NLCF Platinum Jubilee Fund – deadline 15 December 2021 at 5pm

Article date
24 November 2021
Primary interest
Voluntary sector

The Platinum Jubilee celebrates 70 years of Her Majesty The Queen’s reign and to mark this occasion, the National Lottery Community Fund (NLCF) will fund 70 projects across the UK.

  • Funded projects will need to be up and running by Platinum Jubilee Central Weekend on the 5th June 2022.
  • They plan to make their final decisions on which projects to fund in Spring 2022. So, they would expect the projects they fund under this programme to start in Spring 2022 onwards.
  • They will work with all funded projects so that they can publicly share and uplift your work by the Jubilee central weekend on the 4th and 5th June 2022.
Who is eligible to apply:

You can apply if you are a:
• voluntary or community organization
• registered charity
• constituted group or club
• not-for-profit company or Community Interest Company
• school (as long as your project benefits and involves the communities around the school)
• statutory body (including town, parish and community council).

Your project will need to meet at least two of these criteria:
  • connects people across generations through doing activities together,
  • makes use of significant local sites or spaces as parks, heritage buildings, community spaces etc,
  • considers future generations and how the Jubilee can leave a legacy for them in the community,
  • creates new opportunities for the people that live locally to contribute and/or to build skills and experience,
  • starts something new (a set of activities, a group, a community space, a service, a network) that marks the Jubilee as a turning point in the community,
  • is designed and led by young people who want to be more active in shaping the future of their communities,
  • starts collective action in relation to the natural world locally – giving more people the opportunity to care for the planet at a local level,
What are the funder’s priorities:

The funding will be looking for and prioritising projects that:

  • draw on the creativity of the community
  • want to do something new and inventive
  • bring new opportunities
  • make use of sites of local significance
  • use multiple channels through which people can participate,
  • that will have impact on more than one of the above areas of focus, and
  • they’re especially keen to see applications led by young people.
What will be considered for funding:

The funding is intended to be used to cover:
• events and activity costs (though not celebratory or one-off events)
• equipment and materials
• staff costs
• people’s time (that may not be staff)
• training costs
• transport
• utilities/running costs related to your idea
• volunteer expenses
• translation costs
• You should consider the environmental impact of your project and try to reuse, reduce and recycle where possible.

How much can you apply for:
  • Amount of funding can be paid for projects, activities, or items, costing between £30,000 – £50,000 that meet at least two of the funding criteria.
  • The money must be spent within two years of your award.
Is there a deadline:

The fund is now closed for applications, the closing date for submitting your form was 17:00 on 15th December 2021 or once they receive 700 applications(whichever comes first).

How will the application be assessed:

They’ll aim to tell you a decision in around two months so that you have plenty of time to prepare for your project to start alongside the Jubilee in June 2022.

For more further detailed guidance and how to apply The Platinum Jubilee Fund, you can apply by The Platinum Jubilee Fund – Application form

Further support and advice from RVA:

If you would like support with understanding how to complete an application for funding, what to include in project, or assistance with any of your governance, policies and procedures that are needed to support your application, please get in touch with Herjeet Randhawa, RVA Advice Service Manager at or telephone 0118 937 2273 for free and independent support and advice.