The Foundation, alongside the network of community foundations, will be distributing the Arts Council England Let’s Create Jubilee Fund, a £5million programme that will support community and voluntary organisations in England to develop creative and cultural activities as part of Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations in June 2022.

The programme is made possible with funding from the National Lottery, whose players raise £30million for good causes every week. Heart of England Community Foundation will be managing the fund distribution in the West Midlands and Warwickshire as part of the UK Community Foundation network distribution across England.

Applicants will be able to apply for grants of up to £10,000, and are encouraged to partner with established artists, creatives and cultural organisations to develop their activities, ensuring that The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations give people throughout England the chance to experience the best of the country’s culture while also celebrating an important milestone in our national history.

Darren Henley, Chief Executive at Arts Council England, said:

“We’re giving people across the country the chance to come together to experience the joy of culture and creativity in celebration of this historic milestone. With the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee taking place alongside the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games Festival and the Unboxed festival of UK creativity, next year is set to be a magnificent celebration of our nation’s artistic achievements.”

Rosemary Macdonald, CEO at UK Community Foundations, said:

“UK Community Foundations is proud to partner with Arts Council England to deliver the Let’s Create Jubilee Fund.  Our members look forward to working with local groups and artists who will create imaginative and innovative celebrations to mark this historic occasion, and strengthen cultural involvement and opportunities in their communities.”

Tina Costello, CEO at the Foundation, said:

“It’s fantastic to be part of this wonderful opportunity to provide funding to local groups in the West Midlands and Warwickshire during this once in a lifetime event. I’m excited to see what fun projects the Foundation will help bring to life! 2022 will be a great year for cultural celebrations to thrive in the region along with Coventry City of Culture and the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.”

Full guidance on the fund can be found on the UK Community Foundations website here. Applications will open on 4 January via our Available Grants page.