The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, March 2022
We are working with National Lottery distributors to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee milestone and to deliver a strong legacy for landscape, nature and communities. These are key priorities in our Strategic Funding Framework 2019–2024.
We use our solicitation power only where it is clearly the most effective way of achieving one of our strategic objectives. And, where the normal process of receiving unsolicited applications is unlikely to produce a successful outcome at all or of sufficient quality.
In this case, soliciting applications was identified as the most effective way of achieving our strategic objectives across the UK within the timeframe:
- addressing our priorities for nature – supporting nature’s recovery, delivering nature-based solutions to address climate change and reconnecting people to landscapes and nature
- a wider range of people will be involved in heritage – supporting the land and nature sector to be inclusive
- the local area will be a better place to live, work or visit
- people will have developed skills
Solicitation for the Jubilee investment
£5m to help communities improve nature on their doorstep, particularly in economically or nature-deprived areas: an application was solicited from the Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts, which has been awarded by our Board of Trustees (see details below).
The application was made under the National Lottery Grants for Heritage programme and assessed against the solicitation brief.
The brief outlined the need to develop a two-year project which would:
- connect people to nature close to where they live
- deliver a strong legacy for nature and communities across the UK
- empower and support people to take action to be part of nature’s recovery, especially in the most economically deprived areas
- enrich wildlife in economically deprived urban and rural neighbourhoods, where people can demonstrably value nature as part of their community
- create opportunities for diverse, creative case studies and content for communications – to coincide with the Jubilee weekend 2–5 June 2022 and beyond
- demonstrate impact against the identified outcomes of: a wider range of people will be involved in heritage, and the local area will be a better place to live, work or visit
As a result of that solicitation, the following grant has been awarded:
Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts
Brief project description: Nextdoor Nature will empower people in 190 economically deprived urban and rural areas to undertake micro-projects that help nature thrive and tackle climate change. Wildlife Trusts across the UK will work with concerned community members – supporting them to identify and implement local action that matters to their community – in ways that are right for their community.
Grant awarded: £4,999,992