Hampshire and Isle of Wight Community Foundation (HIWCF) is delighted be one of the network of community foundations distributing the ‘Arts Council England Let’s Create Jubilee Fund’. As part of the £5 million programme, HIWCF will be distributing nearly £150,000 to local community and voluntary organisations to use creative and cultural activities to celebrate Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in June 2022.

Charities, community organisations and voluntary groups working in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight (including Southampton and Portsmouth) will be able to apply for grants of up to £10,000. They are encouraged to collaborate with established artists, creatives and cultural organisations to develop their activities. The aim is to ensure 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 national history.

The programme is managed by UK Community Foundations (UKCF) on behalf of community foundations across England and has been established thanks to funding from the National Lottery, where players raise £30 million for good causes every week.

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.”

Jacqui Scott, CEO at HIWCF said, “We would like to thank the National Lottery and Arts Council England for this exciting opportunity to support our local charitable sector during the historic jubilee celebrations. This is a fabulous opportunity for us to celebrate our shared cultural history, and we are looking forward to seeing an exciting range of activities that reflect the diverse nature of our communities. We urge organisations and groups across Hampshire, Portsmouth, Southampton and the Isle of Wight to apply for grant-funding to support their creative projects that can help communities to come together, strengthening cultural and artistic involvement across our region.”

Full guidance and details on how to apply to the Arts Council England Let’s Create Jubilee Fund will be available on the HIWCF website from 4th January 2022 on www.hiwcf.org.uk/grants/ and applications must be submitted by the closing date of midnight on 4th February 2022.


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Notes to Editors

Name: Lucy Sweet, Fund Development Manager – lucy@hiwcf.com
Jacqui Scott, Chief Executive – ceo@hiwcf.com

HRH Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee – HRH Queen Elizabeth II is the first monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee, having overtaken Queen Victoria as the longest reigning monarch in 2015.  Her reign has been marked by a commitment to public service, reflected by her extensive programme of engagements at home and abroad, and support for over 600 charities, military associations, professional bodies and public service organisations, as well as cultural organisations including the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, London Symphony Orchestra and the Southbank Centre.

 Arts Council England is the national development agency for creativity and culture. We have set out our strategic vision in Let’s Create that by 2030 we want England to be a country in which the creativity of each of us is valued and given the chance to flourish and where every one of us has access to a remarkable range of high quality cultural experiences. We invest public money from Government and The National Lottery to help support the sector and to deliver this vision. www.artscouncil.org.uk

Following the Covid-19 crisis, the Arts Council developed a £160 million Emergency Response Package, with nearly 90% coming from the National Lottery, for organisations and individuals needing support. We are also one of the bodies administering the Government’s unprecedented £1.96 billion Culture Recovery Funds. Find out more at www.artscouncil.org.uk/covid19.

UK Community Foundations (UKCF) is the membership organisation for the national network of 47 accredited Community Foundations across the UK. UKCF members inspire local philanthropy, bring communities together and fund great ideas.  We have a deep understanding of need in our communities and the challenges and hopes that face them.

UKCF is the one of the only funders with reach across the whole of the UK, working across England and the devolved administrations.  In 2019/2020 grants were made to 15,546 groups and 5641 individuals – with grants averaging less than £5k. UKCF members supported 4829 philanthropists to achieve their goals. Collectively the UKCF network has endowed funds of £700m.

UKCF was the main distribution partner for the National Emergencies Trust during the coronavirus appeal.  The National Emergencies Trust was formed in 2019 to respond to disasters in the UK, whether local or national. Over £75m has been distributed to local communities through UKCF and its network.

UKCF works closely with DCMS, distributing £20m of emergency funding for Covid-19 and distributing Tampon Tax Funding.  UKCF also works with a range of corporate partners, helping to deliver their ESG activities.

The UKCF network collectively gives out approximately £100 million every year in grants to charities, community groups and individuals in normal times.  During 2020, UKCF distributed approximately £190m.

UKCF supports community foundations by providing advice, learning and resources, by championing philanthropy at a national level and by developing national programmes that invest in local communities.   www.ukcommunityfoundations.org | @UKCF_tweets