11:16 Wednesday 11 June 2014

Could a Community Heritage Fund grant help get your project off the ground?

Written byJORDAN DAY

Have you got an idea for a small community heritage project in the Ely area?

Grants of between £500 and £2,000 are now available to help people look after, learn about, extend the understanding of and to celebrate the unique landscape and hidden heritage of the Ouse Washes Landscape Partnership (OWLP) area.

Projects should have clear public benefits, support the OWLP scheme’s objectives and provide input into the partnership’s main events – the Ouse Washes Festival Fortnights planned for July 2015 and 2016.

A spokeswoman for the OWLP said: “The OWLP, which was recently awarded a major grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund through its Landscape Partnership programme, is now launching its small grants project, the Community Heritage Fund.

“Over the next three years, we have a total of £29,000 to give away to community groups in and around the OWLP area – between Downham Market and St Ives.

“This fund is intended to support community groups, organisations or individuals seeking financial assistance to deliver projects in their local communities.

“Project ideas could, for instance, include the creation of a new circular walk/village information panel, bringing an area’s heritage to life via an oral history project or walks-and-talks, heritage skills training or passing on land-based management skills to others, or perhaps a one-day community event focusing on the culture or natural heritage of your local area.”

Representatives from the OWLP will be on hand to discuss project ideas at the Lamb and Flag pub in Welney on Monday, June 30 from 5.30-7.30pm and at the Jenyns Arms in Denver on Tuesday, July 1 from 7-9pm.

On Wednesday, July 2, they will be at the Three Pickerels in Mepal from 5.30-7.30pm and on Thursday, July 3 they will be at the Old Ferryboat Inn in Holywell from 5.30-7.30pm.

For more information, call Mark Nokkert on (01353) 865030 or email mark.nokkert@cambsacre.org.uk.

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