Cash Available for Jubilee Celebrations

The gov is encouraging people to celebrate the Lord of Mann’s platinum anniversary this year through a sort of new fund.

The official Jubilee celebration will take place over an extended bank holiday from Thursday June 2 to Sunday June 5. Various events are being organised including a ‘Big Jubilee TT Rideout’ on Mad Sunday, as well as the lighting of Beacons across the island.

Following on from the Domestic Events Fund, the Platinum Jubilee Event Fund will be offering a one-off grant to help cover up to 80% of total costs to organise community events.

The event fund will offer up to £5,000 for local authorities and £1,000 for community/volunteer groups and charities to organise events.

There is a cap of £105,000 and £30,000 for local authorities and community/volunteer groups respectively. A gov spokeswoman explained that the total figure of £135k for the fund is the maximum budget that has been re-allocated from existing funding and is not the planned expenditure. The total spent will be down to the number of groups/local authorities who apply for the fund.

The gov said: ‘Events eligible for support must demonstrate a clear link to the celebration of the Queen’s Jubilee in terms of theme and event activity. The events can take place from April 1 until September 30 and can include but not be limited to the Big Jubilee Lunches, street parties, live music and entertainment, festival activities and specific exhibitions.’

More than 1,500 beacons will be lit throughout the United Kingdom, Channel Islands, Isle of Man and UK Overseas Territories mark the jubilee. Those who wish to register a beacon on the Isle of Man or want to find out more information about organising a beacon, are asked to contact Jane Kelly at jane.kelly@gov.im