England, Midlands & East: delegated decisions March 2023

England, Midlands & East: delegated decisions March 2023

Schedule of Decisions under delegated powers to the Head of Investment, England, Midlands & East in March 2023.

14 March

A Journey through Kidderminster's Town Hall

Applicant: Kidderminster Town Council

Project description: This project will conserve and interpret heritage assets of Kidderminster Town Hall through a volunteering programme and school and college engagement. It will contribute to a wider Levelling Up project to enhance the Town Hall offer and boost footfall to the area.

Decision: Award grant of £249,696 (100% of total costs)

22 March

Victoria Embankment Water Play Park

Applicant: Nottingham City Council

Project description: This project will restore and bring back to use the historic Paddling Pool, in the Victoria Embankment public park, located in the Meadows area to the south of the city and bordering the River Trent. It will also deliver activities in partnership with stakeholders and community groups to use the paddling pool to expand audiences, enhance social connections, illustrate the area's heritage and biodiversity and to support wellbeing.

Decision: Award grant of £250,000 (33% of total costs)

Holi - The Colours festival @Park

Applicant: Indian Cultural Organisation of Lincolnshire

Project description: India is celebrating her 75th Independence Year as the Azadi Amrit Mahotsav means elixir of energy of independence. To celebrate this milestone, the vibrant Indian community in Lincolnshire is organizing a free-to-attend Holi fair (also known as Mela) in Boston, Lincolnshire. This event will showcase how Holi (festival of colours) is celebrated in India on a community basis, along with the different aspects of Indian culture, food and games.

Decision: Reject

Women of the Seven Seas

Applicant: Spill Festival Limited

Project description: A historic Thames sailing barge will be transformed into a participatory research hub where women 'shefarers' will be invited to contribute their stories of living and working on the water; a culminating lecture performance will be delivered live and via livestream; recorded oral histories will be catalogued and preserved within the Suffolk Archives collection; and a tide calendar featuring beautiful portraits and experiences of participating shefarers will be distributed both as a practical seafaring tool and lasting celebration of these women and their extraordinary lives.

Decision: Award grant of £10,000 (34% of total costs)

Wilder Space

Applicant: Wilder Minds CIC

Project description: This project is to rewild a site which is currently used as grassland. We would like to rewild it to increase biodiversity and create a space where locals can come and spend time learning about our natural heritage.

Decision: Award grant of £9,980 (100% of total costs)

An If Ya Know Your History

Applicant: Projects From Pallets CIC

Project description: Working closely with Port Vale Football Club and Staffordshire University, this community heritage project will see an exhibition of over 50 bottle kiln shaped artisan player planters. All handmade from recycled pallet wood, donated by local businesses and helping to create a circular economy story here in Stoke-on-Trent. The planter/models/artwork will celebrate the City's pottery heritage, recall the club's history and share memories with the public through art and recycling.

Decision: Award grant of £10,000 (100% of total costs)

Past:Present:Work

Applicant: YMCA Derbyshire

Project description: This project will engage with young service users of YMCA Derbyshire, providing opportunities to learn about the history of industry and employment. This heritage will provide a backdrop for skills development that will help participants enter into employment.

Decision: Award grant of £184,735 (100% of total costs)

Abbey Alive

Applicant: West Suffolk Hive CIC

Project description:  This project will provide a natural history and living history activity day in and around the Abbey Gardens in Bury St Edmunds. An opportunity for school groups and the public to explore the past life and the wildlife at the Abbey of St Edmund with a series of interactive walks, talks, trails, entertainment and a BioBlitz survey with local environmental and historical organisations, experts and enthusiasts.

Decision: Award grant of £10,000 (100% of total costs)

Skippers of the Future?

Applicant: Sea-Change Projects Ltd

Project description: This project primarily involves young people and vulnerable adults in accredited skills training, addressing heritage maritime skills shortages. Activities will take place on the Blue Mermaid Thames Sailing Barge as it travels around 10 ports on the coast of Suffolk, Essex, Kent and London.

Decision: Award grant of £47,456 (68% of total costs)

History of Alvechurch FC

Applicant: Alvechurch Football Club Ltd.

Project description: This project is all about exploring the history and roots of Alvechurch FC. It will form a community heritage group who will explore the history through club records, interview local people who have stories to tell about the club, gather and take new photography and video, producing a video documentary and display boards.

Decision: Reject

Grow Wild Seasons

Applicant: Grow Wild Outreach CIC

Project description: This project will involve people with disabilities, mental health needs and neurodiversity in nature conservation activities to improve green spaces and habitats in Kettering and Corby, Northamptonshire.

