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Richmond Council offers residents grants to celebrate Platinum Jubilee

Richmond Council is encouraging residents, groups and organisations to apply for grants of up to £1,000 to help organise events to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

It follows the announcement last month to scrap the administration fee for street party road closures this summer to help residents celebrate the event.

The Platinum Jubilee will be marked with a four-day bank holiday weekend from Thursday 2 to Sunday 5 June 2022.

Gareth Roberts, Leader of Richmond Council said: “We want to encourage as many people to go out and celebrate the Platinum Jubilee as we possibly can, and sometimes people find paying for something is a barrier, so if we can waive the fees for this one-off momentous occasion then I think we should.

“We had 232 street parties for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, which was the most in the whole of London.

“This time we have already approved around 125, so I think we will far exceed the previous record.

“People are really pleased. Everyone I’ve spoken to really likes the idea that the council is encouraging people to take part and celebrate the Jubilee.

“We’ve already got Jubilee trees planted across the borough, one across each ward as part of the Queen’s green canopy and there is a palpable feeling of excitement building regarding the events.”

There are two different funding opportunities available.

Grants of up to £500 are open to residents (for example a group of residents from a street or neighbourhood), voluntary and community groups and local charities, to cover the costs of hosting events like a street party or take part in The Big Jubilee Lunch. 

Grants of up to £1,000 are also available for groups looking to host larger celebration events and commemorative activities (including those that have a long-lasting impact) such as a concert or by creating a commemorative mural.

This grant can also support school celebrations and an application for a free street closure must also be submitted.

Full details on how to apply can be found here.

Featured image credit: PAUL FARMER / Cowley Street Diamond Jubilee Street Party / CC BY-SA 2.0

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