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Grants to help community organisations enjoy the heritage, environment and traditions of the South West Peak District

Tue 13 Mar 2018

The South West Peak Landscape Partnership, through registered charity Support Staffordshire, is seeking community groups and voluntary organisations interested in running projects which enable their audiences to learn about and enjoy the natural environment and cultural traditions of the south west corner of the Peak District.

The Partnership’s Community Grant is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund until 2020 and is offering grants of up to £10,000 to community groups and organisations for projects which enhance, protect or celebrate the heritage and countryside of the South West Peak area. Applicant organisations do not need to be based within the area to apply.

Grants Officer Sally Bentley said, “Organisations based outside the South West Peak area are very welcome to apply for a grant. The important thing is that the project involves the South West Peak itself. We’ve already funded an arts project which uses the area as inspiration, for example, and we’re keen to fund schemes which bring people in from outside the South West Peak who may not normally get a chance to visit it, or which get people involved in activities such as walking, foraging, or photography.”

The Community Grants programme is part of the South West Peak Landscape Partnership Scheme which is supported by a £2.4m Heritage Lottery Fund Grant. The Grants programme offers grants of up to 50% of total project costs, to a maximum of £10,000. Beneficiary organisations are required to find match funding for their projects, this includes cash match, for example from an additional grant, and in-kind match through volunteers giving their time or skills.

Sally continues, “The deadlines for the next two rounds of South West Peak Community Grants are 10th April and 2nd July 2018.”

“We encourage groups to talk to us about their project ideas as many may not realise that their projects meet our objectives and are eligible for our funding – heritage is much more than old buildings, it includes wildlife, people and communities too.”

“And don’t let the lack of match funding be a barrier either, as we can help you to look for additional funding too.”

Take a look at the Partnership’s website www.southwestpeak.co.uk and if you would like to discuss your project or ideas please contact Sally Bentley or Ruth Wilson, on 01538 381356 or email sally.bentley@supportstaffordshire.org.uk or ruth.wilson@supportstaffordshire.org.uk