Decision: Reject

St Michael's Church Handsworth - Feasibility Study

Applicant: Legacy WM

Project description: This project will see Legacy WM carry out a feasibility study into the use of the Grade II listed St. Michael's Church, Handsworth. Exploring the possibility of developing a mixed-use community hub, with dedicated spaces for continued worship, offices and an on-site café.

Decision: Reject

St Mary and St Margaret's - Sustaining and Sharing our Grade I listed Church

Applicant: The Parochial Church Council of the Ecclesiastical Parish of Castle Bromwich

Project description: This project will educate the local and wider community about the history of the church. As well as creating a future development plan to secure the structure of the building and restore the interior whilst looking at the best use for the building for the modern world.

Decision: Award grant of £9,975 (91% of total costs)

Norfolk Archaeological Trust: Its Centenary and Beyond

Applicant: The Norfolk Archaeological Trust

Project description: This partnership project primarily takes place in Norwich, and aims to celebrate Norfolk Archaeological Trust's centenary year by co-curating an exhibition with young people about the trust and the sites it manages, digitising its archives, running an online and in-person events programme. The development of a communication plan and the installation of visitor counters are planned to support organisational resilience and planning.

Decision: Award grant of £118,800 (100% of total costs)

Transition Buxton's Wild Weeks

Applicant: Transition Buxton C.I.C

Project description: This project comprises of a Wild Weeks programme for 12 Buxton and Leek Primary Schools in May/June with a virtual Winter Wild Weeks social media campaign in January as well as a Buxton Students' COP Climate November Conference.

Decision: Award grant of £20,000 (100% of total costs)

If These Walls Could Talk - Revealing Secrets At Hampton Lovett Church

Applicant: Parochial Church Council of Hampton Lovett

Project description: This project will carry out urgent repairs to the tower, turret, and nave of St Mary's and All Saints Church, Hampton Lovett, in addition to running a series of public engagement activities. Hampton Lovett is situated in Worcestershire.

Decision: Award grant of £99,500 (38% of total costs)

All Saints Broseley Church Refurbishment & Heritage Project

Applicant: The Parochial Church Council of the Broseley Group of Churches

Project description: All Saints is a Grade II* listed church located in the market town of Broseley, Shropshire. This project aims to reorganise and repair the Church's organ and bells to enable the installation of a new Heritage Centre.

Decision: Reject

Voices of the Past

Applicant: Diverse FM Community Media & Training Ltd

Project description: This project will recruit volunteers from a range of backgrounds to research changes in radio technology and broadcasting over the last 25 years as well as recording oral histories about the founding and early days of Diverse FM, a community radio station, creating a film to be shared online and within the community.

Decision: Award grant of £61,463 (100% of total costs)

Trust Resilience 2023-2025

Applicant: Buxton Crescent Heritage Trust

Project description: This project is for resilience funding to support the organisation to move on from the difficulties caused by opening during the Covid-19 pandemic and to build a sustainable future with activities and events focused on culture, heritage, education and the arts.

Decision: Award grant of £241,000 (96% of total costs)

Restoring and Recreating the Maypole Tradition in Bonsall Village

Applicant: Bonsall School Parent, Teacher and Friends Association

Project description: This project wishes to reignite the tradition of maypole dancing, and make it a piece of our living history, ensure that children are aware of the history and relevance to their community and help to create new memories and positive experiences for all ages.

Decision: Award grant of £5,289 (100% of total costs)

Gainsborough Heritage Uncovered

Applicant: Shooting Fish Theatre Company

Project description: This project will enable a new audience to engage with their local heritage and bring it to life.

Decision: Award grant of £9,825 (93% of total costs)

CVST's 50th anniversary commemorations and celebrations

Applicant: Tendring Community Voluntary Services

Project description: This project will hold a celebration event for the 50th Anniversary  of Tendring Community Voluntary Services and create a booklet showing the history.

Decision: Award grant of £6,000 (100% of total costs)

The MenHeritage Project

Applicant: Jerusalem Ministries Birmingham

Project description: This project will collect oral histories about fatherhood from 15 African men (with a focus on those from Togo, Congo and Cameroun) in Birmingham. With oral history training and workshops for volunteers, creating a digital heritage comic/photo book, a digital documentary and a new website.

Decision: Award grant of £42,000 (99% of total costs)

St Mary's Church, Bartlow Cambridgeshire North Entrance

Applicant: Bartlow Parochial Church Council

Project description: This project will carry out structural repairs and conservation to the north porch and other areas of St Mary's Church, Bartlow, South Cambridgeshire.

