In 2022, Her Majesty, The Queen will become the first British Monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee, commemorating 70 years of service.
To celebrate the occasion, £70k has been allocated to create a Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Fund. The purpose of this special fund is to enable non-profit making community and voluntary groups, schools and churches within the Scottish Borders to apply for grant funding to take part in celebratory events, and community and legacy projects, to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.
Projects and activities should be for the benefit of the wider community and events should take place on the weekend of 2-5 June 2022.
Celebrating the Queen's Platinum Jubilee
Throughout the year, Her Majesty and other members of the Royal Family will travel around the country to undertake a variety of engagements to mark this historic occasion culminating with the focal point of the Platinum Jubilee Weekend in June.
An extended Bank Holiday, from Thursday 2 June to Sunday 5 June 2022, will provide an opportunity for communities and people throughout the United Kingdom to come together to celebrate the historic milestone. The four days of celebrations will include public events and community activities, as well as national moments of reflection on The Queen’s 70 years of service.
The purpose of the Queen's Platinum Jubilee Fund is to enable communities in the Scottish Borders to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. Celebrations might take the form of events, concerts, open days, street parties, or a lasting legacy by perhaps improving public spaces, play parks, gardens or planting commemorative trees.
Building on our experience of a similar initiative in 2012 to celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, we expect similar participation this time round, with grants being awarded typically in the region of £1k. Grants up to a maximum of £2.5k will be considered for larger projects or for projects that create a lasting legacy of the Queen's Platinum Jubilee.
Applying for the Queen's Platinum Jubilee Fund
The fund is now open to allow for the planning of events and activities. It will close on 30 April 2022 to allow for grant award payments to be processed before the Platinum Jubilee Weekend.
The fund is open to non-constituted groups but they must nominate a constituted group (e.g. their local Community Council) to accept the award on their behalf.
Evaluation of applications will be carried out by Jenni Craig, Director of Resilient Communities, and the Community Grants Team. This is to allow applications to be fast tracked and evaluated quickly, given the tight timescales involved.
If you have any questions about the Queen's Platinum Jubilee Fund, read our FAQs or contact the Community Grants team.