Grants are available for projects that deepen people’s engagement with heritage in the local environment and see it as a way of connecting people and place.
A new £200,000 Fund has opened for applications, aiming to support community projects in Northern Ireland that help people to connect with and benefit from the heritage located on their doorstep. The focus is on projects that encourage engagement with local heritage through place, including buildings, sites and monuments, parks and gardens.
Grants of between £3,000 and £10,000 are available and can be used for a variety of activities. The Fund is especially looking to support innovative ways of identifying and celebrating local heritage through the arts, music, storytelling, crafting projects or outdoor activities such as cycling and walking.
Eligible activities include:
- Creation of walking trails, murals or pop-up window displays.
- Development of digital resources, eg, interactive maps, videos, exhibitions and podcasts.
- Digital projects that use existing public platforms to share their content rather than creating new websites that require ongoing management.
- Small-scale physical works such as the erection of plaques or interpretive panels.
Applications are invited from a wide range of organisations, including local authorities, third sector organisations, organisations that care for heritage attractions, private owners of heritage, and community groups.
The deadline for applications is 18 December 2020 (noon).