Decision: Reject

Our Heritage and Identity, With Courage

Applicant: GRAIN Projects CIC

Project description: This project working together with the members of LGBTSAND (Safe Ageing No Discrimination) will create a heritage project that explores and celebrates ageing LGBT+ identity across Shropshire. 

Decision: Award grant of £9,210 (86% of total costs)

Newcastle 850 Celebrating the Market Town and Craft Community

Applicant: Friends of the Guildhall Newcastle under Lyme

Project description: This project will be part of a series of events and activities delivered by local historians and partners celebrating the 850th anniversary of the granting of the charter by Henry II in 1173.

Decision: Award grant of £9,850 (100% of total costs)

Sustainable Stockwood

Applicant: Luton Cultural Services Trust

Project description: This project will improve the environmental performance of the heritage site through long and short term strategies.

Decision: Award grant of £10,000 (100% of total costs)

Protect, Preserve and Share

Applicant: Lincolnshire Bomber Command Memorial

Project description: This project is to support organisational resilience, scope future capital works, and develop an archive of post-war materials for outreach purposes.

Decision: Reject

Oakham Canal Oral History Project

Applicant: The Oakham Canal Green Corridor Project

Project description: The Oakham Canal Green Corridor Project is working to create a linear heritage, environment and leisure facility to the north of Oakham, based around the former Oakham Canal. This project will interpret this work creating an audio walk for the canal which will respond to current interest, develop new audiences, and help us engage with new volunteers.

Decision: Award grant of £10,000 (100% of total costs)

Sustaining and Growing Aurora's Heritage and Health Project

Applicant: Aurora Wellbeing Centres

Project description: This project will support Aurora Wellbeing Centres to expand their existing ‘Health and Heritage’ project, and explore other opportunities to increase income to boost sustainability.

Decision: Award grant of £247,244 (100% of total costs)

Black, Green and Golden Age of Northampton Saints RFU

Applicant: Northampton Saints Foundation

Project description: This project aims to preserve, catalogue, collect and share archive material about Northampton Saints Rugby Football Club in the 1950s and 60s.

Decision: Award grant of £65,550 (100% of total costs)

Unsung Heroes

Applicant: Cohere Arts CIC

Project description: This heritage arts project will enable children from 14 schools in Suffolk to access local historical archives and use this as a creative stimulus to produce a song elevating an 'everyday hero' in each school's history. Using creative songwriting and music performance, songs and histories will be shared in live streamed assemblies across the schools, as well as in a public concert.

Decision: Award grant of £50,276 (100% of total costs)

Childrens Cultural Classes

Applicant: Thandizo Nottingham Association

Project description: This project is to continue with an ongoing children’s cultural heritage project which stopped during the Covid 19 pandemic.

Decision: Reject

Uncovering the legacy of Black British Social Workers: Between the personal, the professional and the political

Applicant: Coventry University

Project description: This project will allow Coventry University's Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations to investigate the contribution of Black social workers to the British care system from the 1970s to the present day. This will be achieved through the collection of oral histories, highlighting their experiences of race and identity within care.

Decision: Award grant of £67,672 (100% of total costs)

The Leicester Peace & Love Festival

Applicant: Second Genesis

Project description: This project will help deliver the Leicester Peace & Love Festival that will help to use the artistic talents and undiscovered skills/abilities of those young people to help manifest the belief that all different communities can exist and work together to achieve a positive society, on one collective platform, through one common goal. 

Decision: Reject

Belongings: Windrush 75

Applicant: Evewright Arts

Project description: This project will celebrate the peoples of the Windrush Generation and their descendants who have contributed to British society over the past 75 years. It is a sound and vision experience through a series of curated art films, projections, talks, performances at Tilbury Cruise Terminal in Essex over the weekend of the 24-25 June. The screening programme will then tour later in the year.

Decision: Award grant of £96,366 (96% of total costs)

National Lottery Grants for Heritage grant increase

Bringing Architectural & Village History to Life

Applicant: The PCC of St James Aslackby

Decision: Award grant increase of £93,053 to make a total grant of £301,577 at 84% of total costs

SF4 Heritage Enterprise grant increases

Taylor's: Saving the last bellfoundry in Britain

Applicant: The Loughborough Bellfoundry Trust

Decision: Award Grant increase of £249,992 to make a total grant of £3,705,392 at 57% of total costs

Repair and restoration of Wingfield Station buildings

Applicant: Derbyshire Historic Buildings Trust

Decision: Award Grant increase of £102,800 to make a total grant of £769,800 at 78% of total costs