilee (you will need to sign up here):
  • Include the official hashtags #CreativeJubilee and #LottoGoodCauses in social media posts about your activity
  • complete a light touch online End of Grant form including how the grant was spent, beneficiary numbers and project outcomes, key learning or challenges, any lasting partnerships resulting from the project
  • respond to ACE if asked to take part in any marketing activity. This could include providing some photos and image permission forms, a quote and availability to do media interviews. You may also be invited to attend a 2-hour focus group so ACE can find out more about the impact of the project. This would either be in person or online.

How to Apply

This fund is now closed for applications.


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