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Funding to develop local heritage projects

Funding to develop local heritage projects

Local community groups in England wishing to develop heritage projects are able to apply for grants of between £3,000 and £25,000 from the Local Heritage Initiative.

As the Local Heritage Initiative provides grants of 100%. there is no requirement for groups to provide any of their own finance to contribute to projects.

Local Heritage is a partnership initiative which is due to run until 2010. The Countryside Agency administers the scheme, and the grants are provided by the Heritage Lottery Fund. Additional funding comes from the Nationwide Building Society. The £10 million Initiative currently covers England but similar schemes will soon be developed for communities in Scotland, Wales and possibly Northern Ireland.

To be eligible for a grant, local groups must actively involve the local community. The type of activities supported range from promoting public access, enjoyment and appreciation of heritage assets and their cultural or historic associations to training of local volunteers.

Groups wishing to apply are encouraged to discuss their projects with a Regional Adviser before completing the application form.

Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world's first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp.

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