Radio Interview – Community Heritage Fund

Mark stars on the radio again

Mark Nokkert – the Ouse Washes Landscape Partnership (OWLP) Programme Manager – was Logosinvited onto BBC Radio Cambridgeshire early on Saturday morning. Seven o’clock to be precise – the sacrifices he makes for OWLP!

The interview was relatively brief but gave Mark the opportunity to get the message about the Community Heritage Fund out to a wider audience.

The Community Heritage Fund

This fund is for small grants of between £500 and £2000 available to individuals or groups inside Captureor outside the OWLP area for projects which “help people look after, learn about, extend the understanding of and celebrate the unique landscape and hidden heritage of the area”. You can read all about it in a previous blog post here.

We have had several expressions of interest from people who are hoping to secure some of this funding, but we are keen to encourage more people to come forward with new and inspiring ideas. Some examples of ideas we’ve had so far are to improve access to local walks through digitisation of walk maps, the development of “silent” canoe trips focusing on bank-side flora and fauna, a “ride-and-walk” tractor and trailer tour allowing for a tractor “walk” and stops for talks about the local flora and fauna, the creation of new circular walks with interpretation panels, a new hide, the cleaning up of a former railway station and then having community events there, the creation of a film by a local heritage centre about the area’s cultural heritage to be shown in homes and pubs throughout the area, the establishment of tours looking specifically at the area’s drainage engineering, fen poetry writing workshops, and microlight aerial photography. But there may be something completely different that you think would fulfil the criteria and engage the local community in the area, its story and its history. An ideal thought starting point: “Get people involved”.

If you are interested in applying for a grant and would like to speak to us, you’ll probably find us in the pub! (See accompanying image, above).

Please come and see us and enjoy a complimentary snack or two!

  •  Lamb & Flag, Welney – Monday 30th June 5.30 – 7. 30 pm
  •  Jenyns Arms, Denver Sluice – Tuesday 1st July 7 – 9 pm
  •  Three Pickerels, Mepal – Wed 2nd July 5.30 – 7.30 pm
  •  Old Ferryboat Inn, Holywell – Thursday 3rd July 5.30 – 7.30 pm

Please find our leaflet here, for the four above events: Community Heritage Fund A5 poster (PDF, 0.5MB) – please hang this up for people to see or pass around to friends, family and colleagues.

Application forms and grant guidance can be found here (and also in our Resources):

The full interview

You can hear the full radio interview given by Mark by clicking below. Once again, as a result of technical restrictions we are not able to upload the interview to this blog for you to download, however if you would like a copy of the file please get in touch and we will happily provide one.

Grants available for Community Projects: now open for applications

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Today we are launching our Community Heritage Fund, our small grants scheme!

 

Grants available for Community Projects

Have you got an idea for a small community heritage project in your local 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.

 

Who can apply?

Anyone living inside or outside the Ouse Washes Landscape Partnership area is eligible to apply, coming from organisations, groups in the voluntary and community sectors or individuals and local companies.

What can we finance?

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

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.

Many other activities could also certainly qualify for a grant; the above is just indicative of the kind of projects we think people might be interested in carrying out.

 

Do you have a project idea? Why not come and talk to us:

As part of the launch of our Community Heritage Fund scheme we will be touring the area: the Ouse Washes Landscape Partnership team will be visiting four characterful pubs spanning the area to discuss your project ideas.

Please come and see us and enjoy a complimentary snack or two!

  •  Lamb & Flag, Welney – Monday 30th June 5.30 – 7. 30 pm
  •  Jenyns Arms, Denver Sluice – Tuesday 1st July 7 – 9 pm
  •  Three Pickerels, Mepal – Wed 2nd July 5.30 – 7.30 pm
  •  Old Ferryboat Inn, Holywell – Thursday 3rd July 5.30 – 7.30 pm

Please find our leaflet here, for the four above events: Community Heritage Fund A5 poster (PDF, 0.5MB) – please hang this up for people to see or pass on to others if you could as well; thanks.

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How to apply

The first two application rounds have deadlines of 20 August & 30 November 2014. Application forms and grant guidance can be found here (and also in our Resources):

 

We encourage you to contact us if you would like some feedback on your initial ideas; we are there to advise you on your project ideas and to guide you through the application process.

We are looking forward to your project ideas; hope to see you in the pub for one of our pub info sessions!

 

More Funding opportunities

Heritage Lottery FundCommunity puzzleAs discussed in a previous post, there are multiple opportunities for local community groups to obtain grants for heritage-related projects.

As part of the Ouse Washes Landscape Partnership we are keen to promote such opportunities, to empower local communities and to assure a sustainable legacy for the area.

Recently a very useful document has been produced by ‘the East of England Funders’, a group of 24 funding organisations. The resulting brochure highlights the latest information for funding opportunities in the East of England region; this is collated in a handy pdf which can be downloaded here:

EofE – funder list – web

 

Now is actually a good time to apply to get your ideas funded; an extract from the brochure which was launched at a conference held a few weeks ago makes this clear:

The purpose of this short publication is to confirm that despite the current economic

downturn we are still open for business and that funding is available for organisations

and projects that make a real difference to our communities and the lives of local

people. In fact many funders have actually increased the amount of money that they

have available in recognition of the tough times that the sector is facing

Advice Surgeries and Funding Fairs

Heritage Lottery FundAs engrained in our vision, the Ouse Washes Landscape Partnership is keen to empower local community groups, in order for them to take forward the scheme’s ideals. Providing people with practical help as to how they can get their ideas funded forms an integral part of what we will be doing over the next four years.

Following on from my previous post, I spoke to the Heritage Lottery Fund’s representative for the Fens area, Rachel Fuller. She gave me some great advice which I would like to pass on to community groups in the area.

Do you have an idea for a heritage-related project and wonder whether the HLF might fund this? The Heritage Lottery Fund regularly holds pre-application advice surgeries in its Cambridge office. These are held twice-monthly throughout the year, with the next ones scheduled for 12 and 26 March. The HLF can offer hour-long appointments between the hours of 10AM and 4PM. Please look here for more dates and how to make an appointment.

The Heritage Lottery Fund will also be one of the organisations present at a Funding Fair on 18 March. This fair is organised by the Voluntary & Community Action East Cambs and will take place at the Lighthouse, 13 Lynn Road, Ely, between 3 and 7PM. Call Jo Black on 01353 666166 for more information. See also this flyer for more information.

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Get your ideas funded – call the HLF

The HLF has recently made several changes to their grant schemes whilst also introducing some new ones and simplifying some of the application and assessment processes. Have a look at their current grant schemes to find out what scheme fits your ideas and to find out how you might be able to get your project idea funded.

The HLF is particularly keen for new projects to come forward from the Fens. As the HLF has received relatively few applications from this area, it currently specifically targets the Fens to encourage more applicants to come forward. See this webpage for some previous projects from the Fens, to get an idea of what other community groups have been doing.

So, if you have an idea for a heritage project in the Ouse Washes area or surrounding Fens, contact Rachel Fuller, Heritage Lottery Fund Development Officer on 01223 224880 or send an email to rachelf@hlf.org.uk; she can then guide you through the process and give feedback on your ideas.

Let me know how you get on with your project ideas