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More than £20,000 granted to community groups for their Platinum Jubilee celebrations

Published Thursday 17 March, 2022
Last updated on Thursday 17 March, 2022

Swale Borough Council has granted more than £20,000 to community groups and voluntary organisations in Swale to celebrate The Queen’s 70-year reign.

The platinum jubilee grant scheme has been so popular that the council has had to close it earlier than expected.

The council originally earmarked £25,000 to give to community groups and voluntary organisations in Swale to fund street parties, BBQs, and entertainment over the long weekend, but with applications totalling more than £30,000 in the first month, has had to close the fund early and agreed to move money from their heritage and culture grant fund to meet the extra demand.

Councillor Richard Palmer, cabinet member for community, said:

“We’ve had an outstanding response to our platinum jubilee grant scheme, with applications totalling more than £30,000 in the first month.

“The scheme has been so popular that we’ve had to close it after just one month when we anticipated we’d have it open until December for longer term projects.

“After a terrible few years, local communities are taking the opportunity to get together and celebrate in honour of The Queen’s platinum jubilee, and if the number of applications for street parties, BBQs, picnics, afternoons teas and entertainment are anything to go by, it’s going to be a weekend to remember.

“So far, we’ve committed to pay out just over £20,000, but we still have applications to go through and an additional £10,000 to find.

“We had allocated £25,000 to the jubilee fund but have decided to move an underspend of £6,000 from our heritage and culture grant fund to help fund the rest of the applications.”

Cllr Elliott Jayes, deputy cabinet member for community, said:

“We want people to get together with their friends and family and have fun. We have a reason to celebrate and should grab it with both hands.

“We’ve paid £1,000 to Sheppey Matters to hold an afternoon tea with entertainment at Sheerness East Working Men’s Club for 100 of the island’s senior population, £864.87 towards a family fun day at Faversham pool with games, a fancy dress competition and BBQ, and £1,000 towards a free jubilee themed summer fete in Borden with live music, family games and children’s entertainment.

“There will be a wide variety of celebrations happening across Swale on the long weekend and we encourage everybody to take part.”

Celebrations are being held across the country during a four-day bank holiday weekend from Thursday, 2 June to Sunday, 5 June.

Platinum Jubilee grants are now closed.