Arts Council England (ACE) is the national development agency for creativity and culture. ACE have set out in their strategic vision in Let’s Create: by 2030 England will be a country in which the creativity of each of us is valued and given the chance to flourish and where everyone of us has access to a remarkable range of high-quality cultural experiences. ACE invest public money from Government and The National Lottery to help support the sector and to deliver this vision.
The Let’s Create Jubilee Fund will support voluntary and community groups to develop creative and cultural activities as part of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations in June 2022. The fund is open to voluntary and community organisations with charitable aims towards a common goal which does not have to be based around arts and culture. However, the application itself has to be focused on creative and cultural activity.
What types of projects will the fund support?
The fund will support new creative and cultural activities developed for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in June 2022.
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 to 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:
- Visual arts
- Combined arts – including festivals and carnivals
- Museum and library activities.
If your organisation’s project is not already led by an artist, creative or cultural organisation, you are strongly encouraged to partner with an artist, creative or cultural organisation that has been in receipt of ACE funding within the last 4 years to help deliver your project. Please note that ACE funded National Portfolio Organisations (NPOs) are not eligible to be the lead applicant for this programme. However, they would be a strong partner on an application, so we would encourage NPOs to work with local community and voluntary organisations to be partners on their applications.
Although this is not essential, we would expect the largest awards (i.e. £5k – £10k) to involve this sort of partnership and you will be asked about this in your application.
ACE are particularly keen to support projects in areas with the highest indices of multiple deprivation
How much can we apply for?
Grants will be available from £750 to £10,000. We can part fund a project if the overall cost is more than you are applying for.
What can we fund?
Eligible costs include:
- Costs of organising your events and people needed to manage the project
- Artist fees (both creating and delivering the event); (ACE guidance on the fair pay of artists will be made available)
- 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
* if costs for equipment make up a significant proportion of the grant, you will need to explain how this equipment will benefit you in the long term
What can’t we fund?
- 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
- 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
- Contributions to appeals
- Ongoing costs or overheads (although project-related overheads are eligible)
- Other standard exclusions (see What we can’t fund on our Grants page)
- Opens for applications: Tuesday 4th January 2022
- Closes: midday on 14th February 2022.
- Decisions: by Friday 1st April 2022.
- Project: Your project can begin from 1st April 2022. Public-facing activity should take place in June on or near the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Weekend. The project end date should be no later than August to include any evaluation and final payments.
An end of grant evaluation report will be expected by the end of August 2022
Beneficiaries of grants from the fund will be asked to list their event on the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee website https://platinumjubilee.gov.uk/
How to apply:
ACE and UKCF are keen to gather additional data in order to monitor the different backgrounds of people who receive grants. To report this, applicants should download the additional monitoring form here and attach it when submitting your application. We will not use this information to assess your application. If you do not know some of the information or you would prefer not to provide it, you can fill in the ‘Not known/Prefer not to answer’ box
We are pleased to be partnering with Buckinghamshire Culture on the grant making panel for this fund. If you would like to talk through your ideas for a cultural event, Buckinghamshire Culture will be running a funding surgery on 2nd February via Teams – book your place click here.
Let’s Create Jubilee Fund guidance documents in audio, large print and easy read format available here